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Scratching Solutions

Scratching Doesn’t Have to Be Bad

Does your couch look like Edward Scissorhands has been over for a visit? If so, you probably have a cat or two. Read tips below for helpful scratching solutions! 

Why do cats scratch?

Cats scratch for several reasons. Scratching helps them remove the dead outer layer of their claws and allows them to get in a good stretch. It’s also a way for them to leave their mark and their scent which makes them feel safe in their environment. And sometimes cats scratch out of boredom.

Bad news is that your cat is always going to scratch. Good news is that there are several things you can do to ensure that their scratching isn’t destructive. Check out the tips below! 

Provide scratching alternatives

Place a few scratching posts/trees or scratching pads around the house to encourage an appropriate place to lounge and scratch. 

Deter scratching

To deter your feline friend from wreaking havoc on your new Ethan Allen sofa, spray the fabric with scents that are overwhelming to cats such as citrus, mint, or lavender. You can also use products like Sticky Paws to discourage clawing. 

Keep your kitty busy

If your cat is scratching out of boredom, try leaving out empty boxes around the house for them to crawl through or hide treats to tap into their natural hunting instincts.

Visit our blog for more ideas on how to keep your cat entertained. 

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