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3 Ways to Keep Cats From Scratching Your Apartment Furniture

Let’s face it. Taking a dog outside to poop is always going to be awkward, and cats are always going to scratch the furniture. Seasoned cat owners are perfectly aware of their pet’s scratching tendencies, while new owners are pulling their hair out at the sight of their new cat scratching the side of the leather couch. Unfortunately, the scratching is not going to stop. However, there are some ways to prevent the furniture in your apartment for rent from being torn to shreds.

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Why do cats scratch?

First, it’s important to know that cats don’t scratch your things “just because.” Scratching is essential for a cat’s mental and physical health. When cats scratch, they’re able to stretch their back and shoulder muscles, which relieves stress. If your cat is in a stressful situation – like if you have several guests over – you will notice that they scratch more. This not only helps them let off some steam but is also your cat’s way of marking territory. Cats have scent glands in their little paws that release pheromones on whatever they scratch.

Because of this, there is not a way to keep your cat from scratching. There are some ways, however, to preserve your furniture against their scratchy ways.

Cap your cat’s claws

This is what I do for my cats and what I highly recommend to other cat owners. Stores like Petco or PetSmart sell little plastic caps that are shaped like cat claws. They come in a bunch of different colors and are relatively simple to put on. These caps allow your cat to do whatever they normally would with their claws, but the caps dull the tips of them. This keeps from having scratches and snags in the furniture. Not to mention, your cat will look *~fabulous~*.

Scratch deterrent spray

Pet stores also sell different sprays specifically for scratchy cats. You’re supposed to spray your furniture with the solution, and it’s supposed to keep your cats from scratching it. I’m not sure how effective this method is, but if the claw caps seem like too much work, then this may be a solid alternative.

Scratching post

This takes the most time and dedication, but could pay off in the long run. Buy your cat a sturdy scratching post – not a dinky cardboard one for $10 – and train them to scratch it instead of the furniture. You do this by showing your cat how to scratch the post by scratching it yourself. After they begin using the post, any time they start scratching the furniture, spray them with a spritz of water and take them over to the post. (See where the time and dedication come into play?) Over time, your cat will learn to only use the post and avoid the furniture altogether.