Don't declaw your cat: furniture-saving tips and tricks - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

Don't declaw your cat: furniture-saving tips and tricks

Updated: July 16, 2012 03:32 PM EDT
Give your cats a better scratch device and they'll choose it over your couch. (©iStockphoto.com) Give your cats a better scratch device and they'll choose it over your couch. (©iStockphoto.com)
  • From The Daily CatMore>>

  • Why doesn't my cat like catnip?

    Why doesn't my cat like catnip?

    Believe or not, some cats just aren’t drawn to catnip. Here’s why.

    Believe or not, some cats just aren’t drawn to catnip. Here’s why.

  • Houseplants vs. your cat

    Houseplants vs. your cat

    Before adding a touch of nature to your home with houseplants, it's important to know what types of plants may be harmful to your cat and which are safe.
    Before adding a touch of nature to your home with houseplants, it's important to know what types of plants may be harmful to your cat and which are safe. In fact, some plants are extremely poisonous to cats, and others can cause them to become very ill.
  • Keeping your cat happy when you're not at home

    Keeping your cat happy when you're not at home

    As much as I'd love to spend my days cuddling and playing with my cat, necessity dictates that I must, on occasion, leave my apartment.
    As much as I'd love to spend my days cuddling and playing with my cat, necessity dictates that I must, on occasion, leave my apartment.

By Dorian Wagner
 
You love your cat, but you also love your furniture. Now, with minimal effort, it's relatively simple to live in harmony with your cat and enjoy scratch-free furniture.

The best way to prevent kitties from damaging your valuable furniture is to provide them with something valuable to them -- a fancy scratch post or board. Cats like durable objects with certain textures more than they like your new furniture. Give them a better scratch device and they'll choose it over your couch.

Cats need to climb and be animals. Make sure your home offers your cat opportunities to be the hunter it is. Does it have enough toys, ledges and climbing spots? Before you blame your cat for ruining your furniture, check to see that you have enough to entertain it.

If your cat is scratching a specific spot time and time again, try covering that area with a blanket or thick towel. If you limit access to the spot, your cat will likely back off. If your cat needs more guidance, try double-sided tape for a while. It's not pretty, but it does the job. Certain fabrics also deter cats from scratching. Microfiber is known to be scratch-resistant.

If your cat still wants to scratch, try a product called Soft Paws, which are nail caps for cats. These are vinyl caps that fit over your cat's claws to prevent scratching. As a bonus, they come in a variety of colors -- fashionable and functional!

Try not to punish your cat for scratching your new couch. Punishment may keep your cat from scratching while you're around, but it won't keep your cat from scratching when you're not around.

Finally, talk to your vet before you completely give up. Often, destructive behaviors lead people to give up their animals. There may be solutions that your vet can offer. Try all of your options before you throw in the towel. 

Copyright © 2012 Studio One Networks. All rights reserved.

*DISCLAIMER*: The information contained in or provided through this site section is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be and is not a substitute for professional advice. Use of this site section and any information contained on or provided through this site section is at your own risk and any information contained on or provided through this site section is provided on an "as is" basis without any representations or warranties.
Powered by WorldNow

25 FOX Drive
Dedham, MA 02026

Phone (781) 467-2525

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices