Cat Scratching Couch

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Old 03-03-10, 11:26 AM
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Cat Scratching Couch

The cat is starting to scratch our new couch. Any non toxic sprays? Other recommendations?

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Old 03-04-10, 09:27 AM
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Coopns,

Do you have scratching posts for the cat to use? Also, keeping the cat's claws trimmed helps as well, but providing a good scratching post is a major help. Also, I have had really good luck with putting double sided sticky tape stuff on the corners of our couch. Cats do not like sticky stuff. There is also nail tips that can be put on the cat's claws, they are called either Soft Paws or Soft Claws (both are the same type of thing, but by different manufacturers)

Here are some links to the types of products I am referring to:

Alternatives to Declawing, Nail Caps for Cats

Cat Scratching Solutions

Cat training aid: Paws Away Scratch Strips at Drs. Foster & Smith

Hopefully one or all of these will help solve the problem for you.

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Old 03-04-10, 09:45 AM
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Since we got a few of those cardboard scratching boxes w/catnip...our cats never use the furniture. $10 for the big ones at WalMart. Little bit of a mess as they wear..but better than torn up furniture. And you can turn the insert over I think..or you used to be able to.
 
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Old 03-04-10, 07:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Gunguy45 View Post
Since we got a few of those cardboard scratching boxes w/catnip...our cats never use the furniture. $10 for the big ones at WalMart. Little bit of a mess as they wear..but better than torn up furniture. And you can turn the insert over I think..or you used to be able to.
Our cats LOVE these things.

A good non toxic spray is water. When kitty is scratching the wrong thing squirt them with water from a spray bottle.
Cats need a place to scratch. If they are scratching the wrong thing you can bring them to the scratching post. We have two cats and leather furniture and have no problems.
 
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Old 03-05-10, 04:52 AM
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I agree with Scott, a spray bottle of water is a clean deterrent. Pavlov did all the research, and animals are subject to conditioned reflexes. I made my cats a climbing tree in the corner of the LR. Rubbed a little catnip on the lower portion and they scratch it everytime they enter the room.
 
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