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

Stop Your Cat From Scratching Your Windowsill

Does your furry feline friend have an annoying habit of scratching your windowsill? If so, you’re not alone. Cats scratching furniture is a common problem behavior and can be incredibly irritating and costly to repair. However, there are several effective solutions you can use to stop your cat from scratching your windows that don’t involve declawing them.

1. Use Cat Deterrents

One of the most effective methods of discouraging this behavior is to use items specifically made to discourage cats from scratching. These come in a variety of cat deterrents such as:

  • Sticky Paws: These are transparent adhesive strips that cats find unpleasant and dislike walking or scratching on.
  • Foil: You can use aluminum foil or double-sided tape to cover the windowsill. Cats don’t like the sticky feeling or the sound that the foil and tape will make when the cat tries scratching.
  • Bitter Apple Spray: Cats don’t like the taste of the spray, so it discourages them from scratching your windowsill or furniture when applied.

2. Reward Good Behavior

If your cat has another area they can scratch that’s acceptable, such as a scratching post, then you should use rewards to redirect their attention. When you catch them scratching their post instead of the windowsill, make sure to give them a treat, praise, or a toy. This will reinforce the behavior you want, and will make scratching the post more attractive than scratching the windowsill.

3. Trim Your Cat’s Claws

If your cat has especially long, sharp claws, these can be a particular nuisance as they can cause more damage than ordinary claws. Keeping your cat’s claws clipped is a great way to not only prevent them from scratching furniture or your windowsill, but also protect them from scratching their own skin. You can either take them to the vet for a professional trim, or purchase clippers and do it yourself.

4. Manage Stress Levels

It’s thought that cats who scratch furniture or windowsills do so to relieve boredom or stress. If your cat is anxious or anxious, you can try to improve their wellbeing with a variety of tactics such as providing more stimulation, better mental exercise, and more interaction. Spend more quality time with your cat, and make sure they have plenty of toys and puzzles to keep them busy.


By implementing these tips and tricks, you can help your cat kick their windowsill scratching habit and save your windowsill from unnecessary damage. Remember, it takes time and patience, so be consistent and look for signs of improvement. Good luck!

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