OK… whose sofa is a shredded mess? Who has a patch of carpet that’s threadbare and sad? Whose curtains are in shreds?
Seriously, does your cat scratch the furniture?
Web MD has some good tips for this common behavioural issue (it’s not a problem for cats, let’s be clear – it’s one of their behavioural needs). But as WebMD outlines, you can convince your cat to stop destroying the house. You just need to:
Buy one or more scratching posts for your cat, then dab a bit of catnip on the posts to entice your feline friend to use them.
Trim your kitty’s claws. It may seem daunting, but trimming is easier than you think. Get a quick tutorial from your veterinarian, who can probably do the deed in 10 seconds — a skill that can be learned.
Turn your cat into a fashion plate with colorful claw caps (also called nail caps). These small, vinyl sleeves fit over kitty’s claws, preventing them from doing damage when they scratch.
Great video over the page too, from Jackson Galaxy… with information that extends the above points, and some demonstrations. Go ahead and check it out, on the next page.