|Purred: Wed Jun 26, '13 5:19am PST |
|THey can learn what a sharp NO, followed by a loud clap of your hands means. I managed to teach my kitten Stephano that he is not allowed to claw the couch, I would just catch him in the act and give the loud NO and scare him away. I have two cardboard scratchers which he likes and two cat trees. He gets praise and petted when he uses his scratchers, he gets yelled at and chased off when he scratches where he is not supposed to. He has learned. Also, it helps that when we are not at home, he is put up in his room, party because I have a doberman, who is fine with him, but I don't take any chances that he might aggravate the crap out of her and she might snap at him...which she never has. But by him being up, he is not allowed to have a claw fest and get into trouble while I'm not there. I think that is the key, being around them, especially in the beginning as much as possible, so you can catch them in the act before it becomes habit. This has worked for both of my male cats, neither one of them scratch the furniture. Now they will go rip roaring across the house chasing each other and fly across the couch and you hear those claws go into it, but they are not going up to it and scratching it, so we do see a few little snags on my supposedly cat proof microfiber suede couch, but in general, it's not bad at all.
Does he have a nice cat tree? There is one on sale at Wayfair right...actually two, I believe, for $38! And it is a nice size, it is Armarkat, and I have one almost identical to it that I paid $90 for and that was a deal. That has saved my life, my kitten LOVES this thing! He runs up and down it all day, scratches on it, he gets so much exercise running up and down this thing. I highly recommend one of those if you don't have one. $38....with free shipping!! Wearing him out will def help him calm down a bit
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