We pet owners can teach and train our kitties to not scratch the furniture with a few useful tips and tricks. Here are some preventative measures to avoid cat scratches on the couch that will not harm or upset your furry friend.
Tip #1: Cats are territorial and need to own their favorite area of the house. Purchase a few scratching posts with a heavy base when you first bring home a kitten or grown cat. Put them near the place where you like to sit, so they can feel your presence and smell your scent. Try different types such as wood, fabric or carpet, and give them the one they want to use the most.
Tip #2: Cover the sides/arms of the sofa or other furniture with cat protector pads you can pick up at a hardware store or pet store.
Tip #3: Kittens, and even older cats, may be tolerant of nail clipping when you set up a quiet, calm environment for clipping their nails on a regular basis. Cat grooming is a wonderful way to bond with your furry family member and will teach them to love the attention. No need to declaw your cat! Just make sure not to get too close to the nail quick as it could cause your cat to bleed. If this happens, apply pressure on the paw/claw and have styptic powder handy to rub on the nail to stop the bleeding.
Tip #4: You can purchase kitty nail tips from your local pet store. You will have to replace them monthly; however, this is much less expensive than replacing an entire couch!
Tip #5: Purchase a product such as Sticky Paws or a roll of double-sided cloth carpet tape that you will fasten to the ends of the couch, as it discourages cats from clawing the furniture. When the cat goes to scratch the sofa, they will back off as they do not like the stickiness on their paws.