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All cats make their claws to mark their territory. But we quickly encounter problems when our cat sets its sights on the sofa or the furniture. How to make him understand where he can make his claws and where it is prohibited? Here are some tips to facilitate cohabitation…
Step 1: prevent your cat from scratching its furniture
Caring for your cat's claws For starters, you can take care of your cat's claws. This has several advantages: its claws will be less pointed and sharp and your cat will feel less the need to maintain its claws. Ask your veterinarian how to cut your claws, using appropriate pliers. Warning: if you cut too close, your cat may be injured. Do not take risks if you are not sure of yourself or if your cat is not very docile (personally, I prefer to let my veterinarian do it). Push your cat away from sensitive places You will have noticed, some cats will systematically choose the brand new leather sofa or family furniture to make their claws. The best way to prevent them: make these places much less attractive. There are two methods, which you can combine: - Rub a lemon zest where your cat makes or is likely to make its claws, - Cover the sensitive areas with aluminum foil, plastic canvas or double-sided adhesive tape. Rest assured: once your cat has gotten into the habit of making its claws in the right place, you will no longer need a repellant. Protect the sofa in the event of an accident Cats can also damage the sofa while playing, especially with their hind legs. To avoid accidents, place a plaid (in fairly thick fabric) on the cushions or armrests. For a cocooning touch, I chose a large faux fur blanket. Watch out for new furniture! Are you proud of the brand new leather sofa you just bought? Watch your cat! Since new furniture will not smell, a cat will tend to claw on it. So that this new piece of furniture does not seem completely foreign to your cat, rub it with a cushion on which your animal is used to sleeping. Thus, the new furniture will already have a little smell of your cat.
Step 2: encourage your cat to make its claws on its scratching post
There is no secret: for a cat to agree to make its claws elsewhere, its scratching post must be more comfortable! Attract your cat by rubbing the scratching post with euphoric catnip or by spraying a few drops of bleach. Place the scratching post next to where your cat is sleeping. Cats tend to claw as soon as they wake up to stretch. You now have all the keys in hand so that your furniture does not fall between the claws of your cat! After a few weeks, your cat should make its claws on the dedicated places.