Do you remember the first time when you discovered your cat had scratched up a favorite piece of furniture? I know what you are feeling. I felt my blood pressure go through the roof the first time I found that my cat Salem had scratched up my favorite lounge chair.
Do not panic. Our cats really do not hate the furniture but they do love to scratch. In fact, scratching helps cats to strengthen their tendons and muscles and mark their territory.
So what are the necessary steps for cat scratching furniture prevention? The answer is to redirect your cat to use a scratching post. Her are the steps to consider in regards to the scratching post:
1. Use multiple scratching posts. Place one near the furniture he scratches, place another in the area he normally plays, and place one in the are he sleeps (cats love to scratch right after they awake).
2. Scratching posts should be made of sisal. Sisal is a material that a cat can easily shred to pieces.
3. Use a horizontal as well as a vertical post to accommodate your cat’s scratching positions.
4. Place a bit of catnip on the scratching post to attract your cat to it.
5. If necessary, show your cat that it is alright for him to scratch on the posts by doing it yourself. Do not attempt to place your cat’s paws on the post. He will get the idea.
Make sure you follow these points or your cat might begin to scratch up other items of value in your home including the drapes, carpets, or window shades.
Training your cat not to scratch the furniture will take time and patience. If your cat is stubborn, which they can be, it will take even longer to train him. Arm yourself with more knowledge on cat scratching furniture prevention and you’ll be able train the most stubborn cat.