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How to Stop Your Cat From Clawing Your Furniture

Last updated 6 years ago

If you’re tired of your cat ruining your upholstery or you’re worried about its behaviour boarding at a cattery, finding out what causes your cat to scratch in the first place can be useful for developing prevention strategies.

Why Do Cats Scratch Furniture?

The first thing to understand is that cats don’t scratch your favourite chairs in order to make you angry - they scratch because they need to. Scratching is as natural a part of a cat’s behaviour as purring and eating, as this action is used in the wild to signal their presence as well as to aid with grooming by removing dead cells from the claws and keeping them sharp. Cats often target specific areas in the room that they claim as their ‘territory.’

Preventive Methods

Some cat owners resort to declawing their pets to eliminate this problem, but many vets advise against this procedure due to the pain involved. A more humane approach is to buy a scratching post and encourage your cat to use it by covering your furniture with materials cats don’t like, such as aluminium foil. Many cats like to scratch after eating and sleeping, so you can condition them to use scratching posts by making sure these are nearby during those times.

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