Need tiips on stopping a cat from clawing indoors?

@Bee1955 (3884)
United States
January 12, 2007 12:08pm CST
I've bought the special smelly liquids, using harsh words. the rolled up newspaper tap on the butt, and slip covers but she wont stop! I have a acratching post, a scratching floor toy, several toys yet nada, right over to the chair! Beyond declawing - any homemade remedies?
8 responses
@emeraldisle (13139)
• United States
13 Jan 07
All I have to say is good luck. We have several cats and they all scratch things. We tried the sprays, they worked for a day that was about it. We had the scratching post that goes on the floor (wood with the heavy twine wrapped around it) and that they did use at least some of the time until it wore out. you can try in the spray bottle of water putting a small amount of vingar to it. Not much mind you. About a teaspoon to a tablespoon worth depending on the size of the spray bottle. This is just enough to make them smell it but not enough to hurt. They won't like the smell and will run from it. Other then that, I'm out of options because nothing works with our cats.
@calico79 (173)
• United States
12 Jan 07
Hmmm. Have you tried a spray bottle filled with water? It usually works with my cats. They didnt like that too much. Now when they go to scratch all we have to do is pick up the bottle and point it at them....they know what that means. Also if you dont have one already...there is a toy you can get...it is made of cardboard...the cats like to scratch it and sleep on it. Its best also if you put catnip on places that YOU want them to scratch on, like their toys etc.
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@Bee1955 (3884)
• United States
13 Jan 07
Yes, tried the water, the cardboard. but will try the catnip. Who knows?
@sedel1027 (17850)
• United States
15 Jan 07
You can make a tea out of the catnip and use a spray bottle on the plush toys and scratching posts. I did this when my cats climbing tree wasn't doing the trick for them anymore and it worked perfectly.
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@angeliq (82)
• Romania
23 Jan 07
The best solution tht it's working 4 my cat ( a persian)is : in a bottle with wather put a generous amount of black pepper and spray where u don't want ur cat to stay,climbe,or eaven do "theyr dirty jobs".So 4 me is working perfectly.I hope it will help u 2.Good luck!
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@scitrus (131)
• United States
15 Jan 07
It's not homemade but I second the SoftPaws. I just ordered some for our little hellion and I'm going to give it a try on her. I'm sure the vet would apply them during a standard visit, or charge a minimal amount for a visit specially to trim her nails and put on the SoftPaws. They last 4-6 weeks, if I'm not mistaken. Get yourself some medium tape, duct tape perhaps. Make loops of it and put it all over where she'll claw it. Cats hate the sticky feeling on their feet. Bonus points if you make a few of the loops stick very lightly so that it'll come off on her foot. I periodically break the furbabies out of jumping on a certain surface by taping it. Good luck!
@JeannaUO (12)
• United States
15 Jan 07
SoftPaws is probably your ideal option; kitty can scratch but won't do any damage, and it only takes a few minutes of your time every few months. However, you asked for homemade, so here goes! Part of the problem is probably that she has toys and scratching post, but doesn't know that THAT is where she's supposed to scratch! Having something and knowing how/when to use it are two different things. Here are some ideas for teaching her. 1) Keep the cat's claws trimmed! Even if your cat flips out when you trim them, after a few times she'll learn. 2) I've heard, but not tested, that cats avoid areas which have been sprayed with spray-on deodorant. Worth a shot? 3) Hang aluminum foil on the back of the couch, chair, etc for a week or however long it takes her to learn. It's not pretty, but she won't scratch it. Plastic also works (you can buy at the pet store or use the things you put under your office chair). 4) If it's a small area she scratches, put doublesided sticky tape on it. She won't scratch that either. Put it on some cling wrap if you want to avoid tape residue on the furniture. Again -- not pretty, but effective learning tool. 5) Spray bottle of water, of course, I'm sure you've tried. I wouldn't use vinegar or lemon, because they can irritate the eyes. I'm sure you want to teach her, not hurt her. 6) Fill a metal can with coins and shake it loudly when she's scratching where she shouldn't. 7) Most cats are attracted to catnip. Put catnip where she SHOULD scratch. You can get catnip scented spraybottle to spray the scratching post too. 8) Put a 'kitty condo' in a brightly sunlit spot, near a window. Put catnip on it. The more time she spends napping there, the less time she spends scratching your furniture! 9) Whenever she scratches where she's supposed to, praise her. Give her a small treat EVERY time you see her use it. 10) Remember, cats (and most other pets) only connect praise/punishment if it occurs within two seconds of their action. Punish only WHILE she's scratching, don't even tell her no if she's already done, she won't understand. Treat immediately when she scratches in a good place. Good luck!
• United States
15 Jan 07
My cat is a stay in the house cat so we put the Soft Paws on her. We can't put them on the other one because he goes outside and wouldn't be able to protect himself. These are little plastic covers that fit (glue onto) the cats claws. They come in several different colors and we got them at Pet Smart. I think they also have a website. It's only $20 for 4 applications so that is about a years worth. She still "claws" on stuff but it just slides off without causing any harm. And the soft paws don't hurt them at all. It's like gluing the false finger nails over ours. Good luck.
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@melanie652 (2525)
• United States
15 Jan 07
Nothing I know of that will work if she's that set on using your chair. We've tried everything like you have. The scratching posts, sprays, toys, etc., but in the long run nothing worked. Even if we could get the cats not to sharpen their claws on the couch, they would do it when we weren't there. Luckily, most of our cats don't sharpen their claws on the furniture. We had 2 cats that did. Putting them outside was not an option. They were strictly housecats. We ended up getting their front paws declawed. It's not a nice thing to do and painful for them, but they've adjusted. We got tired of having our things torn up that we worked very hard to get. We're glad we got it done and they've adapted just fine to not having claws.
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@Calais (10898)
• Australia
14 Jan 07
Try a spray bottle with water add some vinegar or lemon juice, you have to catch them whilst in the act, spray towards face, they absolutely hate the smaell but it will not hurt them.
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