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Cat scratching carpet, how to stop?

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ilovewelshrarebit123 Thu 02-Mar-17 18:40:05

We've had our beautiful Ivy for 4 weeks, she has the run of the house apart from my bedroom and kitchen.

In the day she's fine while I'm at work, at night she sleeps under the bed in spare room. I won't let her in my room as she purrs in our ear all night and gets up at 5am!

My DD sleeps with me and Ivy is scratching the door and carpet from 5 am onwards.

I'm shattered and the carpet has a threadbare patch (I'm in rented). The rescue suggested double sided tape as they hate it, not Ivy, she just pulled it off.

She's content, lovely, but adores my DD and obviously wants to be with us. She has a scratching post and uses it. Strange thing is she's happy to sleep all night on her own until her tummy rumbles!

Has anyone got any suggestions of how stop her doing it in this particular place.

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 02-Mar-17 19:13:02

I lock mine in the utility room overnight. He has a covered dog bed, fleece, hot water bottle on chilly nights, food, water and a tray.

I need my sleep.

PosiePootlePerkins Thu 02-Mar-17 19:18:29

We have two cats and girl cat the naughty one used to spend most of the early hours scratching at the lounge carpet and door to try and get to us. We have a strict no cats upstairs at night rule, they have the run of our large lounge and kitchen and as much as I love them, I am up at 6am to feed them which is quite early enough thank you!
So now we have an elaborate system where we drag a heavy chair into the doorway, stuff up the gap with a pillow, and put a heavy box the other side of the door. Sounds crazy but it has stopped her getting up to mischief.
So ultimately what I am saying is, you can't stop them scratching and wanting to be with you, but you can fine ways to ignore it!
<awaits flaming from litter tray posters who are much better and more devoted slaves than megrinwink>

Orangebird69 Thu 02-Mar-17 19:19:32

Does she actually have a scratching post or similar?

Orangebird69 Thu 02-Mar-17 19:20:08

Edit - ignore me 😳

PosiePootlePerkins Thu 02-Mar-17 22:13:00

If only I had a utility room fluffy that sounds so much easier!

GalenJustGalen Fri 03-Mar-17 15:35:44

As a last resort you could try one of those food dishes that's on a timer. I've used them when I've had to leave for more than 24 hours at a time. If your cat is only scratching because she wants you to get up and feed her, a timed dish might do the trick.

Otherwise, no advice here. My cat likes to scratch at the rug. The really expensive Oriental one, of course. Nothing will deter her. Goady little beast.

fruityb Fri 03-Mar-17 15:38:42

Catnip the scratch post, mine fell in love after that and always uses it. The little bastard went for the carpets when he wore the last one out so bad to buy another sharpish!

littlemissM92 Fri 03-Mar-17 16:36:12

this sounds exactly like my boy gets to 5am and he meows and scratches spare room door.. I'm a wimp though and go and let him in with me

MrsNuckyThompson Fri 03-Mar-17 20:09:34

I think a really good sized scratching post really really helps. Many of the pet shop ones are just too small for most adult cats and not sturdy enough.

Years ago I ordered two online which are each about 4 ft talll. Our average sized cats reach almost to the top when having a good old go at it and I think you can see the satisfaction in their faces. Like having a really good stretch!

cushioncovers Sat 04-Mar-17 21:14:09

I gave up and just let him upstairs after he used to launch himself at the kitchen door as soon as it got light in the summer and we put biscuits out for him before bed he doesn't bother us at all now.

Weedsnseeds1 Sat 04-Mar-17 21:42:39

I have to admit, all of mine, over the years have just slept on the bed with me. Door open, come and go as they please during the night.

Trustyourself2 Sat 04-Mar-17 22:02:12

Leave food down for her where she sleeps. Some biscuits that she can nibble on when she's peckish. 2 of my cats sleep with me. I close the bedroom door and have dried food, water and a litter tray in the room, so they have everything they need & don't disturb me. One of my cats is a carpet wrecker & has been since very young & I'm not sure they can be stopped. I don't have many carpets, so I'm not bothered.

Does she have a bed to sleep on under the spare bed or a pillow she can be comfy on?

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