Cats love to scratch. They always scratch when they are playing and stretching. They also do this because their claws need regular sharpening. Cats clawing on furniture and other things in the house are not good; it also can make the furniture unattractive to the eye of the owner as well as if you have guests at home. But clawing is a natural habit for cats to do. They need to do this for themselves. But that’s not good, destroying furniture and other household goods, either its natural activity for them, but we need to make action for this kind of natural activity of our beloved cat.
What are the things we need to consider for this cat natural behavior? Should we put them in a cage or we should just get them out in our house? Are there any solutions for this kind of problem that we encounter with our cat or we just need to give up?
No need to worry, there are things that may can help you solve your problem about cats clawing your furniture. No need to put them out of our house just to solve this problem. I know that there are times that we consider cats as our friend; there is a lot of cat lover who say that cats are really a good friend and a good companion. They say that their cats are with them through good and bad times, so for this problem that we experience with our cat, we have to think positive and find a solution. Here are some tips that may help you how to stop your cat from clawing your furniture:
UNDERSTANDING CATS CLAWING BEHAVIOR
Are cats doing this clawing behavior just to give you a headache? Or are they doing this for a purpose? The answer is yes, cats clawing behavior have purpose, they not doing this just to make you upset for them. They aren’t doing this for them, when they scratch; they exercise their muscles in their body. It’s also helps them sharpen their claws. It also their own way to relieve stress and to feel good. Understand this behavior of your cat is important just find a way to help them, the best thing to do is to teach them what and where they will claw or scratch.
If you love your cat so much, then you should be patient. Make time for your cat too. Caring for them will also be a solution to your problem because they will feel if you cared or not. Always make something for your cat so that you can easily capture his/her attention, and may result to a good way to distract them to claw your furniture. Be patient in order that cat will be more close to you and will be soon leaving his/her habit.
BUY A SCRATCHING POST FOR YOUR CAT
One of the best ways to stop your cat to claw your furniture and other household goods is to provide a scratching post. But before buying one you have to know that if you buy a scratching post you also know where to place it. Where do you think your cat usually hangs out? So better place scratching posts around your home, where your cat always likes to hang out. You have to be sure that the scratching post you buy is well built and not shaky, it also should not be too heavy so that if happen to fall, nothing happens to your cat, buy not only one scratching post, it’s better to buy more than not enough, because cats are usually not around in one place at a time. When you decided what to buy, you have to make sure of it, so it’s not a waste of time and of course money. It’s better to be sure than wasting, right.
SCRATCHING POST STRATEGIES
After buying scratching posts, now figure it out where to place it, like I said put it to the where your cat always hang out. For example, we all know cats love to scratch when they already wake up in the morning so put one scratching post near where your cat sleeps. The most furniture that your cat always scratches is your couch or sofa, so put one also there. Be observant. Locate every place you think your cat loves to go. You can also figure it out the part of your house that your cats go by, seeing some marked of your cat’s claw.
TRAIN YOUR CAT TO USE THE SCRATCHING POST
You have already bought scratching post and successfully locate and put scratching post around your home where your cat usually go, but the question is it’s that all you need to do. The answer is no. Eventually, we know that after all, there is still be scratching activity that your cat will do, it takes time for the cat to figure it out that there is a scratching post that you buy for them. So better to train your cat or encourage your cat to use it. Use catnip oil, rub it to the scratching post, after that you can help cat to gently put his front paws onto the scratching post and move up and down, if you have time to train your cat, do it as much as you think you do it. Always remember that you should be careful to the cat, because even it’s your cat there is a tendency that your cat will harm you. A cat who forces to do things they not want to do will eventually bite or hurt you, so be careful.
USE UNPLEASANT TAPE AND SPRAYS
Using tape and sprays in your furniture and place where your cat always scratches are also a way to stop your cat from clawing. For example, you can use herbal spray or double-sided tape to some of your furniture to prevent your cat to scratch.
DULL YOUR CAT’S CLAWS
It is important to trim your cat’s claws regularly; this is the most effective ways to prevent them to claw your furniture and household goods. If you do it, then less damage you can get.