Tip: Keeping Cats from Clawing Carpet and Furniture.
3. Although, I have not tried , I understand these lightweight vinyl caps that come in an array of sassy colors can be placed over each of your cats claws. The end result: your kitty will have the look of a day spa pedicure but they will not be able to scratch. Soft Paws are known to prevent many human toddler tears, as kitty just cannot inflict much damage with claws covered in lipstick pink vinyl caps. Your furniture, carpets, curtains and nerves will also be spared. If your cat is particularly stylish, Soft Paws now come in glitter tones as well as , such as “candy corn.”
Another easy way to keep things interesting for your cat is to provide some angled cat scratching posts in surprising places. These posts give your cat a third, angled position to scratch from, and they are made from corrugated cardboard. Angle scratchers provide a different scratching position that helps stretch and work even more muscles. We find many cats scratch backward—meaning their front claws are at the bottom of the angle, their rear ends toward the top. Being able to scratch in both positions is not only entertaining for your kitty but also provides health benefits.
Everyone who has ever owned a cat has scars and snags on her furniture and rugs to show for it. Scratching is a natural part of cats’ behavior. They do it to mark their territory, clean and sharpen their claws, and stretch the muscles in their paws, legs and backs.Trim your cat’s claws. That is the first thing to do. It won’t stop a cat from scratching, and that is not our aim here, but if you trim your cat’s claws regularly, it will lower the damage to your carpet. .Cats like to scratch. They scratch during play. They scratch while stretching. They scratch to mark territory or as a threatening signal other cats. And because cats’ claws need regular sharpening, cats scratch on things to remove frayed, worn outer claws and expose new, sharper claws. All this scratching can cause a lot of damage to furniture, drapes and carpeting!Back kicking carpet by: Mark The way you describe the action of the rear legs reminds me of a standard move by mostly male cats when in combat. Our cat Thomas does this move often but not in the standing or crouching position. He will lay on his side and grab a stuffed animal with his front paws and hold it to his chest. He then kicks with both of his rear paws (claws extended) to shred his enemy. In this case a defenseless stuffed animal.I’m not sure but it sounds like your cat may be simulating doing battle with the carpet. Maybe you can find him something else to attack that he will like better then the carpet? Did you know that when your cat’s claws rake the carpet, she is fulfilling three nature functions at once? (Four, if you include making you mad!)The point is to make her special scratching furniture attractive and your couch unattractive, both emotionally and physically. To physically make your furniture unattractive, many things can be done. A thick throw over the couch works, as it moves with your cat’s claws and does not allow your cat to dig in. Certain non-toxic air fresheners, like citrus, mint or lavender, also works for carpeted areas and the like. Double-sided tape, a foil covering or the bottom prickly side of a plastic carpet runner are all surfaces that can protect different items. Most are temporary measures that assist your training, but are removed later. Also a product called Sticky Paws is made for this purpose, and a complete listing is at the end of the article.