How to Stop Your Cat Scratching Your Dress Shoes?
Taking care of your dress shoes is important, so it’s understandably annoying when your cat starts scratching them. Even more so, when they start to damage them! It happens naturally, so don’t be too hard on your cat – they are just trying to fulfill their natural need to scratch things. Here are some steps you can take to protect your shoes and prevent further damage:
1. Keep Your Shoes Away From Your Cat
The simplest and most effective way to protect your shoes from your cat’s claws is to keep your shoes in a place where she can’t even get to them. Put them in a place that’s too high for her to reach, or keep them in a cupboard with a door that can be shut.
2. Apply a Deterrent
If your cat is drawn to your shoes even when they’re out of reach, try applying a deterrent to the shoe. Cats naturally don’t like certain smells, such as citrus or minty smells, so you can use a spray with one of these scents and spray it onto the shoe.
3. Provide Suitable Alternatives
It’s important to understand why your cat is scratching the shoe in the first place. There’s a good chance that it’s because she needs somewhere to scratch, so it’s important to provide her with suitable alternatives. You can buy a scratching post specifically designed for cats, or something more natural such as a log or piece of cardboard. Make sure to place it in an area of the house that your cat is likely to use.
4. Trim Your Cat’s Claws Regularly
Regularly trimming your cat’s claws can help to reduce the damage done to the shoes. You can find both pet-safe and household clippers for cutting your cat’s nails. It’s best to get help from a groomer or veterinarian to ensure it’s done correctly.
By following these steps you should be able to protect your shoes from your cat’s claws and help make sure they stay in good condition for longer. Good luck!