Duller Claws for Reduced Damage
First, make Rudy’s claws duller so he can’t inflict as much damage on your furniture. Ask your vet to trim Rudy’s little razors during your cat’s next regular checkup. If you (and your furniture) can’t wait until then, your vet’s staff can schedule a quick nail-trimming session.
Unpleasant Scratching Experience
Rudy scratches your furniture because he thoroughly enjoys it. Make the experience less pleasant by covering your couch and chairs with sandpaper or plastic wrap. When Rudy’s sensitive little claws get scraped by the abrasive sandpaper, or get stuck in the plastic wrap, he’ll likely back away quickly and have second thoughts about returning for another round of scratching.
Divert Your Scratching-Obsessed Cat
To keep Rudy away from the furniture, give your busy cat a similarly textured surface that’s more acceptable. Position a carpeted or sisal-covered scratching post right next to the affected couch or chair. If Rudy has been working on the furniture legs, distract him with a nearby cedar scratching post.
Don’t Punish Your Delinquent Cat
Although you’d like to punish Rudy for his completely unacceptable antics, he won’t understand what he did wrong. He’ll also assume that he’ll be punished every time you interact with him. When you look at the situation logically, punishing Rudy won’t solve the problem. He’ll just wait until you leave the house to crank up his furniture shredding activities.
If Rudy gets bored with his new scratching surfaces, he’ll be tempted to backslide into his previous undesirable behaviour. Keep him entertained by adding a new scratching surface when he least expects it. Also, ask your Welland vet if sprinkling catnip on Rudy’s new scratching surfaces, or spraying them with an enticing feline pheromone, will make those new objects so appealing that Rudy just can’t help himself.