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How to Keep Cats From Scratching Furniture

How to Keep Cats From Scratching Furniture

 Why Do Cats Scratch Furniture Or Carpet?

Advice On How To Keep Your Cat From Scratching Furniture Or Carpet


Provide a scratching post, ideally one for each cat in the house.  The scratching post should be tall enough to allow the cat to stretch fully and not wobble.  Place the post near the already scratched areas. 


Apply FELISCRATCH by FELIWAY™ on the scratching post according to the recommended protocol. Apply 1 pipette to the scratching post daily for the first week (7 days) and then 1 pipette at the beginning of week 3 and 1 pipette at the beginning of week 4 to redirect the cat's scratching to the scratching post.


When managing a long term scratching problem it is recommended to use FELISCRATCH by FELIWAY™ according to the protocol above and FELIWAY® Spray.  Spray the areas where the cat is performing unwanted scratching with at least 8 sprays. This will deter the cat from scratching those areas. (Do not spray FELIWAY® on the scratching post as it would prevent the cat from using it).


Repeat spray daily on these areas, and continue to apply FELISCRATCH by FELIWAY™ on the post, until resolution of the scratching behavior.


For further support plug in a FELIWAY®  Diffuser where your cat spends most of its time, especially if there are many affected areas, to reinforce your cat's feeling of security.

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How To Stop Cat Scratching Video Advice


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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