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

Tips for Getting Your Cat to Stop Scratching Your Windowsills

Having your cat scratch your windowsills can be quite frustrating, but here are some tips you can use to stop them from scratching them!

Provide an Alternative

Cats have an innate need to scratch things, so you won’t be able to completely stop them from scratching, but you can provide them with a better alternative. Invest in a scratching post and place it near where they typically scratch the windowsill.

Discourage Scratching

If your cat is still scratching the windowsill, try setting up something that you know they won’t like, such as aluminum foil or double sided sticky tape, over the windowsill to make it unpleasant for them to scratch. You can also try playing a loud noise or spraying a mist of water with a spray bottle when they attempt to scratch the windowsill.

Create a Positive Association

When you catch your cat scratching the windowsill, distract them with a toy, treat, or a bit of catnip and move them to their scratching post. This will help create a positive association between the scratching post and the positive treat, so they’ll be more likely to use the scratching post instead of the windowsill.

Trim Their Nails

Regularly trim your cat’s claws to reduce the damage they cause when scratching. Try offering a treat and petting session to make the experience more pleasant for them.

Make Time for Playtime

In addition to providing a scratching post and trimming their nails, make sure to give your cat plenty of time for physical and mental stimulation. Playing with interactive toys can bring out their hunting instincts and teach them to play without damaging your furniture.


By providing an alternative, discouraging the windowsill scratching, creating a positive association, trimming their nails, and making time for playtime, you can help get your cat to stop scratching the windowsill.

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