Cats love to scratch. By scratching, they remove the old, outer sheath of their claws to expose new, healthy ones. Here are some tips to keep your kitty from causing damage to your furnishings:
- Provide your cat with several scratching posts of different varieties. Hang toys from the top or scent them with catnip to encourage your cat’s interest. If your cat is already clawing the furniture, cover the object with plastic or Sticky Paws tape (which we carry at Pet Supermarket), and then place a scratching post next to it. Your cat should soon get the idea.
- Clip your cat’s nails regularly to discourage unwanted scratching. If your kitty still insists on clawing your favorite chair, then you may want to use Soft Claws. Made of soft plastic, the caps attach to the cat’s nail with a non-toxic adhesive, and last about 4-6 weeks. We also offer several repellant sprays available that will discourage cats from using a particular object.
If you catch your cat in the act of clawing the furniture, then a light spritz of water from a spray bottle will stop her quickly. Pet Supermarket carries a huge variety of scratching posts, as well as repellents, nail clippers and nail caps. Our friendly associates can help you with everything you’ll need to keep your cat’s claws under control.