Prevent Cat Scratching with the "3 D's" ..
Some cats have a strong dislike for citrus scents, so spraying furniture with a lemon or citrus-scented spray might dissuade them. Keep in mind CatTime’s tips for helping cats , and apply some of these ideas to teaching kitty where not to scratch.
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Pretty throws could work on the couch, maybe just draped over one cushion. Or even a cat bed. You'll have to keep putting them in the right spot for awhile and spray them when they go to an unprotected area. Wipe off the furniture with a damp sponge to collect a lot of the fur. As far as the scratching, put lots of posts around. There are sprays for furniture that can discourage them from scratching but I haven't found any that work really well. I keep my couch against the wall with tables, etc. on each side. They can only get close to the front. Put something under the seat cushions that will drape down and cover the front/bottom of the couch. I'd start doing some of this while you still have the old furniture, if it's not too late. Other than the suggestions we've all given, the only other option is having them declawed. There's a lot of controversy over this, but we brought them into our homes, and we'll never be able to get rid of their natural instincts. That's asking too much. So declaw if nothing else works for you and remember that we've already domesticated them so much that a little more isn't that bad.The easiest way to instantly deter a cat from scratching your furniture is to spray it with a water bottle. As you probably already know, cats hate water (most of them, at least), so spraying them will typically cause them to pause for a second and run away. It's not a long-term solution to your cat-scratching problem, but it will instantly stop them when they are caught in the act.Animals have virtually no short-term memory at all, and this means that your dog or cat won’t be able to connect bad behaviour to a disciplinary action unless it happens within seconds of the offence being committed. Basically, going nuts when you come in from work and find your couch cushions ripped apart really won’t achieve anything at all. Instead, you need to try and catch your pet while they are scratching and communicate to them that it is not acceptable. For cats, spritzing them gently with a spray bottle when they start to scratch should be sufficient for them to create a negative association which will eventually deter them from scratching, but you should remain silent and as still as possible when spritzing them. This will help them to make the association with the water rather than with you being nearby. You can also buy herbal scent deterrents to spray on your furniture, which whilst not unpleasant to the human nose, is usually enough to discourage cats from revisiting those pieces of furniture.1. Buy a scratching post. Maybe two. Because this is a normal and important behavior for cats, they need to have a designated place to do it. 10 times out of 10 you will not like the place they choose to act out this behavior. Encourage the use of the scratch post by putting it in a room where you hang out. They don’t care about communicating news to the back corner of your basement. Also, sprinkle catnip on the post. It’s fun for them — and its fun to watch.2. Discourage scratching on furniture by making it less appealing. Cats like to scratch on things that are soft, that they can sink their claws into a little bit. But you know what they don’t like? Aluminium foil. I know this sounds tacky, but I just put it on the furniture when Im gone or when nobody is coming over. Remember: this is training. Once they focus on another place to scratch they like to go back to the same spot. If they discover the couch isn’t fun, they find another place to communicate (hence the scratching post )3. Citrus. Cats are not big fans of citrus at all. If you get a citrus spray and spray the furniture, sometimes that is enough of a deterrent as well.4. Calming devices. Consider the possibility that the cat is stressed out. For some cats, new furniture equals change, and change equals stress. There are now pheromone sprays that you can either spray on your furniture or plug into the wall that really help calm cats down and make the new furniture less stressful. I have seen very freaked out feral kittens in cages completely calm down after these sprays were used and was amazed. (I thought it was a gimmick, too!) Here is a link to the .5. Soft Paws. Soft Paws are vinyl nail covers. They were invented by Toby Wexler, a veterinarian in 1990, and have saved countless numbers of cats from going through the agonizing procedure of declawing. They come in different colors and last four to six weeks. I need to buy more than one packet at a time, but only because of the 28-claw thing.