Is your cat scratching your furniture? There is nothing more frustrating than buying a beautiful and expensive piece of furniture, only to have your cat scratch the wood or leather with its nails. Fortunately there are many things you can do to prevent this from happening again.
There are a number of ways to get your cat to stop scratching the furniture. Soft claws, declawing, clipping, furniture guards, and scat mats can all be used either alone or in combination to stop your cat.
Soft claws is a product that covers your cat's nails. It kind of goes over each nail like a tiny glove, and it stays on with glue. It can be hard to put on by yourself, which is why many people have their vets put them on.
Declawing is another option, but should only be done as a last resort. The advantage of declawing is that it is a quick procedure, but has some long-term complications if done improperly. You should consult your vet for this option.
Another option is to always make sure your cats claws are clipped short. This requires constant vigilance on the owner's part, but it can be done.
Furniture guards and scratching posts are very good alternatives to these other methods. Place these near where, or over where the cat is scratching and the problem should stop.
There are also electronic devices today, called scat mats, that emit a loud noise of an animal comes close to it. This works well if you want to keep your cat off your new couch.
There are many more ways to alter your cat's behavior. By learning to train your cat you will build a better bond with them, and both of you will be much happier. Find some good books on cat training, and go from there.
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