Stop your kitten from scratching your furniture
Cats and kittens scratch furniture in order to mark their territory; they have no means of differentiating your tired old table from your brand new designer furniture and will happily shred both to pieces.
If you’re coffee table is on its last legs and you just don’t know what to do with your scratchy cat then carry on reading as there are solutions that won’t see your kitten forced into a future of mitten-wearing.
The first thing you need to do is work out where your kitten likes to sit; more often than not this will be by a sunny window or in a warm corner – now go out and buy two or three scratching posts and put them in these favourite spots.
When your kitten is relaxing they will have a scratching post to enjoy at the same time which will hopefully deter them from scratching the legs of your sofa.
Scratching posts come in all sorts of different materials; textures, softness and colours so try and figure out which one would be best for your kitten. If your kitten tends to attack wooden furniture then go for a coarse scratching post, but if she just loves the fluffy stuffing from your arm chair then pick a softer one. Cheap scratching posts can be picked up from most reputable pet shops for around five or six pounds.
Whenever you see your kitten using her scratching post make sure you have a little treat or reward ready for doing so as this will help to reinforce the good behaviour.
Many kittens and cats choose to scratch after they’ve woken up from a nap, so if you’re around when your kitty wakes then give her a little extra attention and put her near her scratching post so she can mark her territory where she’s supposed to.
Excessive scratching is disruptive behaviour and there’s usually an underlying reason for it; so if you’ve tried all you can think of to get your kitten to scratch her post but she still attacks everything in sight then seek advice from your vet as they could help to explain why your cat is so naughty.
Do remember though that they won’t ever stop scratching completely as it is territorial behaviour – it’s instinctive to a cat and to try and stop them from doing it completely will make them feel scared and insecure, so just try and encourage your kittens and cats to do it the right way instead.
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