Cat sharpening claws on wooden deck railing

What can I do to prevent cat damage to a wooden deck railing? Ideally I would like to add something to cover the railing that is OK to scratch, rather than try to police the cat behavior.

  9 answers
  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Jan 17, 2018
    Remove claws.

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    • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Apr 30, 2021

      Sorry if you took offence.

  • Karin Taylor Karin Taylor on Jan 17, 2018
    Bind it with hemp like rope. Gives a nautical look and a cat scratch post at the same time.

    • C Steele C Steele on Jan 17, 2018
      I like this idea. I'll definitely give it a try -- thank you!

  • Sharon Sharon on Jan 17, 2018
    I would add some thick sisal rope onto the raiing and glue it on. I would use rubber cement, and you can get sisal usually at any hardware or home store.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 17, 2018
    Chicken wire around the post will put cat off.....

    • C Steele C Steele on Jan 17, 2018
      That was my first idea, but if the cat can't use the railing for claw sharpening, I'm afraid she'll find another outlet, like the outdoor furniture!

  • Peter Peter on Jan 17, 2018
    Faster than rope: wrap it with a carpet scrap turn upside-down... the cat would scratch the backing (not the pile). Wire-ties for fast attachment.

  • Jean Jean on Jan 18, 2018
    Wrap thick string around it and then the cat can scratch that.

  • Grandypink Grandypink on Jan 18, 2018
    Carpet sounds like the ideal solution. Sometimes you can get carpet samples from flooring stores for free.

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