Scratching is a natural need for all cats. When scratching, cats 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.
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In case of discomfort, cats will scratch more, and this can become an issue if this happens on your walls, doors or furniture!
In many cases, scratching in your home is in fact your cat’s way of expressing discomfort. It is particularly true for kittens and newly adopted cats, who are still discovering their new home.
Your cat's scratching might be a sign of discomfort 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).
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REASONS CATS SCRATCH
Cats cannot help it: they need to scratch. But why do cats scratch?
First, there is nothing wrong about it. On the opposite, it is a normal behaviour to scratch whether they do it on a scratching post or where they are not supposed to. It is healthy and in their genes. Therefore, cats should not be prevented from scratching.
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 should 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. Pay 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 is not easy to discourage them. The visible and invisible marks they leave on the places they scratch tell them this is their very own territory. The first step is to remove the previous marks and then to try and direct them toward the new desired location. That new location should offer another option to scratch – not your sofa preferably – and remain visible in a location where the cat likes to spend time to maximize the chances of them using it.
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 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.