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

How to stop your Cat from Clawing Your High Heels

High heels can be expensive, beautiful pieces of clothing and you want to keep them in pristine condition. It can be incredibly irritating when your cat decides that your gorgeous high heels are the perfect claws baring target. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to stop your cat from scratching them.

Provide Alternatives

Ensure that your cat has a few designated areas where they can scratch. Provide a sharpening post or a scratching board and make sure these areas are more appealing than your shoes.

Coat your High Heels with Unappealing Material

You can apply a deterrent in the form of a bitter apple spray or a double-sided tape. This will make it unpleasant for your cat to scratch your heels and they should avoid it.

Distract Your Cat

If you can distract your cat before they start to misbehave, you can usually stop them from scratching your heels altogether.

  • Make Something Noisy: You can make a loud noise or clap your hands to get your cat’s attention and distract them away from your heels.
  • Exercise: Give your cat some daily exercise with a selection of toys. This will wear them out and make them less likely to want to scratch your heels in the first place.
  • Try Calming Devices: There are now calming products available such as Feliway, which should help to keep your cat calm and avoid misbehaviour.

Reward Desired Behaviour

When your cat has done something you do appreciate, make sure you reward them with a treat or a stroke. This will help them to associate your high heels with something positive.


It can be difficult to keep your cat away from your expensive high heels, but with patience and a few of these tips, you can eventually get your cat to stop scratching them.

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