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Stop Your Cat’s Furniture-Shredding Habit
July 1, 2015

Your orange tabby Milo has mischief down to a science. Since your four-year-old feline companion was a kitten, his rambunctious antics have repeatedly gotten him into trouble. When he climbed your new curtains, you overlooked it. When he knocked everything off the kitchen counters, you chalked it up to feline curiosity. However, you can’t ignore your obnoxious housemate’s latest behavior. For two days, he has been systematically shredding your living room set. He alternates between your couch, loveseat, and matching chairs. Although digging strengthens his claws and paw muscles, he should choose another target. Tomorrow, your feline delinquent will visit your Mt. Pocono, PA vet for a physical exam and behavioral counseling.

Duller Daggers, Less Damage

By making Milo’s claws less effective, your furniture probably won’t suffer as much damage. During your cat’s next physical checkup, ask the vet to clip his daggers. If you think your feline destruction machine will demolish the house before then, schedule a short nail-trimming appointment now.

Unpleasant Scratching Experience

By giving Milo the worst scratching experience he’s ever had, he might think twice about repeating it. Blanket his current targets with harsh sandpaper or clingy plastic wrap. When the abrasive sandpaper roughs up his paws, or the sticky plastic traps his feet, he’ll likely beat a hasty retreat to another room. Since he could return, keep the covers in place until you’re positive he has found another occupation.

Desirable Scratching Surfaces

Refocus your determined cat by providing a more acceptable scratching destination with a similar texture. Place a carpeted or sisal-covered scratching post next to his current target. If he has stopped destroying the upholstery, and has switched to the furniture frames or legs, position an aromatic cedar post near those objects.

Ban the Punishment

Although you’re tempted to punish Milo for his antics, he won’t realize the error of his ways. Worse yet, he’ll expect the same treatment each time you approach him. Also, your focused feline housemate might be biding his time, waiting until you leave to resume his favorite activity.

To keep clever Milo from becoming bored, periodically add new scratching surfaces. Ask your Mt. Pocono, PA vet if sprinkling the objects with catnip, or an enticing feline pheromone, will convince your feline to forget the furniture. If your cat seems fixated on destroying your house, contact us for expert advice.