3 Ways to Prevent Cat Scratching - Drs. Foster and Smith
Spraying behaviors in your cat can cause problems for you and your family. Not only is the behavior itself irritating, but spraying can also ruin furniture and cause your home to smell really bad.
There are many ways to use orange oil to keep cats away. Orange oil dabbed onto a cotton ball and applied to fabric on patio furniture cushions keeps cats from returning to rest upon the soft seating. Test on an inconspicuous area first to be sure the oil doesn't stain. Mix 10 or so drops of orange essential oil with water in an 8-ounce spray bottle to spray the perimeter of areas the cats find attractive. Oils of lemon, eucalyptus or lavender can be mixed into the solution as well -- cats don't care for any of these fragrances.
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.I saw on "Barking Mad" to dampen a wash cloth and wring out and wipe down cat with cloth and wipe area where cat sprays, as in furniture or window sills, etc. Or have cat checked for urinary tract problems as well. Our female cat sprays on strong, unwashed male clothing left around. I have grandsons. They won't pick up their clothes, but she won't do it if they are clean. (02/22/2010)I have a small dog that used to pee on the corner of my couch, a fabric modular style. Nasty! I found sponging off the worst, rinsing off with vinegar and water, then patting dry. (Don't use bleach or similar as ammonia smells just like pee to a cat/dog and it may just encourage them to use that spot!) Dry with a hairdryer if necessary and lightly dust on some white pepper. Cats and dogs always sniff first, then pee, so a bit of pepper up the nose won't harm them, but will certainly deter them. For lingering smells, try sprinkling on a small handful of bi-carb soda and leaving for a few hours. Brush or vacuum off. Sometimes spraying the cleaned surface with a fabric water repellant can help until the animal learns not to use the furniture as a loo. We have a good brand called ScotchGuard in Australia, but there are many types around. Good luck!This spray is safe to use on your furniture and all other indoor and outdoor items and plants. This spray is great for training your cat or repelling the neighborhood cats.Cats are known for their curiosity and can get into some tight spaces. Prevent your cat from going into certain places in your home and garden, or from inappropriately eliminating, with the use of natural, essential oils. These natural oils derived from plant sources smell pleasant to people but not to cats. Spray these oils directly on furniture, walls, solid surfaces and even garden plants to deter cats from coming into these areas. For cats, provide more appealing scratching alternatives than your upholstered and wood furniture. If your problem scratching area is around doorframes and the wooden legs of desks, consider a piece of cat furniture or post made of cedar, say . If your cat can’t resist the soft sides of your couch or the nap of your best rug, choose a carpeted cat tree or perch. Sisal, the rough and tough marine-grade rope that scratches back, is great on a vertical post or tree. “No matter what tempting option you provide to replace your own furniture, a pinch or spray of catnip on the new scratching area will further encourage her to seek it out,” they say.