1. Why do cats need to scratch?
Scratching is a normal behavior for cats. They do it to Stretch their bodies as well as maintain their claws (in preparation for hunting). Vigorous scratching helps to dislodge old nail covers, expose the new growth underneath, and is also used by cats to mark their territory. Scratching is a natural and healthy behavior for cats, so you should be redirecting the behavior rather than trying to stop the behavior.
2. How to prevent cats from scratching furniture?
First, you'll want to make the areas that you don't want them to scratch undesirable. For example, if your cat is scratching your sofa, you can put foil over the area that they are scratching. But you need to add appropriate scratching surfaces in that area for your cat. A study showed that cats prefer a tall, sturdy post covered with sisal. Therefore，having a cat climbing tree is a must. It keeps your cat away from furniture. Reasonable space design to fully release cat's nature. PETOMG cat condo is designed according to cat's living habits, with full functions of eating, drinking and playing, allowing your cat to grow up healthily and happily.
3. The dangers of deterrents and declawing
Declawing is the amputation of part of the cat’s toes, and it is illegal in most cities nationwide, with strong support from the animal community. It strips the cat of its natural ability to climb and protect itself and can even cause chronic pain and behavioral changes. In fact, many rescue facilities have a no-declaw clause in their adoption contracts. Before considering this radical procedure, speak with your veterinarian regarding safer options.
It's better to teach them what you want them to do and where. As for pheromone sprays, the studies are 50-50 on their effectiveness. Using them won't hurt anything but you may not get the benefits that you were hoping for.” The problem with using deterrent sprays is that the cat often associates the spray with the owner becoming worried or scared in the owner's presence. At best, they learn not to scratch when the owner is around but go right back to it when the owner is absent.” She goes on to say, Indoor cats need attention and exercise, so spending at least 15 minutes of ‘me’ time with your cat will help—playing, grooming and petting.”