We had been so happy that our long-term renovations had ended and we were all excited to celebrate with all the fun touches for our new bedroom. A big and colorful rug. Two comfy chairs to snuggle up in with a book next to the wall fireplace. Matching chairs with gorgeous pillows that Cassidy’s Aunt Deborah had made for us. We were so excited, and then extraordinarily disappointed when Juniper had scratched one of the chairs. Our brand new chairs! Luckily, she’s cute!
It doesn’t have to be that way! You may be wondering why do cats scratch furniture? Cats are territorial by nature and like to feel in control of their territory. They have their own ways of telling other cats (and us) that “this is mine!” That’s why they leave scratches that are visible to you – those marks are “territory messages” from their paws. That’s why if you want to get rid of the “territory messages” on your beloved furniture, you can move those messages to places they SHOULD scratch. Make sense? It will! When it comes to cats and furniture scratching, your inclination may be to declaw your cat.
1 – Keep your cats’ nails well groomed and trim.
2 – You can also invest in nail caps. They are placed over the cat’s claws. I used to call them nail mittens for cats. You have to re-apply them regularly, as cats’ nails grow fast. There are several brands that make nail caps.
3 – Deter your cats from the surfaces you love! People have different ways to do this – like applying foil or double-sided tape to the surfaces. Or they use fragrances that are pleasant to us, but unpleasant to cats – like citrus.
4 – Keep them entertained at home. Make sure they’re not bored! Have plenty of food, water, and toys and invest in a solid, sturdy, stable scratching post(s). Up to 40% of cat owners don’t provide a scratching post!? The best ones are tall enough for when your cat fully stretches out, won’t wobble when used by your cat, and have a texture your cat likes. You may need to try several – like sisal, carpet, cardboard, etc. We have one in each room. Speaking of scratching posts and areas..
5 – FELISCRATCH by FELIWAY®. This is a wonderful way to stop unwanted cat scratching. Cats are sometimes exercising their paws or cleaning their nails, but scratching is often about marking their territory. It’s about redirecting those “messages.”
FELISCRATCH by FELIWAY® is your simple answer to inappropriate scratching by by redirecting it to your scratching post. This is clinically proven to help reduce or stop unwanted scratching in the home on both vertical and horizontal surfaces. Usage is simple! You cut the packet open and pour it on your surface. To be safe, place your scratching post horizontally over a sink or newspaper and apply slowly by drawing two or three lines. Then wait 5 minutes for it to dry.
Then place the post close to the area where your cat inappropriately scratched, or where they rest. And if you have more than one cat, make sure you have as many scratching posts as you have cats. The product sends a message to a cat visually (blue lines) and invisibly (“territory messages”) and this encourages your cat to scratch there. It mimics the natural feline territorial messages, which is that smart and simple solution! Use once daily for 7 days, and then 1 pipette at the beginning of week 3, and 1 pipette at the beginning of week 4. It’s recommended to complete a full 4 week protocol.
FELISCRATCH by FELIWAY® is perfect for many occasions, like adopting a new kitten, when you want your cat to scratch a scratching post he or she has previously ignored, when your cat is scratching in unwanted locations in your home, when stressful changes at home are anticipated, and when renewing a scratching post or introducing a new one into the home. Do not place your scratching post behind furniture or in a corner. It should be sturdy, stable, and tall enough (at least 90cm tall). They recommend using only vertical scratching posts made of cardboard or rope. We have one of each at home.