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How do I stop my cat from scratching the furniture?
Will Draper, DVM posted:
Cats generally scratch things to sharpen their nails. Sadly, those "things" can be expensive and valuable furniture, like that antique couch from Grandma. There are options available to help keep your furniture safe. For instance, scratching posts are a great solution. You can even encourage your cat to use one by sprinkling a little catnip on it, which cats love. But our cats won't always scratch at a post just because we buy one. (Do they do ANYTHING we want them to?)

Should you trim your cat's nails? Not a bad idea. If you start early on -- and do it consistently -- they may even grow to like it. However, cats continually have the instinct to sharpen, even with shorter, trimmed nails. So there's the option of plastic nail covers. They cover the sharp tips of the nails so that, when your kitty scratches, they don't harm anything (or anyone).

Lastly, there is the option to have your cat declawed. Declawing is a controversial surgical procedure that is performed less frequently than it was a decade ago. Now that pet owners are better informed and educated (thanks to their vets and the internet) most prefer other, less invasive options.

What kind of "scratch control" works best with your cats?
Dr. Will
ashliabot responded:
HI ! I tried a 80cm-height trunk, cowered by canves . Although she didn,t scratch it the first week, but she got used to it very soon. My suggestion is don,t give up .It,ll work for you as it worked for me .GOOD LOCK
KimCeline responded:
Along with a stratching post, another safeguard is purchasing plastic adhesive strips. I purchased them from a catalog and adhered them to the back of my couch. Cat's don't like plastic.


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