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When your cat is scratching the furniture, it can be pretty annoying. Plus, if she ruins your furniture, it's going to cost you a lot of money.
That's why you may want to deter your cat by making a home remedy cat repellant spray. Once she starts scratching, you can spray her so that she learns not to do it anymore.
When making a spray, you just have to ensure that all the ingredients are safe and non-toxic to cats.
Safe home remedy sprays for cats
To make your spray, you can mix liquid hand soap and vinegar in equal parts, and then spray or wipe the areas where your cat is scratching. Another option is to mix rosemary extract and water in a spray bottle, or mix lemon juice, cranberry juice, orange juice, and rosemary extract with some water. Rather than spraying your cat, you can spray your furniture and see if it helps.
Buying a cat repellant online
If you don't have the time to make cat repellant at home, then you can always purchase cat repellant spray. Again, never spray these on your cat; spray them on the furniture instead.
One product that might be useful is SmartyKat Scratch Not Cat Spray, which can be used on surfaces like wood finishes, leather, vinyl, and microsuede, and it's made with all-natural ingredients like eucalyptus and lemon oil, which cats do not like. Before spraying this all over your furniture, test out a small area first to make sure it does not stain anything.
You could also try PetSafe SSSCAT Motion-Activated Dog & Cat Spray, a motion-activated spray that will keep your cat off of the furniture. It's harmless but startling and you can cover up to 3 feet with this stainless and odorless spray. You can also use it to keep your cat off the counter or out of other areas where they don't belong.
Other techniques for getting cats to stop scratching
Your cat may be scratching the furniture because she just wants something to scratch. If you get her a cat scratching post and cat toys, then she may be satisfied with those and turn to them for entertainment instead. A post should be tall and sturdy and made out of a material that your cat will actually want to scratch, such as wood, upholstery, carpeting, wood, and cardboard.
You can place the posts in places where your cat likes to hang out. Also, it's a good idea to put one next to her sleeping area so she can start scratching as soon as she wakes up. If you're having trouble introducing your cat to the scratching post, you can wave a wand toy over to it until she understands to start using it. Another option is to put a little bit of catnip on it, which she won't be able to resist.
You should make sure to clip your cat's nails regularly. If you catch her scratching furniture you can clap loudly and/or squirt her with a little bit of water so she learns to stop. You should only clap or squirt her if you've tried everything else. If you do this repeatedly, she could become scared of you and even more stressed out.
Should you declaw your cat?
Declawing a cat is not a good option because it is a very painful procedure for felines. It involves amputating the last digital bone, along with the nail bed and claw, on the front of each of your cat's toes. If you were to compare it to a human, it's like cutting off a finger at the last knuckle. Plus, it may not even solve any behavioral issues. Your cat may still be angry and aggressive after the procedure.
Why cats scratch furniture
Cats scratch furniture for a few reasons. They may be doing it to mark, since their paws have scent glands, and when they scratch things, it releases those odors and mark their territory. They are also maintaining the health of their claws since scratching helps cats shed the outside nail husks as needed. Cats use scratching to stretch the tendons and muscles in their toes, shoulders, and neck. They also do scratch furniture because it feels good to them. It relieves their anxiety and stress.
Getting a cat trainer
You can always hire a cat behaviorist if scratching posts and repellants don't work. They will be able to let you know what to do to ensure your cat stops scratching at the furniture.
A home remedy spray can be used to keep your cat from scratching the furniture. You can also buy a cat repellant spray, trim your cat's nails, buy scratching posts, and hire a cat trainer if worst comes to worst. Then, you will solve your issue and your cat will be happier, too.