Are you a cat lover? Cats are great pets. They love to play, they love to cuddle when you are watching TV or sleeping, and they purr for the very reason to be near you. Unfortunately, cats also love to scratch. This is probably one of a pet owner's worst nightmares. Often, the things they love to scratch are the legs of your antique table, your upholstered sofa.
Scratching is a natural behavior for cats and is a way marking its territory. Scratching exercises their shoulders, legs and paws and also provides a good stretch for them. Yet, if your pieces of furniture are at stake, you might want to find ways on how to avoid this hideous thing from happening. The easiest but the most painful method to keep your furniture scratch-less is declawing. Many people consider the declawing surgery but many veterinarians believe declawing is a painful and unnecessary surgery and refuse to do it for humane reasons. Declawing is not like a manicure, it's a serious surgery. The cat's claw is not a toenail as it is actually closely connected to the bone. So closely connected in fact that they say the cat's claw is the cat's bone in itself. Therefore, declawing is believed to be an amputation of the last joint of the cat's “toes”. When you envision that, it becomes clear why declawing is not a humane act. Here are three cat-friendly ways to protect furniture by discouraging your cat from scratching them:
Provide them with a Scratching Post
The key to protecting your cat's health and your furniture is to get your cat to scratch somewhere else that is more appealing than the furniture. It's unlikely that you can prevent cats from scratching, but you can help them learn what is appropriate to scratch. To make it even more effective you can put catnip on the scratching posts and it will drive them wild and make them happy. It is also encouraged to reward them with praises and treats when they scratch the scratch posts. This will let them know they are allowed to scratch and will begin to do it more.
Have a Spray Bottle Prepared
When your cat attempts to attack your furniture or rugs, give your cat a few gentle sprays to make him stop. This will soon let them know not to get near your furniture and will stay away because they'd get sprayed with water. Most cats hate water and will stay away and avoid whatever makes them get sprayed at.
Get Some Lemon Juice Ready
Cats may also be discouraged by citrus smells. Spraying furniture, rugs or drapes with a citrus deodorizer can very much convince your cat to leave your treasured pieces of furniture items alone. This in effect, will give your house a nice, crisp smell too.
If you've invested in expensive furniture, you'll definitely want the claws of your cat away from it as much as possible. But even if you've just picked up some pieces at a yard sale you'd still want to keep your pieces in good shape.