Cats make great pets! But many of them like to scratch on our furniture. And seeing our furniture ripped up by cat claws can be a bit frustrating. Since it is a natural instinct for cats to scratch, it can be difficult to stop. There are noise makers and sprays that are sold for the express purpose of stopping cats from scratching the furniture, but the problem with those is that someone has to be present to implement them. And we all know it’s impossible for us to be with our cats all the time. So here are some ideas for you to try.
Idea #1: Clear tape.
Use the kind of tape that is used for taping up boxes. It is usually 3 inches wide. Pull strips of tape off in lengths of 6-12 inches. Apply them to the furniture in the areas that your cat tends to scratch. It’s not that visible, unless you’re looking for it, of course. And an added bonus is that when you peel the tape off of the furniture, dirt and hair stick to the tape so your furniture gets a bit of a cleaning. We all know how messy cat hairs can be!
Idea #2: Double-sided tape.
This immediately deters cats from scratching since they don’t like the feel of the sticky surface on their paws. The only thing is that double-sided tape is not usually available in a 3-inch wide size, so you will have to use more of it to cover the areas that your cat scratches. But since it’s so effective, it may be worth investing a little bit more in order to attempt to break your cat of this habit.
Idea #3: Cat scratching board.
I recommend a cat scratching board in addition to idea #1 or #2. It often does not work by itself since the cat still scratches on the furniture. But if the furniture is off limits, chances are your cat will jump at the chance to use the cat scratching board!
Hope this helps!