How to Stop Your Cat from Scratching Your Blinds
Cats are natural predators and like to scratch things. Unfortunately, this instinct may lead them to scratch something other than the designated scratching post, such as your blinds. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to get your cat to stop the destructive behavior.
Provide an Alternative Scratching Post
The most obvious first step is to provide your cat with an alternative scratching post. Cat trees and posts covered with a rough material like sisal often make good alternatives. Place the scratching post in a prominent location in your home, and actively encourage your cat to use it instead of the blinds.
Cover the Blinds with a Few Layers of Double-Sided Tape
Another option is to discourage your cat from scratching the blinds by making the surface unpleasant to touch. You can accomplish this by putting a few layers of double-sided tape on the surface. The tape should be wide enough to cover the full width of the blinds, and be sure to replace the tape as often as needed, as cats can get used to the texture and continue to scratch them.
Rotate the Blinds Regularly
Cats have an amazing ability to remember and recognize specific objects, and they’ll likely remember when and where they’ve scratched the blinds in the past. To counteract this, move the blinds around periodically. For example, if your cat is used to scratching the blinds in your bedroom, move them to a different room and install a new set of blinds.
Gently Deter Your Cat from Scratching the Blinds
When you see your cat scratching the blinds, make a loud noise or use a spray bottle filled with water to startle the animal. Be careful, however, not to frighten your cat too much. Afterward, gently pick your cat up and place it in front of the scratching post. Be sure to give it some positive reinforcement to encourage it to use the post in the future.
Taking these steps can help you keep your cat from scratching your blinds. Remember to be patient, consistent, and kind in your effort to modify your pet’s behavior.