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How do I keep my kitten from scratching the furniture?

Posted by David on December 5th, 2010

Scratching is hard-wired into the cat’s brain – it’s what cats do to keep their claws sharp and ready for action. Your kitten will soon feel the urge to scratch, so offer her various items to sink her claws into.

Purchase several scratching posts and pads, or make your own with posts or boards covered with rope or carpet remnants. Place them in strategic places – near her food bowl, her litter box, and her favorite sleeping spot. Experiment with different textures to see what she likes best. Rub on some catnip to pique her interest.

If your kitten tries to claw your carpets, drapes, or furniture, discourage that behavior with one or two sprays in her direction (not on her) with water from a spray bottle. But be sure to reward her with treats and praise when she scratches the right stuff.

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