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

How to Get Your Cat to Stop Scratching Your Clothes Hangers

Has your cat taken to scratching your clothes hangers? This common household problem can be both annoying and costly. But worry not, it is possible to teach your cat to stay away from hangers. Here’s what you need to do:

Redirect the scratching

The first step to training your cat is to redirect their scratching away from the hangers. Buy them a scratching post, and encourage them to use it. Treat them and give them praise when they do scratch the post.

Taste deterrents and distractions

Your hangers might have an attractive texture for your cat. To put your cat off scratching the hangers, you could try putting taste deterrents or distractions near them. These could be in the form of:

  • Scent deterrents such as citrus or menthol
  • Toy distractions such as a fishing rod toy or a floating feather toy
  • Noise deterrents such as tin foil or bubble wrap

Behavior modification

You can also try modifying your cat’s behavior by rewarding them when they stay away from the hangers. When they avoid scratching the hangers, give them treats, toys or verbal praise. After some time, your cat should have learned to stay away from the hangers.


Getting your cat to stop scratching your clothes hangers can be tricky, but it is certainly not impossible. With the right approach and some patience, you should be able to train your cat to stay away from hangers.

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