How To Stop A Cat From Scratching Furniture – Tips To Resolve Issue

While it can be a joy for being a guardian of a cat. It is pretty common for cats to scratch furniture. With this article, I will offer tips and go over how to stop a cat from scratching furniture? It will be great for both you and your cat to find alternative solutions to this destructive behavior.

How To Stop A Cat From Scratching Furniture
I feel that cats scratch furniture to either to place their scent on the furniture., as cats have scent glands in their paws. Cats might also scratch to stretch their muscles through their claws and travels right through their legs onto their shoulders and back.

Another reason why a cat might scratch is to remove the exterior sheath from their nails. Cats also needs to sharpen their claws regularly. Please keep in mind the cat is not being a bad kitty by scratching the furniture.

In a gentle manner try to stop the cat from scratching furniture. Instead, teach and train the cat where it is fine to scratch. This will make you and your cat happy.

Invest In A Scratching Post-Resembles A Tree

The first tip I would like to offer. You can purchase a scratching post that is sturdy in structure. Try not to purchase a scratching post that is heavy or too tall, as the scratching post can fall on the cat. Here are tips on the scratching post to purchase and the placement of the scratching post.How To Stop A Cat From Scratching Furniture

  • Scratching post with sisal rope is the best, as it is like a tree bark, rough and course.
  • Place scratching post next to furniture the cat scratches.
  • You can place a piece of laundry on top of the scratching post. Placement of a piece of laundry can mark a territorial spot for your cat.
  • You can also purchase a scratching post that is made out of carpeting, cardboard and drapery material. You can select the scratching post that you feel your cat will prefer.
  • Some cats like to scratch the carpet. When the cat scratches the carpet; horizontally place the scratching post on the floor.
  • You can also purchase scratching boards and posts. Scratching boards are raised or not raised. You can never have enough of these items around the house.
  • Purchase a cat tree to make your home cat friendly.
  • There are vertical, horizontal or slanted posts; that you can choose from.

Training Your Cat To Use A Scratching Post

There are ways and actions you can use to train your cat to use the scratching post instead of furniture.

  • Genitally place your cat in front of the scratching post.
  • To make a scratching post more inviting to the cat. You can rub catnip, catnip spray or catnip oil. This will attract the cat to the scratching post.
  • Genitally place the cat’s paws on the scratching post.
  • Rub your fingernails on the scratching post and show your cat for reinforcement.
  • Never scold the cat for not using the scratching post.
  • Only offer praise when the cat uses the scratching post
  • Dangle a toy over scratching post.
  • When you return home, stand next to the scratching post and tell the cat that your happy to see them. This action can be positive reinforcement.
  • Tilt the scratching post. So the scratching post does not seem so big to the cat.

What Is Your Cat’s Favorite Scratching Post?

I have found that not all scratching posts are not created equal, according to the cat’s preference. Sometimes, if you get a scratching post for your cat; the cat will not scratch on it. You would then need to try out another scratching post. Hopefully, You will find the scratching post that your cat will scratch away.

My sister has three cats. Each individual cat has their unique preference for their own scratching post. As you can see if you have multiple cats, it can certainly become a challenge.

Alternative Ways To Stop The Cat From Scratching

There are alternative humane ways to stop the cat from scratching the furniture.

  • Use water spray bottle if you feel the cat is going to scratch furniture. Do not use the spray bottle on  your cat during the middle or scratching.How To Stop A Cat From Scratching Furniture
  • You can also use citrus oil mix in the spray bottle. Cats do not like the citrus oil mix, but it will leave a nice scent.
  • After observing and feel your cat is going to scratch, redirect the cat’s attention by giving them a toy.
  • Cover furniture with plastic cover that the cat likes to scratch. Cats do not like the surface of plastic. You can also apply masking tape where the cat likes to scratch. Cats also does not like the sticky surface of the tape.
  • Use aluminum foil on furniture. I know that cats do not like aluminum foil.
  • Place sandpaper upside down.
  • Shut doors where furniture is located.
  • Place plastic caps over cat’s nails.

