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How to Protect Your Furniture From Cat Claws

How to Protect Your Furniture From Cat Claws
For most of us, our dream home is not complete without a beloved pet.  Many of us choose to open our homes to cats.  This is an intelligent choice for certain reasons, like mouse control, but opens up other problems like cats scratching up the furniture.  You've paid a lot of money for your furniture.  How do you protect it from being destroyed by your cat?  The answer is actually quite simple.

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If you want to protect your precious and expensive furniture from the devastating claws of your equally precious kitty cat, then you need a two-fold approach: make the furniture less appealing and provide and acceptable outlet for scratching.

Make Furniture Less Appealing


For the first part, you will want to protect your furniture with materials which your cat will not like trying to scratch on.  This means that you will want to use aluminum foil and sticky substances like double-sided tape.  Cats don't like the feel of the metal or the sticky so they will avoid areas covered in either.

You can also dissuade your cat from using the furniture surfaces to scratch on by using citrus-scented sprays and oils.  Cats really don't like those smells.  They will learn to avoid areas which stink to them.

Both of these measures can be temporary but need to be implemented long enough for your cat to get the message.  This may take a matter of a few weeks to months.  If you hang in there, it'll be worth the effort.  If you pair this effort with the following suggestion, your persuasion efforts will work much better with your cat.

Provide An Acceptable Scratching Outlet


The scratching post depicted here is more of a typical design for cat scratching posts.  There are other more stylish designs available if you prefer something else for your cat.
Now that you've protected the areas which you don't want the cat scratching up, you need to teach the cat where scratching IS acceptable.  You can't stop your cat from scratching.  It's a territory marker in addition to a stress reliever and a muscle stretcher.  In short, sharpening claws feels really good to a cat.  All you can do is redirect your cat to an acceptable scratching surface.

Jackson Galaxy, a well known cat behaviorist, recommends that you immediately redirect your cat to an acceptable surface, such as a scratching post, so that your cat will come to associate the scratching post as an acceptable place to scratch.  He says that where you give a cat a 'no,' you must immediately follow up with an immediate 'yes.'  Make sure that you reward your cat for good behavior with praise and/or treats too.

There are all kinds of scratching posts available on the market today.  There are even options for those of you with extremely discerning and specific taste in your home decor.  You should be able to find something which will easily blend with the vibe of each room in your house.

Conclusion


Protecting your furniture from your cat's scratching and sharpening of claws is as simple as making the furniture surfaces undesirable with aluminum foil, sticky tape, and citrus scents and then telling your cat where it is acceptable to scratch.  If you are willing to do this training for a few weeks, you should be able to remove the furniture shields and know that your furniture is safe.