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Q: How do I get the cat to stop scratching my furniture?

March 10, 2009 | By Coopere | 13 answers | Expired: 1852 days ago

She is an indoor cat but too old to have declawed. We have tried spraying water at her but it doesn't seem to work. No one is home with her all day.

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Julia B.
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Mar 13, 2009

We got a cat nip box it is a box with catnip in it and it is made out of cardboard. It is meant for cats that scrach furniture. We got it and it cut down on most of her scrachting.

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JulieYG
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Mar 10, 2009

Our cats have scratched our furniture also. We have a very nice cat tree they don't use too much and I have tried using the cat nip spray on the tree so they like it better than my couch but didn't work. They have nail covers you can buy and I believe they are called Soft Paws. They make them for dogs and cats and various sizes and colors. They do work really well. I know Care A Lot has them in Virginia and I think they have a website or call your local vet and ask if they know who carries these.

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kevinskats
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Mar 10, 2009

Thanks for not considering declawing...it is very hard on cats, especially older cats. There are several things you can try. A good scratching post or cat furniture which has a scratching post built in, a cardboard scratching pad or also, there is some spray you can get at the pet store which helps deter cats from scratching on furniture. I have even heard of just using a light mixture of vinegar and water.

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Sophie  S.
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Mar 10, 2009

get one of those scratching pads (sold at Target and Wal-Mart) with cat nip in it. Place the cat on the pad from time to time and calmly move the cat there if you catch it scratching furniture. Our cats love it and have never scratched the furniture

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Felicia T.
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Mar 10, 2009

I would suggest deluting eucalyptus oil (available at health food, drug stores and sometimes Wal-Mart) with water and spraying at least once a day for a cpl of weeks. I havn't noticed any stains, but you can spray a separate strip of faboric of some kind and tuck or hang where scratching is Not Allowed. This PLUS a variety of scratching posts with cat nip and logs of wood will allow them to recognize where to scratch and where not to. Hope this helps.

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Pam N.
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Mar 10, 2009

I have read about putting double sided tape to the part of the furniture that they scratch. They hate the stickiness. I have not tried it myself so I can't say how that works for sure. I would try some inconspicuous part of the furniture where the scratching is done and be sure it doesn't harm the wood or fabric.

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Megan  S.
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Mar 10, 2009

Try using vinegar and water. That is what I use for my cat Lily and it teaches her a lesson because she licks the water and vinegar thinking its just water and then when she gets the taste of vinegar she's like, "EWWWWWWWWW!!!!!"

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Carol1231
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Mar 10, 2009

I would make sure you get a scratching post or two and give her toys to toss around.

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jessie w.
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Mar 10, 2009

Make sure you have a tall scratching post or two around the house. You might want to set it where he is scratching. Put some cat nip on it.

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Katy9
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Mar 10, 2009

My cat loves scratching posts and the cardboard scratchers(cheap. Maybe she is lonely and wants attention. Cats hate citrus so try a little lemon in the water you spray at her.

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