Ways to Keep Cats from Scratching the Sofa and Other Furniture

Scratching is human nature to cats, and the resulting damage to furniture is a problem most housecats owners face. However there are several ways to prevent cats from ruining the new sofa and other furniture. Such methods include the purchase of slipcovers and a quality scratching post, nail trimming or capping, and behavioral deterrents.

Cats like to scratch, and often choose for an indoor scratching post the very spot their owners hope they will leave alone. One of their favorite targets is the sofa. Claw marks on wooden legs and damage to fabric can become a real problem. One way to remedy the problem is to get the indoor cat declawed. However, many pet owners are hesitant to declaw a cat because of the humane aspects and the expense. Here are some suggestions to prevent undeclawed cats from destroying furniture.

One way to help remedy the problem is to buy furniture made of fabrics such as leather or microfiber that cats aren't particularly attracted to or can't get their claws into. Though no piece of furniture is totally cat-proof, a wise choice of fabric helps. Below are some additional ways to prevent damage of new or existing furniture.

Use of Sofa Slipcovers

One of the simplest way to keep a new sofa or other piece of furniture free of pet damage is to purchase a slipcover. A good, fitted slipcover looks best and will not shift when people sit down. Slipcovers can either be used to protect a new sofa or as a preventive measure to cover a damaged couch.

An economical slipcover can also be made from a sheet. The drawback of using a slipcover is that, of course, it conceals the furniture. Some people also don't like the way a slipcover feels. Unfitted slipcovers tend to shift and bunch up when a person sits down. There are several other remedies that can also be tried.

Purchase a Quality Indoor Scratching Post

A good indoor scratching post is a must for housecat owners. The best scratching posts are made of sisal. If the cat or cats use the scratching post regularly, the problem of damaged furniture may be solved. However, some cats simply ignore scratching posts or use them irregularly. If so, other methods may also needed to encourage the pet to use the post and not the furniture.

Use Sticky Tape on Preferred Areas

Double-sided clear tape can be used as a deterrent to a cat scratching a particular area. Cats hate the sticky feel of tape on their paws, and will avoid areas that have this tape. When the tape is applied to the arms or sides of the couch, the cat may be trained to stay away from that certain spot. A commercially-sold sticky tape designed specifically for catscalled Sticky Paw can be purchased at Sticky Paws Online Store.

Regular Nail Trimming

Regularly trimming of a cat's nails is another way to heop minimize furniture damage. A product called Soft Paw may also be used.  These  little caps are put on the cat's nails as an alternative to declawing.The nail caps usually last several weeks, until the cat's nails naturally shed. More information about Soft Paws can be found at Soft Paws.com.

Other Cat Clawing Prevention Methods to Try

A commecial deterrent spray may be purchased and used in problem areas.  Also, using a spray bottle and spritzing the cat can help train them not to scratch a certain area.  

Not every method works with every cat.  Sometimes a little trial and error is needed to find the best method. 


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