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How do I get my cat to stop scratching my dress shoes?

How to Stop Your Cat from Scratching Your Dress Shoes

Dress shoes can be an expensive investment, and they’re not always easy to replace if your cat gets its claws into them. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to help protect your dress shoes and keep them looking their best.

Provide an Alternative

  • Give your cat a scratching post or cardboard scratching pad to divert its attention away from your dress shoes.
  • Put sisal rope around the post or pad to make it more appealing to your cat.
  • Place your cat’s post or pad near your dress shoes, so it has an alternative to scratching your shoes.

Apply Deterrents

  • Use double-sided sticky tape or tin foil around the area where your cat tends to scratch your shoes. Cats do not like the sticking sensation, so this may be an effective deterrent.
  • Spray the area lightly with a citrus-based deterrent. Cats don’t like the smell or taste of citrus, so this may help to keep it away from your dress shoes.
  • Make a “hissing” sound when your cat starts to scratch or sniff near your dress shoes. This will startle your cat and make it less likely to come near your shoes.

Interact with Your Cat

Interact with your cat often and make sure it is getting plenty of stress-relieving attention. When cats are bored or anxious, they may be more likely to scratch your dress shoes. Offering daily playtime and stimulation can help to keep it away from your dress shoes.

By following these steps, you can help to protect your dress shoes from your cat’s claws. With a little time and patience, you can keep your shoes looking their best.

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