We’re often asked how you can help stop a cat from scratching furniture. Do you want to get your cat using a scratching post instead of your couch? You’ve come to the right place! This is such a common question, we decided it was time to write a blog!
First we must stress how important it is for our cats to have claws – and a good place to scratch them With all of the scientific information available to us now, declawing your cat should not be an option. Cats need to scratch to sharpen their claws, build muscle strength, reduce stress and mark their territories.
However, some cats just seem to want to use your carpet or furniture. Even with a million scratching posts in the same room. We get it.
So here are a few tips on how to get your cat using a scratching post.
- Spray or rub the scratching post with catnip. Most kitties love catnip so much that they will be more apt to use the post you purchased when it is doused with their favorite scent.
- Place the catnip infused post near their favorite scratching spot. Since one of the things our kitties are doing when they scratch is marking territory, the placement of the scratching post is important. If you put it in a dark room out of sight they will be less likely to use it. Placement is key.
- Make sure the post is big enough. Many scratching posts or scratching pads are so light and small that our cats don’t really get a lot of muscle stretching accomplished. Make sure the post is tall and sturdy so your kitty will be more attracted to it.
- Reward the behavior. Many cat parents forget this important step. If you are trying to deter your cat from furniture to the scratching post, give her a treat each time you see her using it. Cats can be trained with positive reinforcement and this is a purrfect way to get your sweet little scratching the desired spots!