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

How to Stop Your Cat from Scratching Your Carpet

When cats scratch, they are not only marking territory, they are also removing the outer layer of their claws and controlling the length of their nails. Unfortunately, these natural behaviors often don’t fit well with our home furnishings. If your cat is scratching at the carpet, there are a few things you can do to help curb the behavior.

1. Train Your Cat to Use a Scratching Post

Replacing carpet with a scratching post will give your cat a place to scratch without destroying your home. Place the post near the area they were scratching and reward them with treats or a play session if they use it. Offer up a variety of textures and heights to determine what they find most attractive.

2. Trim Your Cat’s Claws

You can also reduce the amount of damage your cat can cause to your carpets. Trim their nails every two to four weeks to keep them in check. You can either take them to the vet for a trim, or get an at-home nail trimming kit.

3. Deter Your Cat

There are also products on the market that can help deter your cat from scratching your carpet. These include motion sensors, sprays, and double-sided tape. Motion sensors make loud noises when your pet enters the room, and sprays can leave a bad taste in their mouth. Double-sided tape can also help as cats generally don’t like the feeling of the sticky surface on their paws.

4. Redirect Their Attention

When you see your cat scratching the carpet, try to redirect their attention away from it by giving them something else to do or play with. This can be anything from a toy mouse or wand, to a catnip filled treat. You can also give them a spray bottle of water to startle them away from the area.


These steps should help you stop your cat from scratching your carpet and other surfaces in your house. Remember to be consistent, and give rewards when they use their scratching post rather than the carpets. With time, patience, and consistency, you can help reduce this behavior and prevent your cat from damaging your home.

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