Tips to help prevent your cat from scratching in your home.
Provide scratching posts
Scratching is a normal and healthy behaviour in cats. They will usually scratch to stretch after waking up so it is best to place to scratch near where your cat sleeps.
Your cat may have a preference, you might have to try a
couple different types made of rope, cardboard, rough fabric, carpet, or wood to figure out what they like best.
Use positive reinforcement to train your cat to use the scratching post. Put the scratcher in front of the undesired item that they like to scratch (for example a spot on the carpet). Reward your cat when they use the scratching post instead by giving them a treat and using positive tone of voice and words, if the cat scratches else where. they should be gently picked up and taken to the scratcher, then rewarded.
Tip: Try spraying the scratching posts with Feliway to entice your cat to scratch there.
Regular nail trimming
When trimmed properly this decreases the cat's need to remove the shedding nail.
Start young: Trimming nails when they are kittens will help them become comfortable with it early on.
Tip: If the cat doesn't like nail trims be sure to work slowly, offer breaks and make it a consistent routine.
Temporary Nail Caps
Applying nail covers / caps like soft paws can help protect yourself or your furniture from scratches.
How they work: The cats nails tips are trimmed, the nail caps are filled with adhesive and slid onto the claw.
As the nail grows out the caps will fall off and need to be re-applied every 4 - 6 weeks.
Nail caps come in a variety of sizes and colours.
Ask your vet for more info or help with nail caps