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

Tips to Stop Your Cat from Scratching Your Dress Shoes

Scratching is an instinctual behavior for cats, so preventing it can be difficult. Here are some tips to control scratching:

Provide Alternatives

  • Buy a scratching post or board for your cat and provide a multitude of attractive textures – sisal, natural-fiber twine, and/or carpet.
  • Position the scratching post near your dress shoes and reward your cat with praise and treats when they use it.
  • Provide a variety of toys to keep your cat entertained, such as scratching toys.

Discourage Scratching Behavior

  • Trim your cats nails regularly, by having a check-up at the vet or groomer.
  • Spray areas where your cat likes to scratch with a diluted citrus solution to deter them.
  • Use double-sided tape or foil around dress shoes and other items you don’t want them to scratch.
  • If the issue persists, consult your vet about products like nail caps.

Make Your Cat Comfortable

  • Make sure your cat has enough scratching options, by providing cat furniture such as perches and cat trees.
  • Provide your cat with lots of mental and physical stimulation to release energy, such as playing with interactive toys.
  • Make sure your cat is not stressed out by providing a safe environment, with plenty of hiding places.

By following these tips, you should be able to effectively stop your cat from scratching your dress shoes. Remember that this is a process that takes time and patience. If the problem persists, consult your vet.

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