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

How do I get my Cat to Stop Scratching my Pumps?

We all love our cats, but how do you stop them from scratching your favorite pumps? Here are some helpful tips to get your cat to stop scratching your pumps, so that your clothes and furniture are not damaged.

Provide Alternatives

Provide your cat with alternatives such as scratching posts, cat trees, or cardboard boxes. These alternative scratching surfaces should be tall enough and sturdy enough for your cat to use, and placed near the areas where they have been scratching your pumps. Praise your cat when they use scratch posts, and make sure the items used as posts have been specifically made to appeal to your cat.

Gently Discourage Your Cat

If your cat is scratching at your pumps, distract them with a toy or treats. Make sure that the reward for not scratching is greater than the reward for scratching. Provide a spray bottle of water or compressed air to discourage scratching, but always use a mild detergent spray and never use strong chemicals or sprays to deter your cat.

Understanding your Cat

Cats mark their territories by scratching. So where does your cat like to scratch? Is it near the entrance to your home or by windows facing the outside? Observe your cat and identify its favorite scratching spots, so you can move the items or discourage your cat from scratching in that particular area.

Nail Trimming

Regularly trim your cat’s nails to prevent scratching on furniture. If you are not comfortable trimming your cat’s nails, get help from a professional groomer or veterinarian.

Cover Items

If all else fails, you can cover furniture and other items with decorative covers or fabric. If your cat likes the feel of leather or suede, try covering the items with a thin fabric or felt to discourage scratching.


Cats are natural scratchers, so it is not always possible to prevent them from scratching furniture and other items. However, following these tips, you can minimize the damage done by your cat and, at the same time, provide them with other sources of scratching fun.

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