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

Tips To Stop Your Cat From Scratching Your Sandals

If you are a cat-lover and have recently noticed that your little one is taking a particular interest in your sandals, you may be wondering how to stop them from scratching your sandals all together. The good news is that there are plenty of simple and effective ways to prevent your cat from targeting your shoes.

Provide an Alternative Scratching Post

Cats are natural scratchers, and it’s important that you direct their scratching behaviour to a more appropriate surface. Providing a variety of scratching posts, pads and mats around the home will give your cat plenty of scratching options and keep your sandals (mostly) safe.

Use Cat Deterrent Sprays

If your cat is already targeting your sandals, you may have success with cat deterrent sprays. Sprays contain substances that are unpleasant for cats – such as cayenne pepper – and act as an unpleasant reminder for cats to stop their behaviour. Simply spray a light mist over any areas of the home that you would like to keep scratch-free.

Discourage Unwanted Behaviour

If you catch your cat in the act of scratching your sandals, it’s important to act quickly to discourage them from continuing. Make a loud noise – such a clap your hands or stomp your feet – and use a stern voice to let them know that this is an unacceptable behaviour. Over time with consistent correction, your cat will learn to stop scratching your sandals.

Let The Professionals Help

If all else fails, your best bet may be to get help from a trained professional. A certified cat behaviourist will be able to assess your cat’s behaviour, identify the underlying cause and provide you with an appropriate behaviour plan to stop your cat from targeting your sandals.


Scratching is a natural behaviour for cats – but sandals are an off-limits! With a little patience and effort, you can teach your cat to scratch more appropriate surfaces instead of your sandals and keep their claws from tearing up your favourite footwear.

Good Luck!

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