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Stop Your Cat from Destroying the Furniture

Your Siamese cat Silky has gone into the furniture deconstruction business. Yes, Silky has been methodically dismantling your living room furniture. Silky began with your upholstered couch, shredding the cover beyond repair and currently working on the stuffing. When Silky gets bored with the couch, she switches to the end table legs, chewing them into small wooden bits. You know cats often scratch to strengthen their paw muscles and trim their claws, but the cat instruction book didn’t say they used their owner’s furniture. Since Silky’s unacceptable behavior must stop, sweet little Silky will soon attend a behavioral counseling session with her Temecula veterinarian.

Unpleasant Scratching Experience

Silky likes your upholstered couch’s texture, and she enjoys sinking her sharp little claws into it. Although the couch is a lost cause, perhaps you can save the wing chairs by placing plastic wrap or sandpaper on top of the fabric. Silky’s touch-sensitive little paws will likely rebel at touching these sticky or abrasive surfaces, which is exactly what you wanted.

Different Scratching Destinations

Now let’s give Silky something more acceptable to scratch, like an object with a similar texture. Place a carpeted or sisal-covered scratching post next to the piece of furniture that’s Silky’s current target. If she’s focused on the dining room table legs, confuse her with a nice-smelling cedar scratching post that resembles the table legs.

Make Your Cat’s Claws Less Effective

Regardless of how your strategies turn out, dulling Silky’s claws means she can’t do as much damage to your furniture. Your vet can quickly trim your little digger’s claws during her next physical exam. If you’d like Silky’s claws trimmed before that, your vet can easily fit that brief service into his schedule.

Punishment Is Not an Option

Even though you’d like to punish your little delinquent, Silky won’t realize what she did wrong, and she might assume she’ll get that treatment each time she interacts with you. And realistically, it won’t change Silky’s behavior, as she’ll probably resume scratching when you’re not home.

Just for good measure, periodically add some different scratching surfaces that might get Silky’s attention. Ask your Temecula vet if sprinkling catnip or spraying a feline pheromone on the surfaces will make them even more irresistible.

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