Why Do Cats Scratch Furniture?
1. Instinct and Territorial Marking
Because cats are highly territorial, they like to mark objects with their scent using their paws. Regular clawing helps them keep their claws sharp and removes the dead outer layers. When your cat claws a piece of furniture, its scent will continue to lure it back.
2. Need for Attention
You may find that your cat’s favorite pieces of furniture to scratch are where they can find you. For example, our cats only scratch the side of our bed if they want us to get up and feed them.
How to Stop Cats from Scratching Furniture
Training your cat to stop destructive scratching will take time and patience. Although it is best to train your cat as a kitten, it is possible to train adult cats, too.
To stop the habit of scratching furniture, you will need to use a combination of the following methods:
Redirection and Verbal Commands
When you see your cat scratching furniture, redirect them to scratch on an approved surface. If your cat responds to catnip, you can rub or spray catnip on the surface.
Screaming at your cat will only cause stress and confusion. A firm “no” is sufficient. Some cats will also respond to a spray bottle with water. However, this method is only for extreme cases where your cat is not responding to other options.
When you see that your cat is using the approved surface, pet them and use a happy tone of voice.
Offer Approved Surfaces for Sharpening Claws
To stop your cat from scratching furniture, you should introduce scratching posts and multiple choices of scratchers. Especially in multi-cat households, it is best to provide one scratching post per cat.
Products That Help Stop Cats from Scratching Furniture
Sisal Rope Scratching Posts
Sisal and Carpet Scratching Posts
Frisco Wall Sisal Cat Scratcher
This sisal cat scratcher can be hung on a wall, propped against furniture, or placed flat on the floor. It folds so that it can wrap around a wall corner or couch. It includes adhesive hooks or the option to mount using screws. Based on the reviews, though, the adhesive loops will likely not hold.