Owning a pet cat can be a joy, but scratching furniture can be difficult. Both the wellbeing and happiness of your dog as well as the care of your furniture must be maintained. With patience and perseverance, it’s possible to teach your cat how to avoid furniture scratching.
The first step in teaching your cat not to scratch furniture is to protect both your cat and your furniture. Put plastic covers over your furniture, or invest in scratching posts and other items your cat will scratch rather than furniture. To protect your furniture, use a claw cover to trim their claws and use a claw protector.
In lieu of furniture, the second step is to reward your cat for using the scratching posts or other furniture instead. If your cat scratches the post rather than the furniture, give them treats and verbal praise. Your cat will begin to associate scratching the post with rewards over time, encouraging them to use it more often.
The third step is to make furniture off-limits to your cat. For your cat and the furniture, such as a chair or a baby gate, place a physical barrier between them. When your cat approaches the furniture, you can also use double-sided tape or a motion-activated device that emits a sound or a spray of water.
The fourth step is to redirected your cat’s attention away from the furniture. If you find your cat scratching the furniture, distract them with a toy or other sport. Furniture scratching can be prevented from occurring when your cat is engaged and involved with other activities.
The fifth step is supposed to be regular. Or they may decide it’s okay to do it again if your cat scratches the furniture even once. Make sure everyone in your household is aware of the furniture-scratch law and enforces it.
Lastly, take the time to learn your cats’ needs. Cats may scratch furniture out of boredom, apprehension, or to identify their territory. Try finding different ways to solve the root of the issue, such as toys or spending more time with your cat.
With patience and perseverance, it is possible to teach your cat not to scratch furniture. Providing your cat with proper cover and praise for using the scratching posts, making furniture off-limits, redirecting their attention, and being consistent will all help you achieve the desired outcomes. It’s also important to know your cat’s needs and seek out how to handle them.