My Cat Has Been Shredding the Furniture

Your fashionable cat Venus insists on the best of everything. Venus demands a high-end cat food, a rhinestone-studded collar, and a designer-inspired cat bed. Venus has even bullied your Labrador retriever Jake, making him wait until she’s finished eating before he can scarf down his food. Venus also appreciates your nice upholstered furniture, and she shows her thanks by sinking her sharp little claws and teeth into your couch and matching wing chairs. Although regular scratching helps Venus to strengthen her paw muscles and trim her claws, you’re not pleased with her choice of scratching surfaces. You’ve asked your Colorado Springs veterinarian to stop Venus’ destructive scratching behavior now. Read more about some other strategies that might work.

Unappealing Scratching Surfaces

Your upholstered furniture makes an excellent scratching surface for Venus. However, she’ll be surprised, and likely repulsed, if you cover the furniture with sandpaper or plastic wrap. When Venus’ sensitive little paws hit the abrasive sandpaper, or get caught in the sticky plastic wrap, she’ll realize she made a huge mistake.

Better Scratching Destination

Once you’ve discouraged Venus from attacking your furniture, give her another similarly textured surface to scratch. Place a carpeted or sisal-covered scratching post next to the couch or wing chair. If Venus is currently gnawing on the furniture’s legs, position a pleasant-smelling cedar scratching post next to the forbidden object.

Duller Claws for Less Damage

Of course, you can always trim Venus’ sharp little claws so she can’t wreak as much havoc on your furniture. Your vet can easily clip Venus’ claws during her next physical exam. If you need Venus’ claws trimmed sooner, like immediately, your vet’s staff can schedule a brief nail-trimming session.

No Punishment for Your Wayward Cat

While you think Venus deserves a super-long time-out for her behavior, she won’t understand why she received the punishment. Even worse, Venus will assume she’ll receive the same treatment every time she encounters you. And realistically, your punishment won’t impact Venus’ behavior; she’ll just wait until you leave to work on the furniture.

Keep Venus guessing by adding some new scratching surfaces to your busy cat’s collection. Ask your Colorado Springs vet if sprinkling catnip on the objects, or spritzing them with a feline pheromone, will make Venus’ new scratching surfaces completely irresistible.

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