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Is there anything that will stop my cat scratching the furniture?

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sosofedupnow Sun 03-Dec-17 09:11:02

My cat loves scratching my new crushed velvet bed and my sofa.

I have heard there are sprays you can use but not sure how likely they are to work! Has anyone tried them and do they work?

I'm at the stage now where I don't want to buy new chairs for my dining table as I know she is going to ruin them.

We love our cat so much and she is part of the family but I would really like to find a way to stop her trashing my furniture.

cakeymccakington Sun 03-Dec-17 09:16:49

I've used the double sided sticky tape to good effect.
Also I got a HUGE scratching post for them. They like to be able to stretch up to use it. I sprayed a bit of catnip on to make them like it more 😂

Also maybe try some other toys. Sometimes cats scratch out of boredom

BeetrootTart Sun 03-Dec-17 09:21:00

Laminate it grin

I've long since given up. One will only claw the carpet the other will only scratch the sofa. She uses all four paws and scoots around it like Spiderman on a wall 🕸

Dontknowwhattodoknowok Sun 03-Dec-17 09:22:00

Do they have a scratching post?

I have a post and I never witness my cat scratching furniture (although I know he does as it’s pulled to bits) and he uses it every day. The other thing I’ve been suggested it’s double sided tape all down the sofa but that looks awful! I tend to hide the arms of my sofa with a throw so he can’t get to the bit he likes to scratch.

dementedpixie Sun 03-Dec-17 09:22:54

A spray bottle with water in may deter them . Do they have a scratching post?

Grumpyoldpersonwithcats Sun 03-Dec-17 09:47:51

We ended up buying cane furniture. Cat Proof grin

dun1urkin Sun 03-Dec-17 09:52:44

A really big, fat sturdy scratching post stopped ours. Something tall enough for them to have a proper stretch on, that won’t wobble when they give it a good scrat.
Any furniture scratching we have now is very light touch, and is attention seeking hmm rather than serious

sosofedupnow Sun 03-Dec-17 20:59:31

She does have a scratch post, it is quite big but I don't think she has to stretch to scratch on it!

I have tired using a spray bottle of water but she often scratches my bed when I'm sleeping so I'm not quick enough to get her

Snowinsummer Sun 03-Dec-17 21:04:57

The trick is to give them something they prefer. Downstairs a coir door mat worked well (just put it on the floor near to the area that was being scratched) & upstairs a wicker chair (which has been wrecked a bit but it was v cheap so easy to replace). The chair is very stable if they want to have a full body stretch! Also covered the armchair downstairs they were scratching with a blanket & they didn't like that as much.

Snowinsummer Sun 03-Dec-17 21:06:16

Oh yes & I've wrapped table legs in bubble wrap

silentpool Mon 04-Dec-17 01:29:50

I think it is a matter of consistent training. If I saw my cat scratching the sofa, he would be immediately removed and taken to his scratch mat. In the early days of training, I would use a water pistol, so that he associated that negative behaviour with a negative outcome. When he used his scratch mat, he received positive attention.

lizzieoak Mon 04-Dec-17 01:41:48

Tape rings made out of wide packing tape works well, as does tin foil. Putting tin foil on your furniture will make you look batty, but for the most part it works.

cakeymccakington Mon 04-Dec-17 09:56:41

I would keep your door closed so he can't get into your room to scratch the bed

sosofedupnow Fri 08-Dec-17 07:12:01

It's very difficult to keep my cat out of my bedroom as if I close the door she normally cries outside all night and wakes me up. But last night I closed the door and I didn't hear her all night. Maybe I just slept very soundly.
I'll do it again tonight to see how it goes

FluffyWuffy100 Fri 08-Dec-17 08:57:23

Try a flat cardboard scratcher in your bedroom and near the sofa.

Mine was scratching the bed when he woke up, got him an extra cardboard scratcher and directed him onto that every time and now he always uses that.

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