How to Stop Your Cat From Scratching Your Shoes
It can be frustrating and even expensive to have your cat scratching your shoes. However, there are a few things you can do to stop the behavior. Here are some tips to help you get your cat to stop scratching your boots:
- Apply bitter apple or other deterrent sprays: You can get these from pet stores or online. Spray the fabric of your boot. When your cat comes close, it will smell the unpleasant taste and stay away.
- Keep your boots away: Take your boots out of your cat’s reach and put them somewhere that your cat can’t get to. This will help keep your cat from being able to scratch them.
- Use double-sided tape: You can buy double-sided tape and put it on your boots. It will be uncomfortable for your cat to walk over and it will want to avoid it.
Provide Appropriate Alternatives
- Provide scratching pads: Get your cat a scratching post or pad and encourage your cat to scratch it instead of your boots. You can also use rubbing catnip on the post to attract your cat.
- Make your boots less attractive: Cover your boots with old fabric or towels so that they don’t look appealing to your cat.
Use Positive Reinforcement
- Reward positive behavior: Whenever your cat scratches its designated scratching post, reward it with treats. This will create a positive association with scratching and make it more likely that your cat will continue to do so.
- Distance when it scratches: If your cat starts to scratch your boots, gently remove it and give it a time-out. If it continues, spray it with water and give it a time-out. This will teach your cat that scratching your boots is unacceptable behavior.
By following these tips, you can successfully train your cat to stop scratching your boots. With consistent effort and patience, you’ll be able to get your cat to stop the unwanted behavior.