How to Help Your Cat Stop Scratching Your Boots
Cats love to scratch – but you probably don’t want them to scratch your boots! Here are some tips on how to get your cat to stop scratching your boots.
Provide Other Scratching Options
Allow your kitty to exercise their natural scratching behavior by providing other scratching options away from your boots. Purchase a scratching post and put it in a preferred area of your home. Place the post near your cat’s resting areas or other favorite spots. Cats love scratching, so don’t be surprised if the post is used frequently.
Use Discouraging Tactics
If your cat continues to scratch on your boots, you can use some discouraging tactics to help change the behavior. Try using a mild scent deterrent like lemon or lavender oil. You can apply a small amount directly to the area your cat is scratching and it will act as a deterrent. Make sure to use a gentle scent as strong smells could potentially cause your cat to avoid the area completely.
Keep Boots Out of Reach
If possible, keep your boots out of your cat’s reach. Storing them in an area that is not easily accessible to your cat will make it less likely for them to be scratched. If your boots have to remain out, spray them with a light mist of water before leaving the area. The cool mist will discourage them from scratching.
Give Positive Reinforcement and Praise
Positive reinforcement is a great way to encourage desired behaviors. Anytime your cat is not scratching your boots and they are nearby, reward them with their favorite treat or pet them and give them extra loving. This will let them know that they are being praised for abstaining from scratching your boots.
It may take some time and patience but with a few preventative measures, you can help your cat stop scratching your boots. Try the methods above and with enough time and dedication, your pet will soon forget about your boots and start using the scratching post!