The REAL Reason Your Cat Scratches Furniture
You love your kitty, but your furry friend may seem to have it out for your sofa or the piece of furniture that you just love. The real reason your cat scratches your furniture might surprise you. And, thanks to vets and cat behaviorists, we’ve got the details that may help you better understand your feline.
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Ok, so it’s not a cute kitty emoji or text to your cell, but your cat is likely trying to send a message. It’s likely a territorial issue that lets other animals know this is their territory. It’s a visual that says, MINE. In addition to the display, cat paws have scent glands that are warning to animals other senses. Think of it as a scratch and sniff that marks their spot.
Cats can also be tearing up your favorite couch to removed their nail tips. It will encourage new nail growth and let them knead. Cats love to knead as a comfort and relief from that stressful day of being curled up in their favorite sun spot.
Perhaps your kitty is attacking the arm of your leather sofa because of stress. Scratching can be an emotional release whether it be from anxiety or excitement. This reason might be more obvious than you think. If you notice your cat scratches when you get home – exited or a new cat or person is around – anxiety, you could narrow down the real reason your cat is scratching up the furniture.
A scratching post is the most obvious answer, but you might find your kitty snubs it in favor of your expensive furniture. Make sure you use a post that allows your cat to fully stretch out. Also, place the post in his or her favorite spot. Your kitty will likely go to the nearest spot to scratch. Start by placing the post next to the kitty’s favorite piece of furniture and slowly move it away to your cat’s favorite designated hangout.