How To Stop Your Cat Scratching

Cat Advice

As much as we love our furry, whiskered pets, many cat owners are faced with the common problem of cat scratching on sofas, wallpapers and carpets causing damage to furniture.

This behaviour can be frustrating and costly, but by understanding the cause you can take action to help stop your cat scratching. It is often questioned whether cat scratching and clawing behaviour is related to physical discomfort or emotional stress.

Do not worry as this is natural for this type of behaviour, as cats are obliged to scratch as a sign of positive well-being.

Cat Scratching Tree
Cat Scratching Shed

Stress and Insecurity

Cat owners that recognise the increase of cat scratching, ought to identify any new changes in the home such as a new pet the cat is not familiar with, re-located furniture, new people entering the home. These examples demonstrate the reasons why cats are insecure and vulnerable, which causes cat scratching.

There are several reasons as to why the cat may feel insecure, cats may feel the requirement to increase a feeling of belonging and security by leaving a message or scent behind by scratching surfaces which will result in scratching many areas in the home, particularly edges of chairs, windows and doors.

Supporting your cat pet is vital for their health; providing them with a comfortable and loving environment is key.

The FELIWAY Pheromone Diffuser is a replication of the scent that cats leave naturally when they are feeling comfortable in an environment and stop cat scratching.

Attention 

If you notice that your cat looks at you while scratching, this could be due to seeking attention.

The best thing to do is ignore it, make sure you resist their eyes oozing cuteness and charm and not to provide your cat with more attention or treats as giving your cat tempting treats could encourage cat scratching, as they will believe it is a reward and return to their nuisance habit.

Refrain from shouting at them or aggressive behaviour as this will make it worse and your cat will continue scratching or start scratching new places.

Sharpening Claws 

Your cat may have developed a regular habit of sharpening their claws indoors; especially if there is not an outside environment nearby, cats will use the texture of carpets or furniture to scratch their claws.

This could be a sign of cats maintaining good claw and muscle condition as cats find it pleasing to scratch furniture, yet this will be a common case if your cat is mainly indoors, as cats that are secure and comfortable tend to scratch outside of the home.

Encouraging play with a cat scratching post will ensure cats to scratch their claws on the post.

Refrain from shouting at them or aggressive behaviour as this will make it worse and your cat will continue scratching or start scratching new places.

Communicating with other cats

Your cat may have developed a regular habit of sharpening their claws indoors; especially if there is not an outside environment nearby, cats will use the texture of carpets or furniture to scratch their claws.

This could be a sign of cats maintaining good claw and muscle condition as cats find it pleasing to scratch furniture, yet this will be a common case if your cat is mainly indoors, as cats that are secure and comfortable tend to scratch outside of the home.

Encouraging play with a cat scratching post will ensure cats to scratch their claws on the post.

Refrain from shouting at them or aggressive behaviour as this will make it worse and your cat will continue scratching or start scratching new places.

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The feeling of scratching is pleasing for a cat; they will peel off hanging wallpaper by scratching it off the wall.

Stopping cat scratching by purchasing a cat scratching post similar size of your cat is advised, as there are several benefits including the cat scratching post to distract your pet cat. Cat scratching toys are also a good way to entertain your cat by hitting the toy with their claws and provide a source of exciting entertainment; they will no longer drive your cat crazy.

Additional advice for your cat is to ensure the scratched surface is thoroughly cleaned. FELIWAY Appeasing Pheromone Spray will help prevent the area to be re-scratched, however, ensure that it is not sprayed on the post directly as this will prevent your pet cat from using it.

If your cat persists to scratch, you will need to discuss with your vet the option of a clinical behaviourist.