There are some reasons why cats scratch something. As we all know, a cat scratches certain objects to sharpen his claws. But it is only the second reason. The main reason is, for communication. A cat wants other people to know where he is and what he does.
Cats (both males and female) leave unique scent when they scratch something. It may be also a kind of warning to another cat.
Train your cat to use scratching post
Put some scratching posts in the different area of your house, especially in area where cats like to play and rest. If needed, you can also make this stuff for him in home. Show him how to use the scratching post and give him reward when he scratches it.
Many cats like to scratch certain objects such as carpet and furniture. It’s hard to stop this behaviour. As explained above, cats leave their personal scent signature. Due to this reason, he will scratch the same object repeatedly.
How to stop cat scratching everywhere:
*Cover the damaged area with plastic or locate a scratching post near the damaged scratching area.
*Cats hate orange or lemon scent, so cover the damaged area with that scent.
*Take cat to the veterinarian if your cat still doesn’t stop scratching outside his scratching post.
*Never punish your cat. You can make his behaviour problem worse.
*Declawing should be the last step to stop this behaviour. However, it can be considered as amputation and can give harmful effect to your cat.
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