Every pet lover knows the struggle of keeping their dogs or cats off their good-linen sofas. This is an especially big problem for cat owners since cats just love scratching furniture. The sensation of stretching their claws over any hard furniture relaxes them and helps keep their nails in shape. Scratching is also a way for them to mark their territories.
Cats need to scratch as a way to stay healthy both mentally and physically. Not only does it help them relax, but cats can also remove skin layers from their nails in the process. However, when your feline friend decides to use your favorite couch as a scratch post, your own relaxation is at stake!
Nevertheless, there is no need to worry. Every cat owner or house cleaner should know that you can use some tips and tricks to keep your cats off the good furniture while still staying calm and healthy in the process. Here are some of the easy ways to keep cats off furniture:
- Put Up scratch Posts Where the Cat Usually Digs In Its Claws
- How To Find the Ideal Scratching Spot?
- Make Your Furniture Less Appealing For Cats
- Make the Scratch Post More Appealing For Cats
- Get Rid of the Scratching Problem Altogether
- Change Your Cat’s Other Habits Regarding Furniture
Put Up scratch Posts Where the Cat Usually Digs In Its Claws
You may notice that most cats have specific areas in your home where they like to scratch. This could be anywhere from the corner of a sofa to the edge of your bed. You can put up a scratch in these particular areas as a substitute in their designated scratching spots so that they avoid your furniture altogether.
Scratch posts are generally designed to be a lot more comfortable, convenient and overall better for your cats instead of furniture, so your cat will most likely switch over to these posts as their new favorite scratching spots.
Scratch posts can be easily found at any local pet shops or online for relatively affordable prices. You can even make DIY scratch posts at home using simple materials like wooden frames and carpets. Regarding the type of post, make sure to notice whether your cat likes to scratch horizontally or vertically so that you can buy or make a horizontal or vertical post accordingly.
How To Find the Ideal Scratching Spot?
Cats can use scratching as a way to communicate emotions and needs. If your cat is happy or nervous, you may see her scratching your furniture or other surfaces like carpets to convey her emotions. Sometimes there may be other spots besides the furniture, like near your front door or in other corners of the house.
Once you notice the scratching patterns, you can either 1) tackle the underlying stress/need to stop your cat from scratching, or 2) set up new scratching posts on the alternate scratching spots other than the furniture to change your cat’s behavior.
Make Your Furniture Less Appealing For Cats
If your cat enjoys specific furniture pieces around the house, you can alter those pieces to make them less attractive. For cats that love to scratch horizontally, place a layer of tin foil over their choice spots to keep away your kitties.
The sound and texture of the tin foil are off-putting for cats when they are scratching. You can also use dual-sided sticky taping as an alternative. While these are great for keeps most cats away, you may be unlucky enough to have a clever cat who will continue to scratch the furniture regardless.
Make the Scratch Post More Appealing For Cats
Alternatively, if the above tip doesn’t work, you’ll have to go for the opposite route. Try some positive reinforcement to make the cat more attracted to the intended scratch post rather than your furniture. One neat trick you can use is placing some crushed catnip in and around your post, as well as rubbing some catnip over the padding or carpeting of the post.
Some cats enjoy catnip and will be naturally attracted to the aroma. For cats that aren’t interested in catnip, try placing some of their favorite treats or toys around the post area, or pet your cat whenever it comes close to its post and uses it. These will make the cat more comfortable with the scratch post so it avoids your furniture.
Your scratch should be firmly fixed in place without any wobbling. Cats require hard surfaces for scratching. Any wobbling or sudden falls can scare the cat away and make them disinterested in the scratching post. If your cat stops using the scratch post over time, it’s likely the scratch surface is worn out and you’ll need to replace your post with a new one.
Get Rid of the Scratching Problem Altogether
While scratching is definitely important for your cat’s health, you can cut down its need to scratch by trimming or cuttings its nails. This will likely keep it from going after your furniture. You can opt between clipping and completely declawing its nails by a vet, or you can trim your cat’s nails at home by yourself. This requires a lot of patience and caution since you can injure your cat if it isn’t compliant.
Declawing cats is usually a last resort. Cats need their nails as a means of defense and for hunting or climbing, especially if your cat is an outdoor pet. Make sure to consult your vet to get an idea of what works best for your pet.
Also, you can choose a safer method than pruning your cat’s claw. That is using soft claws nail caps for cats. These caps are usually made of plastic, which blurs the cat’s claws. They are useful for 4-6 weeks.
Change Your Cat’s Other Habits Regarding Furniture
Scratching isn’t the only thing that keeps your cats focused on your couches and cushions. Some cats enjoy curling up on a warm sofa, while others are messy and cause spills and accidents over the furniture in their mischief.
To avoid any stains, odors, and hairs collecting on your favorite furniture, you’ll have to scare away your cats. Every cat lover knows that cats are afraid of sounds, water, and sudden movements. That is where these tips and tricks come in handy:
Make sure to keep an eye on your cat to make sure it isn’t misbehaving. Once caught in the act, use a spray bottle or water gun filled with clean water to scare away the cat. Do not use contaminated water or other chemicals since that can harm your pet. You should not be too aggressive with the spraying, since this may cause the cat to react adversely. In addition, it can even damage the furniture you’re trying to protect.
Water spraying only works when you’re at home and can keep an eye on your cat. For moments when you’re out of the house and tensed about the cats wreaking havoc, you can use the balloon technique. Blow up some balloons and secure them over the seats using either tape or string.
Most cats are innately afraid of balloons and tend to avoid them. If a cat tries to climb up on your sofa and scratch, the balloon will pop and that scares it away.
This technique is great for when you have hardwood floors. Avoid using this method with marble floors since they will get damaged in the process. Place the aluminum pans along the sofa surface. Once your cat climbs onto it, the pans will drop to the floor. This will create a loud noise that will scare the feline away.
- Use citrus fruits, peels and smells such as lemons and orange on your furniture. Cats tend to avoid citrus since the smell is too strong and irritating for them.
- You can also sprinkle or spray cayenne pepper and vinegar over furniture to keep cats away from furniture.
Remember, no matter how troublesome your cat’s habits may be, avoid hitting or yelling at them. Because these can trigger other bad habits or adverse reactions from them. If you follow these tips and tricks, you should easily be able to keep your cat happy. Plus, your furniture will be pet-free at the same time! It’s a complete win-win situation.