10 Ways to Stop Your Cat from Scratching Things

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As a cat lover, I’m in total awe of the autonomous nature that cats display.

They are natural-born hunters.

They are natural-born predators.

They can fend for themselves even if they are domesticated.

They are independent.

They are natural go-getters.

The list goes on and on…

But one thing I have noticed that cats seem to have gotten notoriety for is scratching things.

Little did I know, however, that there is a downside to cats scratching things.

I just thought it was something cats do naturally.

And while it is, in fact, something cats do naturally, it is and should be a cause for concern if you are a pet owner.

So how do you stop this problem dead in its tracks?

Well, that’s what I want to get into today.

So without further ado, let’s get into how to get cats to stop scratching things.

10 Simple Ways to Get Your Cat to Stop Scratching Things

Trim Their Claws

Every cat needs a good claw trimming. They need it to keep their claws nice and clean.

And as an owner, you need to pay close attention to their claws as they don’t stop growing. Regular maintenance is key to keeping your cat’s claws under control. I recommend using a claw trimmer with a safe guard.

Use Double-sided Tape

This is a very creative solution.

You can use double-sided tape on any surface that you don’t want your cats to scratch.

The adhesive may discourage your cat from scratching whatever you don’t want it to scratch because whenever they see the double-sided tape, they may associate that with the negative experience they had and discourage them from scratching.

Use Placemats and Flip Them Over

This is also another creative solution.

By having your cat walk on an upside-down placemat that’s placed directly over whatever you don’t want your cat to scratch, it may have a psychological effect on them where they don’t want to go anywhere near a surface that has an upside-down placemat over it.

Build a Tower of Plastic Cups

Cats can be sensitive to noise especially if they knock something over.

So if they knock over a tower of cups over that’s near a surface that you don’t want them scratching, then the noise may be just enough to spook them away from scratching that surface ever again.

Use Balloons

Blow up balloons and place them on surfaces you don’t want your cat scratching.

The idea is that you will attract the cat’s attention and they’ll pop the balloon by trying to scratch it and get scared by the popping noise.

Use Bubble Wrap

Using the same concept as the balloons, if a cat pops the bubble wrap it may get scared by the noise and it will discourage it from scratching.

Use a Mouse Trap and Flip it Over

Set the mouse trap and flip it over so you don’t end up harming your cat.

When the cat steps over it, it will discharge the mousetrap and the loud noise may end up scaring it off.

Use Scented Cotton Balls

Spray cotton balls with an unappealing scent like citrus and place them on the surface that you don’t want your cat scratching.

Cats have a very sensitive sense of smell so when they smell something that doesn’t smell good to them, they will usually run off.

Use Cat-Repellent Spray

Just like with the scented cotton balls, using a cat-repellent spray with a scent that cats find unappealing may also scare them off.

Use Soft Claw Covers

By placing a soft claw covers on your cat’s claws, you’re not necessarily discouraging your cat from scratching, but you are preventing them from causing damages to surfaces that you don’t want them scratching.

Video: Prevent Scratching – Ask a Vet

If you’re not sure how to prevent cat scratching, don’t worry! I got you covered.

Just check out the video link below and you should be good to go!

Key Things To Remember About Cat Scratching

  1. Cats will scratch things by instinct.
  2. Cats like to scratch things that they can move their claws through.
  3. Provide options for your cats to scratch that you would be okay with them scratching.
  4. Staying on top of your cat’s scratching tendencies will ensure that their claws are properly cared for and no damage to surfaces that you don’t want them scratching to occur.
  5. Be willing to get creative with preventing cat scratching. If one solution doesn’t work, try another. Keep experimenting until you find something that works best for you.

Final Thoughts On Cat Scratching

Cat scratching can become problematic, but it’s nothing that you as an owner can’t control or fix.

So go ahead and try the above-written tips and video tips. Your cat will thank you and you’ll thank yourself later on.

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