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Scratching furniture- what's the best deterrent ?

Discussion in 'Cat Training and Behaviour' started by Brightonian, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. Brightonian

    Brightonian PetForums Member

    Aug 6, 2013
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    Hello everyone :)

    I moved last week with my 2 cats and now they have settled a bit more they have started to scratch the sofas. I have a scratch pad but they aren't interested! I used to use the double sided tape strips but wondered if anyone had come across anything better? Xx
  2. buffie

    buffie Mentored by Meeko

    May 31, 2010
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  3. CoCoTrio

    CoCoTrio PetForums VIP

    Jan 3, 2013
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    I find double-sided sticky tape very effective. :)

    The other thing I use is cheap self-adhesive carpet tiles, nice dark colours, cut them to fit, stick them on the sides of the sofa or door frame or wherever and then the cat can scratch away happily without damage.
  4. chillminx

    chillminx PetForums VIP

    Nov 22, 2010
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    Provide lots of cat scratchers and cat trees, as others have said. Have several different types in every room the cats use. Rub all the cat trees etc with powdered cat nip.

    When your cat goes to scratch the sofa, lift him/her up calmly and take them to the nearest scratcher, (several of which should be near the sofa) and gently paddle their front paws up and down on the scratcher, mimicking the movement they would make themselves. Be prepared to do this quite a few times until your cat understands what is expected of them.

    This method has never failed to work for me with all the cat & kitten companions I have ever had, including senior rescued cats, who might have been expected to be too old to change their ways, but were not!.:)
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