Published at Saturday, July 14th, 2018 - 05:43:40 AM. . By Eve Woodall.
To ensure your pet will actually use the scratcher, many contain scents that cats like which are released when scratched. You can also put a little catnip or catnip scent on the scratcher which will encourage your cat to scratch it rather than your furniture. With this, your kitty will be able to scratch happily to her heart's content and you won't have to worry about your new couch!
If you notice that your cat is still using your furniture as a scratching post, you will need to modify this behavior. One way to do this is to sharply and firmly say 'scratch' as you are redirecting your cat towards the acceptable scratching post. If this does not seem to work, you can use a spray bottle. Putting the bottle on mist, one squirt should do the trick. Your cat should take off running away from the unacceptable location. As soon as he or she goes back to your furniture, again squirt once and firmly say 'scratch' as you are pointing in the appropriate location.
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