Imagine a situation: you just made a good repair in an apartment or bought a new sofa, but your favorite fluffy pet comes running and starts scratching furniture and wallpaper with its sharp claws. What to do? Do not worry, we have for you seven of the most effective ways to help keep the interior safe and sound, and also wean the pet once and for all to spoil the situation. The main thing is that in no case do not scold or punish your pet for it, because to sharpen claws for cats is a natural need, an instinct.
1. To say sharply: "It is impossible!"
To begin with, try to influence psychologically. As soon as your cat decided to scratch furniture or walls, say “No!” Loudly and sharply. or "No!" You can even clap your hands or hiss, so that the cat immediately responded to the sharp sound and decided to do its own thing. If you are persistent and notice its intentions in time, you will not even need to use our other 6 ideas. If you missed the moment or the method did not work, read on.
2. Buy kogtetochku
Of course, the simplest solution to direct the natural need of a pet "to a peaceful course" is to acquire a scratching post. To teach your pet to scratch, first put it near the place where he is scratching furniture, and then gradually move the device to the right place. You can still take the cat by the paws and hold them along the scraper. If the cat correctly responded to your efforts and began to use the scraper to its intended purpose, be sure to praise it and encourage it.
Alternatively, you can make a claw with your own hands: for example, tightly wrap a plate with sisal rope or attach a small log in the interior.
3. Spray water
As soon as your cat has mastered the claw, start daring it from those places where you should not sharpen its claws. Absolutely painless scaring - splashing water from a spray bottle at the moment when it starts to scratch furniture. The cat will associate the discomfort with its actions and will cease to approach this place.
4. Scare away odors
If water does not help, try to distract the cat from furniture with unpleasant odors: it is known that cats do not tolerate the smells of citrus, vinegar, lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary and many others. Try to put a little lemon or eucalyptus essential oil on the furniture - this will not only distract the cat from your favorite sharpening spot, but also fill the house with a pleasant aroma.
5. Make sticky surfaces
It is also known that cats do not like sticky surfaces. And therefore another idea: you can stick on the "wrong place" double-sided tape. There is also a scotch tape that has a transparent base and will not be very noticeable on the interior details. Once your pet has withdrawn from this place, the tape can be removed.
6. Buy antitsarapki
If all else fails and the furry pet is still fighting for your surroundings, try a funny invention - anti-scratch. These are such small silicone caps that stick to the cat's claws. They hold onto claws finely until they grow back. Then they can be glued again. In this case, the cat can calmly scratch furniture, leaving no traces on it. Antitsarapki not only protect furniture from cat claws, but also look funny - almost a manicure!
7. Shorn claws
If you want to permanently rid your cat of the need to sharpen claws, you can trim them. Usually they are sheared at a certain angle with the help of special nippers. To accidentally harm the cat, this procedure should be carried out by a specialist - a veterinarian.