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Good scratching material to put behind door to lessen scratching noise

Good scratching material to put behind door to lessen scratching noise


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Old 05-08-22, 08:03 AM
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Good scratching material to put behind door to lessen scratching noise

What is a good material that I can cut to the custom size of my bedroom door that the cat can scratch in lieu of the door itself?
 
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I can picture one of those rubber backed carpet squares.
 
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Old 05-08-22, 01:45 PM
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How about a foam mattress pad? Or a big tub filled with water in front of the door.
 
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Old 05-08-22, 01:58 PM
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It's apparently something that the cat needs to scratch on.
 
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I have a commercial/hospitality carpet that our cat absolutely loves. Look for things that make you think burlap or sisal. It won't actually be burlap or sisal but my cat seems to like the texture of those type things. Sturdy, coarse carpets with a closed loop that the claws can gain purchase. It has to have something claws can really grab grab onto.

Human fingernails are continuous and when we get that funny feeling we clip or file them. Cat's nails are more like plastic cups stacked on top of each other. They have to claw until they break the old cup on top loose and expose the new, razor sharp one below. They need something pretty firm and sturdy.

But, as anyone with cat experience will tell you. They have a personality and very definite opinions. You may have to try several materials until you find something your cat likes. And, once you find that material you may learn that your cat doesn't really like scratching your door. That might have just been the best thing available. If you give them something better to scratch they may ignore the door.
 
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to give some context, the cat scratches at the door to get out in the morning (so that he can go scratch on someone elses door to get in), wakes everyone up.

The tub of water would work but when the owner leaves, they can't put the tub of water back against the door.

I'll glue squares onto the lower half of the door so if it scratches, it won't be nearly as loud, thank you
 
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Old 05-09-22, 02:30 PM
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MichaelChang,

My suggestion is to buy a few of the doorknob dangling scratching pads. I've gotten them in big box stores and online. They have a long rope/cord piece that you loop around the door handle, and a hanging rectangle of scratcher area...they work well.





Barring that the other suggestions may be a good alternative.

Hopefully the pictures show up properly...I've not posted them before

 
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If you want stuff the cat can scratch on, all the suggestion here will work. If you want to discourage door scratching, a sheet of 1/4" plexiglas or lucite (cut to size of the scratching area) will not be popular, but if the cat needs further convincing, Google:

Sticky Paws Pioneer Pet XL Sheets (9" x 12")

this attached to the plexiglas will do it. Cats hate getting their paws on anything sticky...some it will send into panic mode.
 
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Old 10-20-23, 08:37 AM
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What ended up working best is two box fans opposing each other at low speed at the doorway and the cat doesn't like to go in that area
 
 

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