How to wean a cat from scratching furniture? Specialist answers!
Scratching furniture can prettyly spoil the interior and the nervous system of the owners. Why do our pets do this and how to wean a cat from scratching furniture?
Pictured: cat scratches furniture
Why does a cat scratch furniture?
A cat can scratch furniture for two reasons:
- She needs to grind her claws.
- Thus the cat marks the territory.
However, no matter what the motives of our furry and clawed friend are guided by, the hosts are no better off. Scratching furniture is one of the reasons for refusing cats, and even if it remains in the family, this does not contribute to a warm attitude towards pussies.
How to wean a cat from scratching furniture?
Many decide on drastic measures to combat scratching furniture - to remove claws. This procedure is prohibited in many countries of the world, but, unfortunately, not with us. The operation to remove the claws is very painful, as is the rehabilitation period, since not only the claw is removed, but also the first phalanx of the fingers. Therefore, we can not recommend this method of combating furniture scratching.
Moreover, there are humane ways to wean a cat from scratching furniture.
It is impossible to make a cat not sharpen its claws, but you can train it to do this in specially designated places. On sale there are a huge number of claw points. Offer your cat several choices to figure out which one she likes. When you make a choice, place a few selected claws on the perimeter of the house, but be sure to firmly fix them so that they do not fall and scare your cat.
To attract the attention of a cat, the claw can be treated with catnip, hang your favorite toy purses on it. You can also use cat-attracting sprays, which are sold at pet stores.
Place the clawcloth near the bed of the cat. These animals love to stretch their legs after sleep.
Each time the cat uses the claw point for its intended purpose, praise it.
Secure access to things that the cat scratched before. These are temporary measures, until your pet is fully accustomed to the scratching post. You can also use repellent sprays or paste over scratch marks with double-sided tape or foil.
When you catch a cat at the time of scratching, just distract it.
In no case do not punish the cat physically! Physical punishment will not lead to anything good, the effect of them is only negative.
It is also necessary to regularly trim the cat's claws.
What in no case should you do when weaning a cat to scratch furniture?
- Do not force the cat to approach the claw point and do not force it near the claw point.
- Do not discard your favorite scratching post.
In the photo: Cat scratching post«