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How do I get my cat to stop scratching my furniture?

How to Stop Your Cat from Scratching Your Furniture?

Scratching furniture is a common behavior among cats, and it can be difficult to stop. Luckily, there are some things you can do to help curb your cat’s scratching habits.

Provide Alternatives to Scratching

One of the best ways to stop your cat from scratching furniture is to give them alternative ways to scratch. Invest in a scratching post or cardboard scratcher and rub catnip on it to attract your cat. Place the scratching post or cardboard scratcher in an area that your cat usually hangs around. Praise or reward your cat when they use the scratching post instead of your furniture.

Trim Your Cat’s Nails

Long nails can make it easier for your cat to scratch your furniture. Trim your cat’s nails every few weeks to deter them from scratching as much. You can buy cat nail clippers from most pet stores and if you’re not confident in trimming your cat’s nails, ask your vet or groomer for help.

Create a Deterrent

If your cat continues to scratch the furniture, try to make the furniture unpleasant for them to touch. Cover the affected furniture with double-sided sticky tape or aluminum foil. You can also spray some bitter spray deterrent from pet stores on the furniture.

Consult Your Vet

If all else fails, it might be time to consult your vet about changing your cat’s behavior. Your vet can give you advice on how to manage scratching behavior and, if necessary, prescribe medications.


Scratching furniture is a normal behavior for cats, but it might get out of hand. Try out these tips to help curb your cat’s scratching behavior so they can stay away from your furniture.

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