Scratching is a natural need for all cats. When scratching, they mark their territory. This territory marking is both visible (the scratching lines) and invisible! Indeed, cats leave “territory messages” coming from their paws, that only other cats can perceive.
In case of discomfort, cats will scratch more, and this can become an issue if this happens on your walls, doors, sofa or furniture!
In many cases, scratching in your home is in fact your cat’s way of expressing discomfort. It is particularly true for kitten and newly adopted cats, who discover their new home.
Your cat scratching might be a sign of discomfort in particular if:
Your cat is scratching in many areas in the house (on furniture, sofa, chairs...).
Your cat is scratching near windows and doors
You have 2 or more cats
Your cat has many “cat neighbours” (other cats living close to your home)
You had recent changes in your home (like new furniture or moving furniture around).
FELIWAY Optimumcan provide and create a loving and reassuring atmosphere in your home that will help stop cat scratching. Never use FELIWAY CLASSIC Sprayon the scratching post as it would prevent the cat from using it!
Things to Try at Home to Stop Your Cat Ruining Your Furniture
There are many anecdotal ways to stop cats scratching furniture. Some of these involve homeopathy or old wives tales.
Cats scratching is normal and essential for cats. It helps them tell other cats that it is their territory.
Also it is an indicator of a cats feelings, if your cat is feeling uncomfortable then they may scratch more and in more places.
What ever the reason for the scratching a cat needs to scratch especially when they first wake up in the morning. So placing a scratching post near their bed is ideal.
Other solutions to stop cat scratching include adding various ingredients (which cats do not like) to water and spraying on furniture. Just be careful that the ingredients you use do not damage your furniture.
The alternative the these home remedies is to use a scientifically proven product like the products in the FELIWAY range.