How to Stop Your Cat from Clawing the Furniture

cat scratcher

Do you have a cat that just won’t stop ruining your precious furniture with her or his constant scratching? If so here is an article that you shouldn’t miss. We will explain all of the safe options that you can do to help deter your four-legged friend from tearing up your woods and upholstery.

Scratching and clawing at things is normal behavior for cats and with tempting upholstery and wooden furniture, it’s every cats dream; unless you train them properly. There are many different tricks of the trade and Wellesley Animal Hospital has been nice enough to share with us today.

No matter how well domesticated your cat is, they still hold their natural instincts. You are not going to be able to make them stop scratching and, in fact, this isn’t healthy and can cause depression if you try to stop them from doing it every time. With this said, you need to supply them with a place to scratch and properly deter them from whatever they are currently scratching.

cat scratching poleThe first thing you must do is to either buy or create a sturdy scratching post or box. If it is shakey, then your cat may dislike it and discontinue to use it. Make sure that it holds enough weight or that it is secured in safely. It is also important that its height is also to the liking of your feline friend because many cats like to vertically stretch. If it is too short they may resort to something else. There are other horizontally scratching cats that enjoy a flat scratching pad. There are many D.I.Y. scratching pads that are suggested by many veterinarians as well. Since cats love cardboard, you can roll up  2-inch strips until you create an appropriate clawing pad. Many animal hospitals and veterinary clinics may also have examples in their facilities.

When you have the appropriate scratching surface established, it’s then time to stop your cat from clawing at the targeted surfaces. In some cases, you can use double-sided tape or attach aluminum foil. We are trying to create a textured surface that they don’t like. If your cat begins to scratch, don’t yell. Instead, clap your hands or slap a wall then carry them to the clawing post for enjoyment.

You can also use the water bottle technique. When your pet begins scratching, spray her from a distance and try to stay out of sight. You don’t want her/him to associate the punishment with you.

There are some cases where they dislike the scent of certain things like Fabreeze or citrus scents.  Also, make sure to enhance their experience at the new scratching post with a little catnip. They love that stuff! Veterinarian Approved!

There are caps that you can put on their claws to dull the scratch, but they cost around ten to fifteen bucks and they last around 4-6 weeks. The choice is yours….but remember.

Don’t ever de-claw your cat or kitten. It’s cruel and inhumane. In some places, even illegal. Talk to your local Short Pump Animal Hospital to find out more about this terrible practice.

Once you learn that this is a natural process for cats and begin to understand its primal purpose, then you will be right on your way in training them to stay off your stuff!

Treat your lawn like a king

Direct Line week 8A verdant lawn will be the envy of all your friends, whether they are taking a stroll in your neighborhood or in town for a visit. Treat your lawn like a part of your family yearlong to keep your grass greener than the other side of the fence.

Give your green a haircut. Keeping your grass low to the ground makes it easier for you to walk on and appealing to the eye. Investing in a high quality, long-lasting lawn mower can go a long way to keeping your lawn in good condition. Make sure the blades are in good condition

Mow regularly. Mowing once a week (or twice a week if you have a true high quality lawn) works best to keep it in tip top condition. For review, mow the outside edges and work your way inward in straight lines. If you want to mix it up, try mowing diagonally to keep your neighbors looking back.

Spot cleaning is also important to the look of your grass. It seems obvious, but pick up any trash you see and pick up after the kids so you can sleep easy at night knowing your grass as stress-free. Invest in good supplies to keep the weeds at bay to protect your perfect grass. No matter what you do or how often you feed your grass, weeds will come in and ruin your lush lawn as lawns get older.

Overseeding is the fastest and most inexpensive way to introduce new grass to any lawn. It will bring your grass back to its healthy self without tearing out the green and starting over. It’s also a great way to introduce a new type of grass to stand out from the pack. It’s best to reseed your grass later in the year, especially if you live in the north. There will be fewer weeds for your new grass to compete against.

While you are investing, don’t let the dog spoil your fun with his fun. Teach your pup not to dig holes in your lawn and ruin all your hard work or to let presents put a damper on the green. A company like Doody Calls pooper scoopers can ensure your lawn stays in pristine condition while you let it roam at its own leisure. If you still feel your pup is harming your lawn, consider switching up its diet and have it drink more water.

Make sure it is well-fed. The best lawns can stand heat, cold, droughts, foot traffic and other life stressors. Try and fertilize it at least once a year, if not twice a year to keep your grass green and healthy. It will not only improve its appearance, but make sure your grass lasts for years to come.

All lawns will need a bit of fertilizer in early spring when the grass begins to recover from the winter months and green up. While the rest of your fertilization schedule depends on the type of grass you grow and the upkeep of your lawn, it’s best to follow the instructions on the bag for the fertilizer you choose to invest in.

With a society that’s so concerned with where water is going, it is vital to make sure you water your grass efficiently. Generally, keeping your lawn well-fed will condition your grass to be able to conserve water effectively. Mother Nature will also ensure that the grass stays well fed. Rely on rain as much as possible, but if times are looking sunny, it may be time to break out the sprinkler.