Cat Scratching Furniture

Cat Scratching Furniture

Why do cats scratch furniture or carpet?

Advice on How To Keep Your Cat From Scratching Furniture and Carpet

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Spray 8 doses of FELIWAY® Spray to the scratched area daily. Never spray FELIWAY® on the scratching post as it would prevent the cat using it. FELIWAY® is 96% effective in stopping your cat from scratching furniture and carpet when used once daily for 28 days.

2.

Apply at least once daily for at least a month. Twice daily is ideal.

3.

Stop when the cat rubs the site with his or her head.

4.

If the above steps don't stop the scratching then plug in a FELIWAY® Diffuser. This will reinforce your cat's feeling of security. This is especially important if there are many scratched areas.

5.

Provide a scratching post near to where your cat sleeps or near a window. You should ideally have one scratching post per cat and the post should be tall enough to allow the cat to stretch out completely when scratching.

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Why Do Cats Claw Furniture?

Scratching is a natural behavior for cats to maintain and sharpen their claws. They also mark their territory this way. When scratching, cats leave both visual (scratch marks) and chemical messages. This message, undetectable to humans, is a pheromone known as the feline interdigital semiochemical (F.I.S.). This pheromone acts as a territorial message to other cats. Scratching is sometimes a sign of feline stress. 

Scratching is likely anxiety or stress related if:

  • Scratching sites are spread over large areas on furniture, sofa, chair or chairs etc.
  • There is more than one cat in the household
  • There are cats that roam outdoors and your cat can see them
  • You have had a change in your home such as new furniture, moving furniture around, new baby, moving to a new house
  • The scratching occurs near windows and doors
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