I have two-9 month old kittens(brother and sister from the same litter). Both like to scratch of the furniture but are not interested at all in scratching posts. What is the best ways to get them to stop this?
on Nov 13th 2010
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try covering your scratching posts with the same material as the furniture and add a little cat nip place near the furniture they are scratching the most if they start using the posts then gradualy move the posts further away. however you may have to accept some cats just will not use scratching posts i had one who after a nasty incident was absolutely terrified of scratching posts and i used to use it like some people would use pebble bottles to stop him jumping on counters etc! good luck anyone got any more ideas?
gracie tatanka answered on 11/13/10. Helpful? / 0
You'll need to work with them. What kind of scratchers do they have? Linus hates sisal and ignores the (expensive) post and cat tree, but loves (cheap) cardboard scratchers. Oliver and Rider love sisal though. Some cats prefer to scratch vertically vs horizantally (or vise versa). My point is - offer several acceptible scratching options and see what they like. Catnip sprays are available which can make scratchers more appealing. Also, Soft Paws nail caps are available and will prevent damage to your furniture. Keeping the nails trimmed will also help while you work with them. If they scratch your furniture say "NO!" loudly and take them to their scratcher. Eventually, they will get the idea.
Linus (Dreamboat #72a) answered on 11/14/10. Helpful? / 0