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Q: Has anyone used any product that has stopped their cat from scratching furniture?

November 15, 2008 | By Lora W. | 8 answers | Expired: 2097 days ago

Has anyone used any product that has stopped their cat from scratching furniture?

My cat has started scratching up my furniture and under my bed. She uses her scratching post when you catch her, so she's knows better. Does anyone know of a product that would work to stop the scratching?

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Breezy P.
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Nov 18, 2008

I have a cat named ember and she is a scratcher. I discovered this product called SoftClaws or SoftPaws (its the same manufacturer with different names.) Its this little plastic cap that you super glue onto the cats claws. It prevents them from scratching you and your furniture. And as an added bonus, they come in colors! Ember has hott pink and they are just adorable!

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kevin  p.
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Nov 16, 2008

I have 5 cats. i use scratching posts and the cardboard kitty alpine scratching inclines. They work for my cats. I usually repalce two every other month. The two-side tape i hear works. I have always showed my cats the inclines so they know where they are and i move their paws like scratching motion that they do. They get the idea and tear the shreds out of them. I have all male cats. reward the with good praise and maybe a treat if they use the scratching post. They scratch to one, strech and two, to sharpen their claws.

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Greenkittenbrechler
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Nov 16, 2008

my neighbor's put soft paws on her kitty. another neighbor uses double-sided scotch tape.

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Emily B.
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Nov 15, 2008

I have tried an organic, no-scratch spray, and after I sprayed it on the couch the cats would sniff the spot and act like they didn't like the smell and then scratch anyways! I tried the spray for about two weeks, and then finally resorted to rearanging my furniture. Which I think has done the most good. By putting my couch against the wall they can't scratch the back, and by putting tables on the sides, they have a harder time scratching the arms. I would also try attracting her to "prefered" scratching items with catnip as the others have said. I don't recommend declawing because I have heard bad things about this proceedure, like that it can make the limb permanently laim. I also don't think that it is very nice for the cat because scratching is in their nature, but I can certainly understand wanting to!

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Reagan R.
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Nov 15, 2008

My friend put double-sided tape on her couch and that stopped her cat from trying to scratch it.

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Sarah B.
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Nov 15, 2008

This is a great question & one that I have had in the past well w/ 2 of our cats. We have started to put clear packing tape on the area of our living room furniture where they like to scratch. We also no put all 4 cats downstairs for the night where they have all their toys, kitty playhouse, litter boxes & food & water. We also have 2 scratch posts w/ carpet that you can buy. We encourage they use this to scratch by sprinkling it w/ dried catnip once a week or so. All these things combined have helped but not completely stopped the cats natural need to scratch. Two of our cats we had declawed while they were sedated for spay or neuter when they were kittens. That is the best suggestion I have for you. If your cats are to old to now do that, try some catnip around the scratching posts you can buy & place in an area you don't care they scratch & roll in the nip. Best of luck to you. We are on our 2nd set of living room furniture due to our oldest 2 cats that aren't declawed. Scratching is a natural thing & hard to deter once they start. Hope this helps. I like the other 2 answers from zootooers as well. I would like to try the soft paws but didn't know if they would stay on the cats nails or if they would bite or chew them off & swallow them. My luck they would.

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Linda T.
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Nov 15, 2008

Lora,

Your cat does not "know better" she has just associated you being around and she should use scratching post. But when you are not around she scratches? There are many products taht you can try like, double sided tape placed over the areas, placing the scratching post infront of the areas, confine the cat from the areas when you are not around so you can redirect the behavior BEFORE it happens.

You need tall scratching posts for your cat to stretch and scratch and a horizontal one. There are may types of post, cover with rope, carpet and even cardboard. Place them many places around you house, near where your cat likes to scratch now and then you can gradually move them.

Make sure that you play with your cat 10 - 15 minutes 2-4 times daily around the scratching post and reward your cat anytime she is near the posts.

I hope this works.

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jennifer r.
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Nov 15, 2008

I use soft paws for my kitten and they work great....have the vet put them on though! That way they scratch NOTHING!

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