Trim The Cats Nails

Trim the cat’s nails with a nail clipper every couple of weeks. Place the cat on your lap. Genitally squeeze the paw so the nails are retracted. Clip the nails.  You might need another person to hold your cat, while you trim the cat’s nails. If you need further instruction, ask your vet to show you.

Declawing Is Barbaric-Amputation

I feel that declawing a cat’s front paws is barbaric and poses a lot of risks. While declawing is still legal in the United States and Canada. Declawing is illegal in Europe and other countries. These other countries made declawing illegal as they feel that declawing is cruel and unethical.

Many cats that are declawed refuses to user their litter box and the cats may display aggressive behavior, such as biting and hissing. Cats that are declawed are also left with a lot of stress and fear. Cat that are declawed cannot defend themselves against their predators and also cats cannot climb any longer. Therefore, a cat that is declawed can never go outside again.

Reasons For Not Declawing A Cat

There are several reasons for not declawing a cat.

  1. Declawing procedure causes the amputation of the digit of the last joint of your cat’s finger in paws.
  2. Declawing is very painful for the cat.
  3. Many cats can suffer from chronic pain and arthritis.
  4. Declawing can throw off your cat’s balance.

Therefore, I suggest you try other strategies to manage your cat’s scratching before you just go and declaw your cat’s front paws. As you can see the declawing procedure is very painful for a cat.

Tone Of Voice

As we know that a cat scratching is natural. Another method in trying the cat from scratching, is to speak to the cat in a bossy voice and say “no ” or “stop”to the cat.


This article provided you with tips on how to manage your cat when your cat scratches the furniture. I offered suggestions on alternative methods on what the cat scratches. If you and your cat are happy in what the cat scratches.  You and your feline friend will live in peace and harmony.

If you have any other questions or comments. Please write them below and I will be happy to assist you. If you have any other suggestions on curbing the cat from scratching the furniture. I welcome those suggestions.

Eileen Murray


  1. Hello Eileen,
    I believe that if you get cat you have to ready some Scratching Furniture. You couldn’t be stop forever because it is cat’s natural. I think if you like cats with me when you buy furniture you can think your cat. you can buy textile furniture. you must away from leather furniture. and also you can cut your cats nails every months and also when they start scratching furniture you can say very bossy voice ” no, stop ” . I always say it and it is very effective.
    Have a nice weekend.

    • Thank you for your input. I do feel you can speak to the cat in a bossy voice. That is a good idea on textile furniture.


  2. Thanks so much for this wonderful article on training your cat to use a scratching post. My cat doesn’t really scratch the furniture anymore. I bought him a post when he was young and sprayed it with some catnip spray. Now that he’s older, he has no desire to scratch the furniture. Have you ever used catnip spray to attract a cat to the scratching post?

    • Thank you for your suggestion. I never used cat nip spray on a scratching post. i will certainly give it a try.

  3. This post is a life saver. I already got my cat a scratching pole but she still prefers the couch and the door. Christmas is coming and I am beginning to worry if my furniture will stay intact until then.

    I noticed that she always walks away when I am cutting oranges. Why haven’t I thought about creating a citrus solution to ward her off? That’s a great idea. Do you think an orange based essential oil will do the trick? I can use the balance for myself too.

    • I am sorry to hear that your cat is scratching your furniture. I would try the orange citrus solution to see if that works. I wish you luck. Please let me know if that works for you.

  4. Thank you for the information on stopping a cat from scratching your furniture. I have three cats who are all indoor cats so scratching has been an issue. Things that I found that helped are:
    -If your cat likes cat nip, introduce the cat scratcher with cat nip on it.
    -One of my cats only likes a flat on the ground scratcher. So experiment with different types of scratchers.
    -The most helpful thing I learned is that all three of my cats were more likely to use the scratcher if you put it near the place where they are scratching the furniture.

    Thank you again for all your thoughtful and helpful tips!

    • Hi Lorraine,

      Thank you for your comment on your three cats. The three cats certainly seems like a challenge. I like the idea of a flat on the ground scratching post and it is a good idea to try different scratching post.

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