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Anonymous asked in PetsCats · 1 decade ago

My pet cat wont stop scratching everything!?

I have a very young cat, maybe 9, 10 months old that is a very affectionate playful cat, however she will not stop scratching up the sides of chairs, ive tried spraying her with water, clipping her nails, put lemon essence on the chairs, ive starting smacking her butt when every she starts scratching it but her thinks its a game and attacks back... help!!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    You should never ever punish a cat in any way, they don't understand why and eventually just become nervous of you. Some people usually 'advise' yelling, squirting water, hitting, etc etc but they are wrong ! You've found out smacking her butt just makes her aggressive,she needs to scratch so you can't blame her. Scratching is natural for a cat, they need to do it for exercise to keep their leg,shoulder, and back muscles, healthy, so it's essential you have at least one good strong tall scratching post and some scratching pads around the house too.

    If she goes to scratch the chair don't say a word, simply lift her gently to a scratching post, when she uses it, praise her, using her name a lot.Cats are very intelligent and she will soon want to please you.

    Your cat is still very young,you only need a little bit of time and patience and your problem will be solved I'm sure.

    Source(s): retired vet nurse/cat rescue/35 years of well behaved cats
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    She's still a baby, and by this butt smacking you're encouraging her by making her think that when she scratches you will immediately be there and a game will start.

    Stop hitting her, which is what you are doing no matter how you disguise it, same goes for spraying her, it does no good and it'll make her flinch from you. Make sure she has a tall scratching post and a flat pad too. When she goes to scratch, pick her up, carry her to the scratching post, show her what you want her to do and praise her if she so much as touches it with her claws, make it a pleasure for her to use it by rubbing cat nip into it and by spending time with her around the post playing with toys and scratching at the post (you do it as well). Interact with her, don't let her become bored and above all give her loads and loads of praise and cuddles when she uses the post

    Ug

    Source(s): This seems like a good idea too http://catscratchguard.com/ it comes with a money back guarantee.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    When she starts to scratch something, pick her up and put her next to her scratching post/scratching rug. Take her paws and drag them across the post so that she gets the idea.

    If you don't even have a scratching post, there's your problem.

    If you do, but she's not using it, do what I said above and also use a little bit of catnip spray on it to see if she's attracted to the smell. Most kittens don't react to catnip, not until they're older. But it could work.

    DON'T SMACK. If you smack really light, she'll think you're trying to play with her. If you smack hard, she'll think you are attacking her and will become aggressive. You don't want an aggressive cat.

  • 1 decade ago

    NEVER physically reprimand your cat.

    Please don't declaw your cat...it's cruel and is basically cutting off half of their toes. It can also cause psychological and behavioral issues.

    Continue trimming her nails.

    Try softpaws and feliway.

    Get lots of cat trees/condos and cat scratching posts (spray or put some catnip on them).

    Train your cat to use them. Give them treats and praise them when they do scratch the scratching posts.

    Put double sided tape on things he is scratching that you don't want him to.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You should put a scratching post in the spot where she scratches the couch. Some of them have catnip in them which will make her even more willing to scratch on one of them instead of the couch

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Spray lemon or citrus scented spray on the furniture you don't want her to scratch. Or you could peel the rind off of a grapefruit, lemon, orange, lime, any kind of acidic fruit and place it on top or near the furniture. Most cats hate this smell.

    Don't use onion skins or garlic. It causes Anemia in cats.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Here's all you need to know to teach you and your cat about scratching post training

    http://www.catbegood.com/cat-basics/scratching-pos...

    Source(s): Auntym
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    does she have a scratching post?

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    that is so cute, I want that kind of cat.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    u nid 2 bring her in d veterinarian 2 know if she has abnormalities.. :D

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