Because our homes are filled with soft birman cat for sale, an indoor cat’s claws aren’t worn down naturally. The result? Indoor cats quite naturally tend to scratch everything in their environment: the rug, furniture, curtains, screen doors, and carpeted steps. Some cats even like to scratch the bindings on books.
So what can you do to stop your cat from scratching your furniture?
Since it’s virtually impossible to eliminate your cat’s scratching, many people are tempted to solve the problem for good by declawing. However, there are several reasons why you shouldn’t declaw your cat.
Declawing a cat isn’t like trimming human nails. Instead, the first joint of each toe is amputated. That’s major surgery, and it’s permanent. It’s also very painful. Just like human amputees, cats may feel phantom pain from the missing joint as the nerves heal.
A good way to keep your cat from scratching your favorite furniture is to create deterrents so they don’t want to go back to their old scratching spots. One way to do this is to put double sided tape or contact paper (with the sticky side out) wherever they’ve been scratching. Cats don’t like the sticky sensation, and many will keep away.
Cats are repelled by the scent of citrus. Putting dried orange or lemon peels around the feet of your couch or favorite arm chair often works to keep cats away. Another trick is to soak cotton balls in orange juice or nail polish remover. Bitter apple and eucalyptus oil are other, well known cat deterrents.
Use the element of surprise
While some pet owners don’t advocate using a spray bottle, other people find that a quick squirt of water will harmlessly surprise a cat and make them stop scratching and run away. Loud noises also startle cats. Fill an empty water battle with dried pasta or a soda can with pennies and shake it just as your cat starts scratching.
File or clip their Claws
By using special trimmers, or even human nail clippers, you can keep your cat’s claws well maintained by cutting off the sharp tips. Make sure you only clip the outer part of the nail, and not the pink quick, which contains the cat’s blood vessels and nerves. If your cat has black claws, and you can’t see the quick, just clip off the sharp points at the end.
You will need to clip your cat’s nails on average once a month or once every other month. It’s usually a good idea to have your veterinarian show you the proper way to clip your cat’s claws before you try it yourself. Or if your cat won’t tolerate it, your veterinarian can clip your cat’s nails for you.