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How do I get my cat to stop scratching my boots?

Getting Your Cat to Stop Scratching Your Boots

Does your cat think your boots are a scratching post? The good news is there are a few solutions to get them to stop!

Make Unappealing Alterations To Your Boots

If your cat loves to scratch your boots, making them unappealing may help the situation. Here are a few ideas:

  • Cover your boots: Use a material like bubble wrap, pieces of fabric, or even foil wrap to discourage your kitty from scratching them. Make sure the covering you choose is secure and unable to be removed easily.
  • Essential oils: Certain smells can discourage cats from scratching, such as citrus and pine. You can apply diluted essential oils to small pieces of fabric to place over your boots, or you can apply the essential oils directly to your boots.
  • Bad tastes: Cats dislike the taste of certain products, including liquid-based sprays made specifically to deter cats from scratching. Apply these directly to the parts of your boots that the cat likes the most. Exercise caution with these, however, as they can be hazardous to your pet.

Provide an Alternative and Keep Your Cat Occupied

Cats can be directed away from undesirable behaviors, such as scratching boots, if given an alternative.

  • Scratching posts: Make sure your cat has plenty of scratching posts available. Provide at least one in the same room as your boots, if possible. You may need to purchase posts that are tall enough for your cat to stretch their legs completely.
  • Toys: Some cats might just need something else to keep them from feeling bored and turning to your boots. Find interactive toys like rattling balls, a dangling feather, or even catnip-laced toys to help keep your kitty entertained.
  • Affection: Spend some time every day playing with and snuggling with your kitty. This can help keep them happy and focused on other activities instead of scratching.

If you follow these tips, your boots should be safe from your cat’s claws in no time.

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