Your loving and adorable cat can wreak havoc on your leather furniture. His sharp nails can shred the durable leather material like a hot knife through butter. The independent and stubborn nature of the feline species makes training them rather difficult. Fortunately, there are several methods that can help keep your kitty off your leather couch. Remember, you should never smack or hit your cat as a deterrent. Doing so will not keep your cat off your furniture. It will, however, cause your kitty to become afraid of you.
Lay several sheets of aluminium foil on the leather couch. Cats do not like the sound or feel of the foil. After several weeks of encountering the foil, your cat will learn to stay away from the leather furniture. Alternatively, place several pieces of double-sided tape on the leather sofa.
Spray her lightly with water. Keep a spray bottle filled with water near the couch. When your cat jumps on the couch, immediately squirt her with the water while saying "No" in a stern voice.
Clap your hands loudly near your cat when he is on the leather sofa. The load noise will cause him to jump off the couch.
Pick your cat up when she is laying on the leather furniture and place her in the desired location. Give her praise and a treat. Once she starts sitting in the desired location on her own, reward her with praise and a treat.
Create an area just for your cat. Give him his own bed in a nice, quiet location where he can relax and sleep without being disturbed.
Provide your cat with a scratching post to keep her from shredding your leather couch. Scratching posts are available at pet centres and department stores.
Cover your cat's claws with small plastic caps available from your veterinarian or pet centre. The small plastic caps are a safer and more humane alternative to declawing and prevents your kitty's claws from causing damage without harming the cat.
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