Scratch this, not that.
It can be incredibly frustrating when your cat scratches something that you do not want them to. As much as you value those items for your own reasons, there is something about them that your kitty values as well. By looking at your cat’s targets critically, we can strategically offer alternatives.
Explore the room below to learn more about what makes these items so satisfying to scratch. Offer scratching opportunities that satisfy your cat’s wishlist, then use their motivations to ensure that the new options outcompete old targets.
Chair and Table Legs
Carpet and rugs
Finding the right substitute can be challenging, but there are many feline behavior professionals who are more than happy to help you get started. In-home and remote behavior consultations are great options for assessing targets and finding the right solutions for your home environment. Find a certified cat behavior consultant near you or contact us for details on remote consultation services.
Help I’ve got kittehs! by sleepingcatbeads via Flickr
Cat tree by christinehawks via Flickr
Funny boys by lisazins via Flickr
DSC_0078 by twobears2 via Flickr
Chair leg photos:
Blue tackles a chair leg by polandeze via Flickr
‘♥I Love My Scratching Post♥’ by bigshock via Flickr
Gretsch and chairs by anthonychodor via Flickr
004 by 29638108@N06 via Flickr
Unpredictable by lisazins via Flickr
P1017392 by stanguy via Flickr
Curious cats by dordrecht-holland via Flickr
Cat shelf by kentwang via Flickr
Old friends by shaondiwakar via Flickr
Background photo FAMILY ROOM PAINTING FINISHED by websterwebfoot via Flickr.