My cat scratches the sofa and furniture, how to make a cat stop scratching the sofa? Don't you get your cat to stop scratching what it shouldn't? Here we leave you a 7-day training to teach your cat to stop scratching the sofa.
Why do cats scratch?
Before you can teach your cat not to scratch your sofa (or your other furniture), you have to understand why he does it in the first place. Cats scratch things for several reasons, including:
- To stretch: Scratching provides valuable exercise and stretching for the muscles and tendons in a cat's body from the toes to the neck and shoulders.
- Mark: A cat's paws contain scent glands that they use to mark their territory with their nails. It is important that feline social structures use this method of communication. Even if you only have one cat in your home, you will feel the need to convey information in this way.
- To maintain nail health: Scratching helps a cat remove the nail shell from the outside periodically, as necessary, to keep the nail healthy.
- Feel good: Scratching simply makes cats feel great. It relieves stress and decreases the possibility that your cat develops other unwanted behaviors.
IMPORTANT! You should never unseat your cat. Learn about the desgunlación in cats and their effects here.
7-day plan for your cat to stop scratching the furniture
Follow these simple steps that we detail below to prevent your cat from scratching your sofa or furniture.
Day 1: Decide, locate and buy several cat scrapers and some interactive toys. This is a critical step in the process. It is essential that you choose the right type of scraper because providing your cat with a surface that he does not like will not work. Be sure to choose a scraper for cats that is strong, sturdy, tall and covered with a material that cats like to scratch.
Day 2: Place cat scrapers strategically around your home. Choose places where your cat likes to hang out, such as near windows or in the family area. Cats also like to stretch and scratch when they first wake up from a nap, so it's a good idea to place a pole near your usual sleeping area or your cat bed. Cats scratch in part to mark the territory, so do not place the scraper in an area that is little traveled by it. It is important that one of the scrapers put it near the sofa or the furniture that your cat usually scratches. When you see your cat inspecting his new scrapers, reward him and let him see that he is well.
Day 3: Make the sofa (or furniture that scratches your cat) an unattractive place to scratch. You can achieve this using one or more of the following techniques:
- Place a sheet around the scratched area of the sofa hard so that your cat can't get under and scratch it.
- Use double-sided tape or foil on the sofa.
- Spray the couch with a citrus aroma spay because cats have a natural aversion to citrus odors.
Day 4: Make your cat interested in its new scrapers by spraying them with catnip. Pay attention to him when he is close to the scrapers and every time you see him use them, reward him.
Day 5: Make your cat even more interested in your scraper using a fishing rod type toy. Start playing with your cat with this toy a few meters from the scraper. Once your cat is playing, drag the toy until its end covers the scraper. Often, When cats "discover" their scraper in this way, especially when covered with a material they like to scratch, they will be attracted to using the scraper.