Cat Scratching the Walls & Furniture!

Cats are very intelligent.

Did you know they can achieve the mental level of a 2-year old human? And..you know what they say about the “terrible two’s”. At least children grow out of it.  Don’t dispair, cats are smart and trainable!

That being said, its no wonder they are great problem solvers and figure out ways to get what they want.

While you are assessing the “why” my cat is destroying your house. Let’s look at some possibilities to get your cat to stop destroying your walls and furniture.You might even be considering declawing your cats but I would like to advise you to reconsider. Declawing your cat traditionally involves the amputation of the last bone of each toe. If performed on a human being, it would be like cutting off each finger at the last knuckle. Declawing can potentially lead to other types of problems.  Read what the Humane Society is saying about declawing cats here.

Cat Scratching Problem Solving 101

#1 – Make sure you have enough cat scratch posts:

  • Purchase or make a sisel scratch post.  You say you already have one? Great.

Where is the post located? Is it in the back bedroom? Where does your kitty like to hang out? Does he prefer to be with you in the living room?  Place the post where your family spends most of their time.  Buy or make more than one post and place them in all the rooms.  Most importantly, put it near the area that your cat is destroying.

#2 – Is your post sturdy?

  • Cats don’t like to scratch or play near a post that is shaky or topples over.  Make sure the base is heavy enough that it won’t fall over.

#3 – Enticing Your Felines

  • Feed him and play with him near the post.  If your cat is playful get out your wands and start paying near the post. Praise when cat scratches the post.
  • Next, sprinkle some fresh catnip on the post.  Make sure it is a good catnip not some packaged old stuff from China.  Sometimes cats don’t seem to like the catnip not because they don’t like catnip but because it isn’t fresh. You can buy some great catnip grown right here in Oregon at Kitty Hooch Catnip.

#4 – Discourage

  • Go to the toy store and buy a squirt gun. You can also use a generic spray bottle.  Put the setting on Stream.  Keep several around your house so you are prepared to spray when you cat starts scratching the objects you want to keep them off of. You can also blow a whistle every time you see your cat scratching the couch or walls too. Maybe wear one around your neck so you can be prepared when the moment arises.

#5 – Wash the area your cat is scratching.

  • Use a citrus scented water.  Infuse the water with Lemon or Orange peels. This is a great deterrent.

#6 – Double sided tape

  • I know, you hate the idea of plastering your walls with tape.  This can help keep them off the areas you are teaching them not to scratch on until they learn only to scratch the wonderful lovely sisel posts you have strategically placed around your home.

Take your cats for a walk:

Cats like to go outdoors.  If your kitty is an indoor only cat.  You can certainly put a harness or collar on your kitty and take him for a walk.  Yes, they like to go for walks too.  Maybe they are just bored and need some more stimulation in their day.

Let’s wrap this up with a Pawsitive list:

  1. Be kind to your cats, don’t declaw.
  2. Remember your cat’s need to scratch, its natural.
  3. Punishing cats for scratching doesn’t work.
  4. Provide Cats a suitable place to do what they naturally do…Scratch.
  5. Entice them to scratch the posts, use sisal posts and some good catnip from Kitty Hooch.
  6. Use deterrents where your cats are scratching. Citrus Scent, Whistle, Spray Water.

Share with us some other ways you have had success.  Everyone could always use a few more ideas and solutions!

Of course, I couldn’t end this post without mentioning that we would love to cat sit for your kitties next time you are traveling.  They could become more destructive if left alone so don’t forget to call your pet sitter and schedule your visits.

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