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Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by max2, Dec 7, 2016.
No I am not getting rid of them or declawing them.
What would be some ways ?
Buy or build a carpeted scratching post. that helps. Better yet find a cat tree (carpeted)
Thanks would a chair cover help at night when the chair is not in use? Like for example a patio chair cover?
The only way to totally protect it is by putting it in room where a cat cannot get into but that is worth try. BTW if you keep the cats claws trimmed it will cut down on the damage they can do.
I trim my cats claws and cover our leather furniture with throws. Works for the most part. Scratches are just a part of life with cats.
Put a dog in the chair
Thanks everyone. What about this would it help ? https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BBAOIII/?ie=UTF8&psc=1#
Well, it would be kinda hard to sit on with the cover. And most cats would crawl under it and get in it anyway. Covers like these would be of more use but, again, cats love to get under stuff. A nice tight fit on the chair will be of more use.
This is true but if I can tie it down and they can't get under it this may work.
You're welcome, from a longtime cat owner:
Thanks but I feel to bad doing that to cats.
I got a good cat tree 11 years ago and it turned out to be an excellent investment in regards to saving furniture. Carpeted is good, but roped bases are the gold standard and last longer. I've had to re-rope three of the base posts once (the fourth is in a corner and doesn't get used), but it's still in great shape and the carpeted type would have needed to be replaced by now.
Put the chair in the shower. If the cats figure out how to open the door, leave the water running.
You could try shutting the door to that room!!
My cats don't claw the furniture. They simply leave massive deposits of fur everywhere they go. I use throws on all my furniture. I can change them out quickly to wash, or remove them completely when company comes.
Place a tall Cat Condo near the chair. Lure them to it multiple times with cat nip (as a joke you can get the Meowijuana brand). So they get used to it and scratching it. It needs to be tall so it becomes their favorite place. Cats like to be up high and above the action. Perhaps add a Heated Cat Bed. Making it irresistible. The only place they like more than a high place is a warm high place.
If the cats are more important than the chair, simply get a non-upholstered chair.
I had the same problem with my cats. It is in their nature. To solve the problem, I replaced the chair with something that isn't made of something they would like to poke their claws. Cats really like to poke their claws into certain types of material so keep something in the house for them. Cats love clawing things and it makes them happy. When the cats are happy, you will be happy.
I had one of those back in the 80s and had 3 cats, and they loved it. The tree had a box in the middle where they could get in and nap. never a problem with furniture.
Things I've tried with varying success:
Clear packing tape laid sticky-side-up (nasty surprise for kitty)
Crumpled sheets of aluminum foil (unpleasant to walk on)
Chair mat for carpets, prickly side up (really unpleasant)
Scat-Mats (works great on counters, and floors - just be aware if walking in your stockings across it - just like a static zap)
#1 Rule is consistency - chair / counter / kitchen is ALWAYS no fun
#2 Rule - cats don't understand punishment - they just think you don't like them and wonder why you are being mean... instead, let them come to their own conclusion that something or some area is not a pleasant place to be.
So... either make the surface/object unappealing (100% of the time if possible), and/or provide something better.
Also - another vote for Soft-Claws / Kitty Caps... if your kitty is accustomed to your handling paws and clipping claws, you can get them used to applying caps. My method is stay one step ahead of the cat and give lots of reward / petting after.
We train our cats what is and is not acceptable to scratch. It takes time and dedication, but once learned, it is effective for the rest of the cats life. Method:
Initially, make sure there is a good scratching post in every room with a vulnerable item. Make sure the scratching posts are attractive destinations with catnip or treats at them.
Every time they scratch the wrong thing, pick up the cat and place him on the scratching post.
Every time they scratch the right thing, provide a treat.
Once they have figured things out, you don't need a scratching post in every single room. You can just keep one in the house and they will go there. You can also eventually stop doing #3 over time.
Recent studies show that negative reinforcement slows down learning time, so I don't suggest negative reinforcement for #2. Just stick to positive reinforcement in #3.
We have used a water pistol, mostly successfully, with one cat who is a very slow learner. She does not like getting sprayed, but does not hold a grudge, and rarely starts to scratch the chairs. If she looks in position to scratch, and then I show her the water pistol, she changes her plans.
This seems a humane bit of behavioral conditioning. Our smarter cat stopped scratching chairs after one squirt. And using the water pistol calms me down, too.
We also have one small or big scratcher in every room, and when I sometimes pick up the slow cat when she is about to scratcher, and take her to a scratcher. Not sure if that has a long lasting effect, but most of time she does scratch.
Thank you for not having your cat declawed.
Double-sided tape. They sell rolls specifically for cats. Once the cat touches the tape, he/she will never touch that area again. We have managed to get our cat to lose interest in all of our furniture, but if she ever touches the couch again, we put a piece of tape there.