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How do I get my cat to stop scratching my clothes hamper?

How to Help Your Cat Stop Scratching Your Clothes Hamper

Do you have a cat who loves to scratch and claw your clothes hamper? If so, you’re not alone. Cats’ natural scratching behavior can lead them to target both furniture and objects such as hampers. Fortunately, there are a few strategies you can employ to help keep your cat’s claws off your hamper.

1. Leverage scents

Fill a cotton ball with lemon juice and place the ball in a cloth pouch near your hamper. Cats tend to dislike citrus and may avoid scratching near the pouch. Alternatively, apply a commercial cat-deterrent spray near your hamper.

2. Place a scratching post nearby

Cats need to scratch something, and it’s your job to make sure it’s not your hamper. Place a scratching post in your cats’ favorite room and set it up in front of the hamper. Cats tend to scratch what’s closest to them, and a nearby post can be a great alternative.

3. Secure the hamper

It’s easy for cats to latch onto a loose fabric hamper and hold on for dear life. Secure your hamper to the wall, toss a blanket over it, or place it in a corner to help your cat stay off.

4. Keep it neat and tidy

Cats are naturally curious and may try to scratch at things that appear new, different or unorganized. To prevent your cat from casual scratching, keep your hamper neat, organized and without tempting items that may entice your feline friend.

5. Play with your cat

Scratching can be a sign of boredom in cats, so make sure to spend quality time each day playing with your cat. Spend time bonding with your pet, give her toys to play with, and find ways to keep her entertained.

Following these simple strategies can help you keep your cat’s claws off your clothes hamper and keep your home looking nice. Best of luck taming your kitty’s claws!

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