Contrary to how it might look, cats don’t scratch furniture to upset their owners. They do it as a means of marking territory (which they see as “theirs,” even though it’s actually yours), and also as a way of sharpening their claws. Asking a cat to not scratch is asking them to go against their nature. However, you can try to limit the amount of damage they do to your furniture.
Buying a scratching post for your cat is one of the most effective solutions to keeping them occupied and away from your good furniture. Spraying the post with catnip can also bring added incentive for your cat. It’s also recommended to positively reinforce this activity by praising them whenever they use the scratching post. Purchase a scratching post from your local pet store.
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