Cats scratch to stretch muscles, remove old claw sheaths, and communicate with one another. To a cat, furniture may seem like a natural place to scratch. Instead of declawing your cat, there are a few things you can do to protect the furniture while you also train your cat. Teach your cat not to scratch the furniture by offering scratching posts, rewarding good behaviour, and being consistent with training. Your cat will soon prefer its scratching post and rewards over scratching the furniture.
Use furniture covers. If you’re mainly concerned that your furniture will become dirty or hairy from your cat, cover it with slipcovers. You can purchase a slipcover for couches, chairs, or recliners in a variety of colors and fabrics. Choose a fabric that you can easily wipe clean or toss in the washing machine.
- If you don’t want to always keep a cover on the furniture, you can lay down a towel where your cat usually likes to rest. Just remove the towel and wash it every day or two.
Spray a scent deterrent on the furniture. Buy a repellent spray that your cat doesn’t like and spray it on the furniture that your cat usually scratches. You can purchase deterrent sprays at most pet stores. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to spray your furniture.
- You may need to reapply the scent deterrent once it begins to wear off.