How to stop Cat scratching furniture and carpets in the home

Cat Scratching vertical marks cat SCRATCHING

Why do cats scratch furniture (e.g. sofa, wall or doors)?
What is anxiety related scratching?
How to stop cats scratching in the home?

ADVICE ON HOW TO STOP YOUR CAT SCRATCHING

See hints and tips to help stop cat scratching furniture

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Clean all identified scratched area (with warm water) to remove the scent marks left by your cat(s).

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Provide a scratching post (tall enough and sturdy), near to where your cat sleeps, near a window or a radiator if it includes a platform, or near the already scratched areas. Provide at least 1 per cat if you have several cats.

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Apply FELISCRATCH by FELIWAY® on it as recommended: 1 pipette daily for the first week (7 days) and then 1 pipette at the beginning of week 3 and 1 pipette at the beginning of week 4 to encourage the cat to use it (clinically proven).

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If no improvement is seen after 2 weeks, in addition to FELISCRATCH by FELIWAY®, apply FELIWAY® CLASSIC Spray on the unwanted scratched areas after cleaning them, to prevent the cat from re-marking (Never spray FELIWAY® CLASSIC on the scratching post as it would prevent the cat from using it!).

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Repeat spray application daily on these areas, and continue to apply FELISCRATCH by FELIWAY® on the post, until resolution of the scratching behaviour.

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For further support plug in a FELIWAY® CLASSIC Diffuser where your cat spends most of its time, especially if there are many affected areas, to reinforce your cat's feeling of security.

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ADVICE ON HOW TO PREVENT YOUR NEW CAT FROM SCRATCHING

See hints and tips to help prevent new kitten/cat from scratching furniture

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Provide a scratching post (tall enough and sturdy), near to where your new adopted cat sleeps or near a window or a radiator if it includes a platform. Provide at least 1 per cat if you have several cats.

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Apply FELISCRATCH by FELIWAY® on it as recommended: 1 pipette daily for the first week (7 days) and then 1 pipette at the beginning of week 3 and 1 pipette at the beginning of week 4 to encourage the cat to using it (clinically proven).

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If necessary, renew the full usage protocol to continue habituate your cat to using the post, or to introduce a new post, or in case of new stressful situation.

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For optimum results, to help your new cat or kitten habituate to its new home, plug in a FELIWAY® CLASSIC Diffuser in the room where it spends most of its time. Ideally use from the day of adoption, and leave it plugged in continuously for at least 1 month.

WHY DO CATS SCRATCH?

It is particularly annoying when your cat scratches new furniture like a new leather sofa or couch. Cats will often scratch items to sharpen their claws.

Scratching is also used as a marking behaviour, by depositing a scent from the pads area, which combined to the visual marks acts as a territorial message to other cats. This is a normal behaviour in cats but from time to time scratching can be a sign of their anxiety or stress.

To ensure that your cat is feeling its best it’s good to know when this cat scratching furniture might be a result of anxiety.

Scratching is likely to be anxiety or stress related if:

  • Cats scratching sites are widespread (on furniture, sofa, chair or chairs etc.)
  • Present in a multi-cat household.
  • Your home is in an area with a dense cat population.
  • There have been changes in your home (like new furniture or moving furniture around).
  • Cat Scratching is occurring near windows and doors.

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