Post # 1
Do any of you know how to keep a cat from using the couch as a scratching post?? My girl Uli seems to like scratching our sofa!
We have a scratch box for her that she loves. She has a kitty condo with a scratching post that she uses and loves. And yet…she uses the couch as well. We just got a new sofa and I don’t want her to use it too!
We have tried double sided tape in the past, but it ends up coming off microfiber very easily, or else it leaves adhesive residue on the microfiber, so we’re not doing tape.
I bought some claw caps, but I’m not sure they are worth the hassle of putting them on. Uli can do some damage if you try to touch her feet! (Did I mention she’s polydactyl??) UGH! Please give us a solution!
Post # 3
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
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
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
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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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
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
There are some herbal sprays that you can buy at PetSmart. I think it is great that you aren’t declawing!
Post # 10
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
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
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
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.
Post # 14
We have a scratcher hanging from a doorknob, but neither cat likes it or has ever used it. I’m thinking of nailing it to the wall (seriously).
I might try the citrus spray.
The spray bottle technique doesn’t work on our cats because a)they know that the bottle doesn’t spray itself, thus the human has to be HOLDING the bottle at all times for them to be scared of it and b)she doesn’t do it for attention, she does it because she’s playing with it.
@sarahbridezilla: We declawed our first kitty. She was the first cat I’d ever owned and I wanted to make sure she would ruin the furniture or carpet or whatever. But we could never do that to another cat…ever. I read up on the procedure they’re using (based on her medical records) and I had no idea they were amputating the first joint!! She still “sharpens her claws” on cardboard boxes and the kitty condo scratcher. I think she likes to stretch her muscles. But I still feel really bad about having done it, so there’s no way we would consider declawing Uli. Plus when Cali had hers done she was 8 months old, and Uli is nearly 7 years old and overweight. She wouldn’t be able to climb up her kitty condo without her claws. And she’d probably end up falling a lot. (And I heard that cats that are declawed late in life often begin spray marking their territory since they can’t scratch mark it anymore!)