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?


See hints and tips to help stop cat scratching furniture


Clean the scratched area (with surgical alcohol/water)


Once dry, Spray 6 doses of FELIWAY Spray to the scratched area daily (Never spray FELIWAY on the scratching post as it would prevent the cat using it).


Apply for at least a month.


Stop when the cat is seen to rub the site with his or her head.


For further support plug in a FELIWAY Diffuser, especially if there are many affected areas, to reinforce your cat's feeling of security.


Provide a scratching post (tall enough), near to where your cat sleeps, or near a window or a radiator if it includes a platform

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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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