Cats love to scratch, and they scratch for many different reasons:
- It helps to condition and sharpen their claws
- It’s a way of stretching their body
- It’s a way they can play
- Some cats use it to mark their territory
The best way to avoid cats scratching your furniture is to have a scratch board or scratch post in place. Create a habit by spraying the scratch post or scratch pad with catnip spray to get your cat hooked. Spray every fifteen minutes for an hour if you are trying to get your cat addicted to a new scratch board or post, they will go crazy for it and then only want to scratch the scratch post – hopefully.
If after getting a scratch pad your cat keeps moving back to your furniture then you need to make the scratch post as attractive as possible and the furniture as non-attractive as possible, so spray a cat repellent on your furniture which will deter your cat and catnip on the post.
If the catnip is working keep randomly spraying the scratch post to keep encouraging the cat.
Cat scratch posts
Cat Scratch Posts - These are often just a straight post to claw. Some of the things to keep an eye out for are the construction of the post as you want them to be sturdy, and some of the large cat posts can be recovered, as they have a sturdy base with a ten-year guarantee.
Cat Scratch Towers - Having a cat house on top of the scratch pole is becoming more and more popular. It allows cats to claw, play or just curl up and sleep in it.
Cat scratch boards
These are generally boards that are made with corrugated cardboard. Cats love to scratch and rip them to shreds over time, providing a great way for cats to release their inner scratchiness.