cat scratching

Why do cats scratch furniture (e.g., sofa, wall or doors)?  How do you stop cats from scratching in the home?

It is annoying when your cat scratches your furniture, especially if it is a new leather sofa or couch. In fact, some pet owners actually have their cat declawed to avoid the situation altogether. 

There are better ways to deal with cat scratching.  Feliway® is clinically proven* to reduce vertical scratching in 9 out of 10 cats in a month. 

Cats will often scratch items to sharpen their claws. Scratching is also used as a marking behavior.  Cats have a pheromone in their footpad area, which they use to mark territory. The pheromone and the visual scratch marks act as a territorial message to other cats. This is a normal behavior in cats but from time to time scratching can be a sign of their stress.

Scratching is likely to be stress related if:

  • Scratching sites are widespread (on furniture, sofas, 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).
  • Scratching is occurring near windows and doors.

*Pageat, 1996.



Clean the scratched area (with alcohol and water).


Once dry, Spray 8-10 pumps 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 near where your cat sleeps or near a window.

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