How to Stop Your Cat from Scratching Your Doors
Do you have a naughty cat that just loves to scratch your doors? It’s a common behavior for cats, as scratching helps them mark their territory and keep their claws healthy, so it’s important to provide them with alternate and safe options. Here are some tips to help curb your cat’s scratching behavior:
Provide Scratching Posts
The best way to discourage your cat from scratching your doors is to give them their own designated scratching post. Make sure to choose one that is sturdy, tall enough for them to stretch their bodies, and covered in rough, textured surface for them to dig their claws into. Place it in an area near your door where your cat can easily access it.
Discourage Negative Behaviors
Whenever your cat scratches your door, immediately say “No” or use a negative sound to discourage them in the moment. To reinforce this, you can also spray feliway diffuser, a synthetic feline hormone, or a citrus spray to create an unpleasant smell and discourage them from scratching.
Encourage Positive Behavior
If you catch your cat scratching the post instead of the door, give them lots of praise and rewards. You can use treats, playtime, or petting – whatever your cat loves the most. This way, you’ll help your cat associate the post with positive reinforcement.
Trim Your Cat’s Nails Regularly
You should trim your cat’s nails every few weeks in order to ensure that they don’t become overly sharp and cause damage to your furniture, carpets, and your doors. If you’re not sure how to do it, consult your vet for specific instructions and tips.
Although cats may have an innate need to scratch, these tips can help get your cat used to their own scratching post and keep them away from your furniture, carpets, and doors!