I have a new cat. My last cat only had rear-wheel drive access and scratching furniture was not an issue. However, our new Miss Kitty is 4 wheel drive and is scratching the tar out of my oriental carpet and upholstered furniture; (only the best for my kitty, Ha). I purchased a cardboard scratching pad and put it on the carpet where she scratched the most. She has ignored it and continues to scratch elsewhere. Then I purchased a scratching post with both carpet and natural fiber rope on it. Nope! She is not interested in it either. I've had her for about 6 weeks now. Also, I am home with her most of the time, as I am retired. I've tried to catch her in the act of scratching where she's not suppose to and when I do, I holler NO! I take her and put her paws on the scratching pole or pad and motion her paws in a back and foward motion. She dosen't seem to get it. I guess I'm being too logical for a feline.
My question is: How do I get her interested in using a scratching post? I'd be glad to hear any suggestions. Thanks All
Sounds like your going about it the right way, catching her in the act, and bringing her to the post, we put some cat nip on the tree, and it has worked wonders, you may also want to try a squirt bottle to deter her from scratching the furniture, and carpet. Good Luck!
I second a squirt bottle filled with water, it's easier to catch them in the act. I've personally never had much luck trying to train cats to scratch or not scratch in the right place. Either the cat will do it, or he'll continue shredding your furniture :P Sometimes you can get the flat scratching pads that have catnip in them.
I guess theoretically you could cover (temprarily) the areas he is scratching with newspaper or aluminum foil, I've heard cats don't like either of those sounds/textures.
BTW I moved this to the right category for you, now it's under 'cat training tips' instead of 'dog training tips' ;)
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
I personally don't like the squirt bottle method, for dogs or cats. I was lucky in that when I got my cat, I already had a dog. Whenever Hedges would try to scratch, Kalvin would rush up to him and Hedges would take off. He eventually just stopped. *Then he got declawed LOL!
I don't think you are being too logical, cats can be trained, just like dogs actually. They are just as smart, just more stubborn :)
If you can't get the cat to stop scratching by constant repition of what you are doing. Try just covering your furniture. Linen works very well. Try some cat toys that have catnip in them. Keep her occupied and worn out!
The squirt bottle works for me to deter them from anywhere they were not supposed to scratch. I have scratching posts made of sisal rope and they are very good about going just where they are supposed scratch to now. Make sure the post is STURDY. Mine is on a 5 foot cat condo. If it's moves around at all sometimes this will make it very unattractive as a place to scratch. Your sofa is so much more stable! It also depends on what fabric your sofa is. Microfiber is no fun. But the tweedy woven stuff is irresistable. I don't believe in "2 wheel driving" cats anymore, but sometimes there's not much you can do to stop the destruction. My old kitty was declawed. Try keeping the claws trimmed and check into Soft Paws. They are little plastic caps that you glue onto their claws. I never had much success with that but some people swear by them.