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

Getting Your Cat to Stop Scratching Your Boots

Cats scratching your boots can be extremely annoying. Fortunately, there are some simple ways to stop this behavior while keeping your feline friend healthy and happy.

1. Provide an Alternative Scratching Surface

The most important way to stop your cat from scratching your boots is to provide them with an acceptable alternative surface to scratch. This can be done in several ways:

  • Scratching Post: The best way to provide an acceptable alternative scratching surface is by purchasing a scratching post. Most cats will quickly learn to use the post instead of your boots when it is covered with catnip or placed near the boot.
  • Carpeting: If you can’t afford a scratching post, cover the area near your boots with carpeting. It may not be a complete solution, but it can help your cat get the urge to scratch out of its system.
  • Old Towels: If covering the area near your boots in carpeting isn’t an option, cover it in old towels instead. Cats often enjoy clawing through loosely-textured materials like towels, which can help steer them away from your boots.

2. Provide Positive Reinforcement

Once you have provided surfaces that are acceptable for your pet to scratch, you will want to provide them with positive reinforcement when they use those surfaces instead of your boots. Whenever your cat uses the scratching post, carpeting, or towels, give them a treat or a quick pet. This will encourage them to keep using the alternative surfaces you provided.

3. Discourage Scratching

In addition to providing acceptable surfaces and positive reinforcement, you also need to discourage your cat from scratching your boots. Spraying your cat with water bottle, a spray of vinegar and water, or a citrus smell will make them think twice before going near your boots. However, you should be aware that this could cause your pet to become scared of you, so use caution.


With patience and time, you can get your cat to stop scratching your boots. Remember to provide an acceptable alternative surface, give positive reinforcement when they use the alternative, and use tactics to dissuade them from the boots. Once they are used to the alternative surface, you will no longer have to worry about them scratching your boots.

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