My cat is scratching my furniture

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Registered: 02-18-2013
My cat is scratching my furniture
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Sun, 04-28-2013 - 9:04am

Recently my cat has begun scratching the back and sides of my living room furniture and I don't know how to get her to stop. I am afraid she is going to tear it up. I bought a scratching post from the pet store but she doesn't seem interested in it at all. What can I do?

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Registered: 07-02-1999
Sun, 04-28-2013 - 7:29pm

A couple of ideas. First - double sided tape will discourage her from using the furniture. And try a different type of post. I have several....a cat tree with carpet and the horizontal type made of cardboard. I had never used those before until a mom cat I was fostering was scratching on the carpet rather than the tree. She LOVED the horizontal surface. You can encourage use of the the scratcher using catnip too.

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Registered: 11-20-2001
Mon, 04-29-2013 - 8:04pm

Yes, those horizontal ones are great!  

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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-23-2002
Tue, 04-30-2013 - 1:36am
I have 5 cats and find they love variety of scratching surfaces also. Mine love horizontal as well as vertical. The tape is a good idea, and so is Feliway spray.


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Registered: 06-16-1998
Tue, 04-30-2013 - 2:19am

I've used the double stick tape and it was very effective. The one I got is called Sticky Paws, they sell it at most pet stores. You can leave it on the furniture for a long time and it does not damage the upholstery when you remove it. Because it is clear its not too noticible; for a while most of our furniture had it on the corners. The cat doesn't like the feel of the sticky stuff on the paws and she stops trying to scratch there.

Community Leader
Registered: 03-24-2000
Tue, 04-30-2013 - 3:19pm

I have also used Sticky Paws or double sided tape to keep my cats from scratching my furniture.  It works really good.  Cats can be picky about the material and the way their scratchers are set up.  Most of my cats like those inclined cardboard scratchers.  Like Jeanne suggested putting catnip on your cat's scratcher may encourage her to use it.

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Registered: 01-25-2000
Tue, 04-30-2013 - 4:21pm

I don't have any furniture that is conducive to cats scratching on.  But I do have a piece of wood in the back room that they use all the time.  Works for me.  Now about the shedding problem?  That is another story. LOLSmileycons!

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