How to Stop Your Cat From Scratching Your Couch
Cats are not like dogs. Dogs love to please you while cats seem to have a mind of their own. There are times when they seem to be doing something just to annoy you and, yet, the very next moment they will be curled up on your lap and purring. It is often hard to figure out exactly what they are up to and if they are up to anything at all.
One of the most annoying things about cats is their tendency to scratch your furniture. If you have owned a cat for any length of time, you probably fall somewhere between two camps: those whose cats have tried to scratch the couch at least once and those whose cats scratch the couch every single day. So, is there anything which can be done to deter your cats from scratching up your furniture?
Make the Couch Unappealing to Scratch
This is your first step in the process. It may take a little getting used to for yourself, but once you have retrained your cat, you can go back to your normal way of life. What you want to do is to make your cat not want to go near your couch, and there are a few ways in which you can do that.
Cats love to scratch. It provides them with a variety of comforts. Simply put, it just feels good. They get to stretch their muscles. If you have ever watched a cat scratch, you will have noticed the position which they get themselves into. It also helps them shed their old claw sheaths, which is a normal process which allows new growth. The outside husk is shed, and their claws remain healthy. When they scratch, they also mark their territory. There are many reasons to scratch. The first part of your job involves you making it uncomfortable for them to scratch your couch. Here is what you can do:
- Cats love the material which couches are made of. If you tuck a sheet around your couch so that they cannot get to the couch material, then they are going to be put off
- You can also use double-sided or aluminum tape. They hate touching that stuff with their claws
- If that is not working, then try spraying the area with a citrus spray. They detest citrus odors
These three tips will go some way to deterring your cat from scratching your sofa, but you are only half-way done. If you are removing their favorite scratching post, then you have to replace it with something else.
Create Scratch-worthy Places For Your Cat
If you deter your cat from scratching your couch, but do not have another pace for them to scratch, they are either going to find another piece of furniture to destroy or find their way back to your couch. Here are some tips for guiding your cat’s scratching.
Invest in some cat scratching posts and cat toys
Cats love to scratch, and if you can guide where they scratch, then everyone is happy. Just make sure that the material in the cat post and the toys are sturdy, durable, and on which cats love to scratch.
Place the toys and cat post in places where you cat loves to hang out
Placing a cat scratching post in a window is a great idea and will allow your cat to view the outside world from a higher perch. You can alas place the toys near the area they usually sleep in so that they see them when they first wake up.
Cats love to be the center of attention so do not hide your cat post away
Place it where it can be seen, and where your cat can be seen scratching it. If your cat does not seem interested in the cat post or toys at first, then help them to be interested. You could fill toys with catnip or spray honeysuckle on the cat post. You could also direct their play to these toys and cat post. Perhaps you are using a cat laser. The cat is chasing the red dot on the ground; have them chase it for a while and then run the laser up the cat post a little. With a little guidance, you can have your cat on the post in no time.
Should I Trim Their Claws?
This can be a tempting solution. A quick trim of the claws, or a compete declaw, can solve the problem without having to do anything, but take a moment to think about your cat. Their claws are a part of who they are. Declawing a cat is taking away a part of what makes them a cat. You also face several possible risks.
During declawing surgery, many things can go wrong. The procedure can leave your cat with infections and more. You also run the risk of your cat not being able to defend themselves. If your cat escapes your home and comes face to face with another animal, then they will not be able to defend themselves. Your claws are a part of your cat, and there are better ways to help your cat with their scratching problem.
A cat scratching at your sofa can be a very annoying and frustrating habit, but there is something which you can do about it. Using our two-pronged approach, you can deter your cat from scratching your sofa while giving them a place to scratch.
You are never going to get your cat to stop scratching because stretching and scratching is a way of life for all cats. The best you can do is to guide them to scratch other places. By helping your cat find a place to scratch, which is not your couch, you are making your life easier which playing an active part in your cat’s life. A cat which has a place to scratch and a place of their own is going to be a happy cat, and a happy cat means a happy owner.