Custom woodworking forum: How to Stop a Cat From Scratching Furniture

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Sep 29, 2013 1:01 AM CST
Avoid punishing your cat if she scratches an inappropriate area - punishment teaches the cat to not scratch in your presence, but it won't deter a cat from scratching when you're not around.
Avoid letting your cat scratch an old couch, even if you plan to get rid of it soon - this will only encourage your cat to scratch the new couch.
Consult your veterinarian about alternative treatment options before you give up. Destructive behavior is a leading reason why people surrender their cats to animal shelters.
Aversive-tasting substances will not help, since scratching does not involve the taste buds.
Yelling and loud noises may cause anxiety and encourage destructive behavior.
Scratching is a natural behavior, so blocking the cat's access to one area will simply encourage him to scratch elsewhere.
Oct 2, 2013 7:37 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Giving your cat a more suitable and satisfying place to scratch can save your furniture. There are a number of scratching options out there. Some cats will prefer a post made from corrugated cardboard while others will prefer a carpeted surface. My cat prefers a pole covered with carpet attached with the backing on the outer surface.
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