Cat Q&A

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

How to Stop a Cat from Scratching Sheets

Scratching is a normal behavior for cats, and it’s generally very difficult to prevent them from doing it. As such, it’s best to focus your energy on redirecting your cat’s natural scratching urge. You’ll want to provide an alternative outlet for them to scratch instead of your sheets, such as a designated scratching post.

Provide an Alternative

  • Purchase a scratching post with a sturdy base that is made of sisal or carpet material.
  • Place the scratching post near the sheets your cat scratches.
  • Encourage your cat to use the scratching post by providing treats, playing with it, and making it more enticing with a catnip spray.

Discourage Unwanted Scratching

  • Do not physically touch your cat while it is scratching your sheets. Distract them with a toy or other object, if possible.
  • Spray a cat deterrent on the sheets or the area near them. Cats dislike the citric smell.
  • Cover the area with a sheet or blanket that the cat can’t scratch.

Your cat’s scratching is instinctive and provides both physical and psychological benefits. Redirecting their natural urges is the best way to get them to stop scratching your sheets. With patience, consistency, and providing an alternative, you should be able to curb or completely stop the unwanted behavior.

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