Cats love to scratch surfaces to sharpen their claws. After all, it is instinctive---and it feels good to them. The fact that your cat finds pleasure in scratching may be of little comfort to you when he scratches your door frame or slowly shreds your couch, but rest assured; you can put and end to it. It will take some time and patience, but eventually you will be able to divert his attention and stop inappropriate scratching.
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Things you need
- Double-sided sticky tape
- Clear vinyl floor runner
- Citrus room freshening spray
- Nail caps
- Aluminium foil
Stick some double-sided tape on the area of the door frame where your cat scratches. Your cat won't like the feel of the sticky tape when he scratches and will eventually give up using the door frame as a scratching post. When he loses interest in the door frame, take the double-sided tape down.
Cut a clear vinyl floor runner into strips and cover the areas of the door frame that are being scratched by your cat. You can use double-sided tape or thumb tacks to hang the strips on the door frame. Hang the strips with the textured nubs facing up. Your cat will find the nubs an annoyance and stop using the door frame for scratching.
Spray a citrus-scented room freshener on the door frame. Cats despise the smell of citrus and usually stay away from any area that harbours the odour. Spray the door frame frequently enough, and your cat will probably get the hint that he is to stay away.
Apply nail caps to your cat's nails. The caps are attached to his nails with glue that is nontoxic. He will still have the capability to unsheathe his nails and scratch, but the caps will prevent him from causing any damage to the door frame. Caps are usually applied every four to six weeks. Do not use caps if your cat spends time outdoors because he needs his nails as a defence.
Try aluminium foil. Cats do not like aluminium foil. They do not like the way it looks, sounds, or feels. Taping a few pieces of aluminium foil on your door frame should be enough to break the habit and send him back to his cat toys.
Tips and warnings
- Tackling the scratching problem at its source can be a big help. If you trim your cat's nails regularly, it can help to eliminate his need to scratch. You can accomplish this by using a pair of pet nail clippers to snip off the very tips of his nails. Try trimming his nails at least once a month.
- Provide your cat with plenty of toys to keep his mind stimulated, and give him his own scratching post to keep him from using your door frame or any other item in your home for scratching.
- Whatever you do, do not declaw your cat because of inappropriate scratching. The procedure is painful and can eventually interfere with his daily life---and his survival. This is especially true if he sneaks out of the house one day. Without his claws, he is virtually defenceless.
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