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Can cats be trained to never scratch the sofa or is it just pot luck???

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Magicpinkshadow Thu 08-Jan-15 12:29:13

I have a 9 week old kitten and a 3 week old sofa!! Not a great combination I know!! I previously had a cat and he was never interested in scratching the sofas I'm hoping this kitten will be the same. Do any of you have any tips to try and safe guard against this???

isseywithcats Thu 08-Jan-15 13:04:06

plenty of alternatives to sharpen his claws on as in scratching posts what i did when i bought a leather suite was put some lemon juice and oil into a spray bottle and sprayed the sofas and polished it with this mixture as cats dont like lemon, or if material suite you can mix lemon juice with water and spritz the suite with this mixture

isseywithcats Thu 08-Jan-15 13:06:00

also keep a spary bottle near you with just plain water in it and if the little dear goes to scratch the sofa a quick spray of the kitten soon gives them the message that its not a good activity to indulge in,

lljkk Thu 08-Jan-15 13:08:11

You can encourage them to scratch elsewhere (a surface you provide), by showing them how great it is to scratch there (you have to act like a cat). Read up online or see youtube.

One of our cats copies & others are too thick to figure it out.

Cats like to scratch right after naps, eating or poo'ing: so you want your desired scratch surface near where they sleep-eat-open bowels.

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 08-Jan-15 13:46:26

Ours never used the sofa as a scratch post.

Then I bought a Duresta sofa.

You can imagine the rest.

Magicpinkshadow Thu 08-Jan-15 13:55:47

Ah great seems like I'm on the right track then, he has a scratching activity thing which he uses, also a few toys and he is played with for a couple of hours a day by me and my dc! I do spray him with a little water when he try's to jump up . Does lemon water damage the leather on the sofas at all??

isseywithcats Thu 08-Jan-15 15:27:34

on leather you mix the lemon juice (only a little) with oil not water it polishes and feeds the leather so no it doesnt damage it

chockbic Thu 08-Jan-15 15:32:58

Oh dear Fluffy sad

You can get a catnip spray to put on his toys or scratch post. Hopefully as an alternative to your sofa.

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 08-Jan-15 16:16:37

It's ok, I'm having his legs amputated and mounting him on wheels.

RubbishMantra Thu 08-Jan-15 16:45:54

grin ^^

springalong Thu 08-Jan-15 17:37:27

Fluffy - with you on the wheels smile Cat is on about his 19th life for sofa sabotage (and stair carpet)

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