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

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

Cats are often attracted to leather and sandals, so it is not uncommon for cats to be eager to scratch the sandals that you wear. Unfortunately, this behavior can be damaging to your sandals and can be disruptive to your sleep or productivity. Here are some tips to get your cat to stop scratching your sandals:

1. Redirect the Behavior

Try redirecting the cat’s scratching towards an acceptable scratching surface, like a scratching post to give them a better outlet for this natural behavior. Place the scratching post in the same area where your sandals are and encourage the cat to use it by giving them treats when they do.

2. Apply Deterrents

You can also make the sandals less appealing by applying deterrents, such as double-sided tape. The sticky texture of the tape will make the sandals too uncomfortable for cats to keep scratching, and they’ll likely move on to other surfaces. In addition, you can spray a bit of fragrant cat repellent on the sandals to further deter the cat from scratching.

3. Create a Cats-free Space

You can also create a space that is cats-free, meaning no cats can enter. This can be a closet or a room that you can designate as the cats-free space. This way, you can store your sandals in this space, so the cats won’t be able to get to it.

4. Trim the Nails

Trimming your cat’s nails can also help to reduce their urge to scratch. You can use a nail clipper specifically designed for cats, or try the gentler method of filing the nails with a human nail file. Both methods can be effective, but it can take some time for cats to adjust to the habit.


Cats and sandals don’t have to be natural enemies. By providing alternatives for the cat’s scratching habit and using deterrents, you can help to protect your sandals and keep them looking like new.

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