how to stop cat scratching furniture

How to stop your cat scratching furniture

How To Stop Cats Scratching On Furniture

Stop cats scratching on furniture

3 Tips To Stop Unwanted Cat Scratching


Clean all marks made by your cat scratching

  • Wash all unwanted scratch marks with soap and warm water
  • This will remove the “territory messages” left by your cat's paws on the furniture

Stop cat scratching with FELIWAY Classic

  • If your cat is already scratching the furniture, use FELIWAY CLASSIC
  • It will send "happy messages" to provide reassurance and help stop your cat from scratching

Follow cat scratching post “golden rules”

  • Vertical, sturdy and tall enough: at least 90 cm (approx. 3 ft)
  • Placed near your cat’s sleeping area or close to the areas of unwanted scratching
  • Provide at least 1 scratching post per cat
  • This resource is essential as all cats need to scratch!

We recommend:

FELIWAY Classic Spray

If cat scratching occurs in a single area, spray 8 pumps on the area once a day

FELIWAY Classic Diffuser

If cat scratching occurs in multiple areas, plug the Diffuser in the room where your cat spends most of its time

Why do cats scratch?

Scratching is a natural need for all cats. When scratching, cats mark their territory. This territory marking is both visible (scratch marks) and invisible! 

When cats are unhappy or stressed, they often scratch more. This can become an issue if the scratching happens on your walls, doors or furniture!

In many cases, scratching in your home is your cat’s way of expressing discomfort.

Your cat's scratching might be a sign of discomfort if:

  • your cat is scratching in many areas in the house
  • your cat is scratching near windows and doors
  • you have 2 or more cats
  • there are stray or outdoor cats living in your neighbourhood
  • you had recent changes in your home (like rearranging furniture or moving)

FELIWAY Classic Diffuser can help stop unwanted cat scratching by sending "comforting messages" that reassure cats and tell them they don't need to scratch up your furniture.

You can also apply FELIWAY Classic Spray directly on each scratched area. Just be sure to never spray your cat's scratching post as it could prevent your cat from using it!

Reasons Cats Scratch

Cats can't help it: they need to scratch. But why do cats scratch?

First, there is nothing wrong with cat scratching. It's a normal cat behaviour, regardless of whether they scratch on a scratching post or where they are not supposed to. It is healthy and in their genes, so it's important not to prevent cats from scratching altogether.

Second, cats can be trained to scratch where you want them to, and you can help a cat that has been scratching in unwanted locations.

When training your cat to scratch in the right place, you'll need to provide all the necessities to make your cat understand there is a scratching post dedicated to their favourite activity. Sometimes one post is not enough or a scratching post may not be the answer to the situation. Cats like to be given options and to be in control of their territory, so pay particular attention to the location and to the objects they scratch on. It is important to give your cat time to learn a new habit. Plus, you will need patience on your side too.

Things To Try At Home To Stop Your Cat Ruining Your Furniture

Even if scratching is a healthy behaviour and necessary for all cats, it can be difficult to watch cats tearing your beloved furniture apart. However, simple solutions and home remedies to stop cats from scratching the furniture do exist.

Once a cat has started scratching in a particular location, it's not easy to stop them. It's very much like breaking a bad habit and we know how hard that can be.

For cats, the visible and invisible marks they leave on the places they scratch tell them this is where they scratch.

The first step in breaking an unwanted scratching habit is to remove the previous scratch marks and then to try to redirect your cat toward the new desired scratching location. That new location should offer another desirable option to scratch – not your sofa preferably – and remain visible in a location where your cat likes to spend time. This will maximize the chances of your cat using the new scratching location. Don't hide your cat's scratching post in a corner or behind the couch, as this won't encourage them to use it. After all... out of sight, out of mind!

Home remedies may be used to encourage or discourage cats from scratching, although their efficacy has not been clinically proven. Giving your cat time to get used to their new scratching location is also important since scratching might also be a sign of stress or discomfort. Cats are very attached to their environment and love their routine. A relaxed cat is more likely to be receptive to the scratching training or redirection than a stressed cat.

Using FELIWAY Classic to comfort your cat proven to work for more than 80% of cats.

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