(Closed) Keep the cat from scratching the couch??

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I love polydactyls! I wanted to take one home when I went to the Hemingway House, haha. 

In my experience, the claw caps tend to fall off a lot. Have you tried getting a water bottle, and spraying her and saying “No” firmly when you catch her scratching? You might try that first. Some cats are great with it and others are kind of “eff you” about it. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

I used to freak out every time our cats clawed at the couch!  Later I read up on animal training and realized that I was basically “training” our cats to get my attention by clawing at the couch.

I stopped reacting and she no longer claws at the couch or the big screen tv (that one was especially painful!).

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

there is a no scratch spray sold at petsmart and petco that deters the cat from what you spray it on. also another thing you can do is reward your cat with a treat when she uses the scratchers and keep a water bottle handy for when she touches the couch. dont say anything to her or even look at her when you do spray her. just “make it rain on her” when she does it. one of my cats liked to scratch a certain spot on my couch when i first got her. i used the scratch deterrant spray and threw a blanket over the spot she was scratching for about 2 weeks and she didn’t scratch my couch after that. good luck with your kitty!!! polydactyls are soooo cute!!! love them!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Cardboard catnip scratch pads, and nail grinders. If you’re strong enough to keep your cat immobilized for two minutes, you’re strong enough to use a grinder to file his little claws down to dull, useless nibs. No more poking. For a couple weeks anyway.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

I’ve never been able to stop mine, because she just does it to get attention. She enjoys pushing my buttons, but I love her all the same. :p I’ve tried the ignoring her technique, and it works whenever I remember to do lt.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I second the spray bottle! The trick is to get one with a long, thin stream and get really good at aiming with it. I’ve raised countless kittens as a foster and it’s never failed me!

It’s also important to keep claws trimmed so cats don’t want to scratch so much in the first place. I use claw trimmers made for cats, but you can also file claws down if you’re worried about drawing blood.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

There are some herbal sprays that you can buy at PetSmart. I think it is great that you aren’t declawing!

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I used the caps on our kitty for awhile and that is the only thing that worked. I have to get some more. Since starting the caps, she doesn’t scratch near as much, but once in awhile, I still catch her scratching the furniture.

We have tried the herbal spray, the spray bottle, and pennies in a can. Those didn’t work. The caps worked the best.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Cats hate citrus.. and a lot of the pet store sprays are citrus scented.  You can try making your own or using the petstore variety.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Oh I’m so glad someone posted about this because I dream of having lovely sofa’s but fear my two black fur babies will destroy them like they’ve destroyed the one’s we’ve got now! I’ve never filed my cat’s claws but I suppose if it’s done for them they won’t want to claw so much….

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

i used to clip my cats nails regularly but ironically it made them scratch even more so that they could sharpen them again. my babies love the catnip laced cardboard scratchers. good thing about those is you can get them walmart!! i also scratching posts in a few rooms in my house along with smaller scratch pads that hang from door knobs so that my babies have plenty of things they’re allowed to scratch.

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