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How To Stop Your Cat Scratching The Furniture

A pet and animal expert uses his know-how to give advice on how to stop your cat scratching the furniture.

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"Because cats are nomadic by nature, if you don't give them new things to scratch on, they'll scratch on the things that are already there."

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Christopher Furlong Bruce Bennett Scott Barbour Orlando David Paul Morris
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Cats need to scratch for several reasons, first of all, it's a way of alleviating stress. Second of all, it helps keep their nails trim, and third of all, cats have scent glands on the bottom of their feet. So here's what I'm thinking, okay? What we focused on was correcting the cat by the balloons, and in some cases that will work wonders. But sometimes we just need to distract the cat. So in your case, what I would be doing, is continue using that, but I would be going to the supermarket, and I would get cardboard boxes, one that smells like lettuce, one that smells like fish, put one on top of the other, cut holes in them, glue carpet to them, boxes are free, you can change them every single day. Get some strips of carpeting and glue them to the cardboard box with the backside of the carpet up, the nappy side out, that will keep his paws nice and trim. And if you consistently, because cats are nomadic by nature, if you don't give them new things to scratch on, they'll scratch on the things that are already there. So I think if we start introducing the cardboard boxes, you can change them every day as I said they're free or paper bags, just make sure you cut the handles off of them, I think we'll distract him from the furniture.