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How do I get my cat to stop scratching my high heels?

How to Stop Your Cat from Scratching Your High Heels

Are you always finding claw marks on your favourite high heels? Does your cat constantly seem to be scratching them? Cats naturally feel the need to scratch – but how can you get your cat to stay away from your prized shoes?

It’s possible to teach your cat to stop scratching your high heels – check out these tips:

1. Redirect their attention

Your cat might be scratching your heels out of sheer boredom – redirect their attention with interactive toys and make sure to provide plenty of playtime every day.

2. Provide alternative scratching surfaces

If your cat is mainly scratching as a way to sharpen and remove the dead outer layer of their claws, provide alternative scratching surfaces that they can use instead. Choose structures that are tall and stable, and that satisfy both the vertical and horizontal scratching needs of your cat.

3. Praise your cat when they scratch the right objects

Whenever you notice your cat using an appropriate scratching surface, show them your approval by using a positive tone and petting them. This will let them know that this behaviour is acceptable in your home.

4. Discourage scratching of inappropriate objects

If your cat is scratching your high heels, stop them immediately by clapping your hands, making loud noises or using a spray bottle filled with water and give them a negative reinforcement.

5. Apply a bitter spray to the shoes

You can also apply a bitter-tasting spray to your shoes to help keep your cat away. Be sure to check for any negative reactions to the spray and consult your veterinarian before using it.

6. Trim your cat’s claws regularly

Finally, it’s important to trim your cat’s claws on a regular basis to reduce the amount of debris that can accumulate. This helps to lessen their need for scratching and protects your favourite high heels in the process.

It’s possible to teach your cat to leave your high heels alone. By using the tips above, you can get your cat to stop scratching your shoes and save your favourite pair of heels in the process.

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