3 Ways to Prevent Cat Scratching - Doctors Foster and Smith
I have 2 indoor cats and several cats in the neighborhood come to my sliding glass door and create big holes in my screen by scratching. I have already replaced my screen once and do not want to do it again. What can I do to deter cats from coming to my back door and scratching big holes?
I have three cats and two old couches that are shredded. We just bought 2 new loveseats for our living room. Does any one have a homemade solution to deter our cats away from these couches or a really good product to buy that actually works? I have tried a store bought product that didn't work and I have also used vinegar dabbed on the fabric with no luck. I tried placing aluminum foil on the edges, which works, but it is not so pretty. Also, once I take them off the cats are back at it. I tried squirting them with a water bottle when I catch them, but they mostly scratch at it late at night or when no one's home. I am out of ideas. My last hope is to declaw them, which probably isn't cheap and I heard not so great for older cats. Please help!
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.If you don't mind spraying your furniture and curtains with a liquid solution, several homemade compounds that can be used to deter cats from getting near enough to start scratching. Furniture legs can often be protected by citrus-like wood polish or some other heavily perfumed wax. Cats dislike strong odors will usually not risk transferring some of the odor onto themselves, which can keep them from scratching at furniture legs.A common concern of cat owners is that their cats will damage furniture, carpet, or draperies with their claws. Since cats have an innate need to exercise and use their claws by scratching, it can be difficult to train a cat to not scratch vulnerable materials. A number of chemical deterrents and other options are available to discourage cats from approaching your furniture in the first place.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.