Asked on Feb 9, 2019

How do I prevent my cat scratching the sofas?

SharonCheryl AKen Erickson


My sofas are damaged from the cat scratching them especially the sides. I have bought several scratch boards/poles but still scratches the sofas. Please advise. Thanks

9 answers
  • FastCrash45
    on Feb 9, 2019

    Try tabbing a bit of peppermint oil at the scratching areas. A LITTLE goes a long ways. They don't like the strong smell. They can smell it long after you can't. They usually will try to avoid that area then and then you can stop using it.

  • Landsharkinnc
    on Feb 9, 2019 also, keep your cat's nails trimmed regularly; and provide them with items that are the right texture and angle for scratching. A natural piece of wood with the bark on it, a 1" x 4" board ( maybe 24" long, wrapped with sisal rope and placed at an angle ...

    Please don't declaw your cat ...

    • Rahma
      on Feb 9, 2019

      Thanks for the lovely ideas with cat daddy. I started following him for more tips

  • Cheryl A
    Cheryl A
    on Feb 9, 2019

    keep their claws trimmed and I use a spray bottle with water in it and when I catch them I squirt them they hate it -

    • Rahma
      on Feb 10, 2019

      Thanks, I do that when I’m home but she gets the sofa when I’m at work. She runs when she sees the spray bottle

  • Kim
    on Feb 10, 2019

    I just read about this very thing. Vicks Vapor Rub is an apparent deterrent for this very thing. Found it on Utube look it up. It was all the things you never thought to use Vicks for. Mesquito repellent flies,etc. Good luck.

  • Paige
    on Jul 11, 2020

    Sorry for chiming in to this thread so late, but I just had to share this in case it helps someone out. I wish I had gotten this advice years ago as a cat owner.

    My best advice?

    Give the book " Ultimate Cat Secrets" a read.

    It really is the only long-term solution to discipline your cat, OP.

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    • Em
      on Dec 16, 2020

      I have had cats my entire life and never knew one that WANTED to obey anybody.

  • Tin49778050
    on Oct 23, 2020

    Hi there, I personally found this Practical Guide to Cat Scratching extremely helpful -

    It's literally got tons of tips and info in it.

  • Ken Erickson
    Ken Erickson
    on Dec 16, 2020

    Declaw the cat.

  • Cheryl A
    Cheryl A
    on Dec 16, 2020

    old posts popping up again

  • Sharon
    on Feb 9, 2021

    To break my cats of the habit, I used some clear contact paper and some quilting pins to adhere a panel on each sides and the front panels..... the cats didn't seem to enjoy the slippery feel when they tried to scratch. Then I added some cat nip to their scratching posts and boards and they switched over to them for their scratching needs.

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