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How To Stop Your Cat From Scratching the Carpet

Written by FELIWAY, published on 11 June 2021

We all love the feel of a soft, thick and springy carpet under our toes, but for your cat, the temptation to dig their claws in and scratch can be too much!

Scratching is a normal healthy activity that all kitties love and need to keep them in tip-top shape but sometimes the places they choose to flex their claws aren’t ideal. So how can you stop your furry pal from carving up the carpet or wrecking that rug?


1. Keep Your Kitty Content

How happy is your cat? If your carpet’s being subjected to a clawing, or your kitty has started widespread or excessive scratching, it could be a sign that something isn’t quite right. Luckily there are lots of things we can do to help!

If you think your cat may be scratching due to worry or stress, you should:

  • Check that there are enough food and water bowls available. You should have one per cat, so that each cat has their own space
  • If you have more than one cat, make sure each kitty has its own scratching post, and lots of different levels and perches around the house so they can have a peaceful scratch
  • Check that scratching posts are in an accessible location - your cat may just prefer the carpet because it’s easier!
  • Create a fun space. Make time to play with your kitty and provide lots of different toys - a moving toy on a string is sure to be a success!
  • Show them lots of love! We all like to feel loved, so show your kitty how much they mean to you and give them lots of praise, fuss and attention!

2. Create a Scratch Friendly Space

What makes a purrfect scratching spot? If you want to help you kitty learn where to put their claws, make sure they have a sturdy scratching post to stretch out on. Whether you choose a vertical or horizontal post, make sure your cat can fully stretch out on it, and place it near their favourite spots - such as by their bed.cat stretching and scratching the scraching post

3. Remove Temptations

Sometimes it’s hard to break a bad habit without a little help. For your cat, the sight and scent marks from previous scratching creates a tempting reminder to scratch again! To help them move away from inappropriate areas like the carpet or furniture, make sure you clean any marks you find with water and a simple soap to remove the scent.

4. Stop That Rug Wrecking!cat sractching the rug in the stairs

If your cat has taken a liking to your carpets, don’t worry,- you don’t have to put up with a threadbare, scratched lounge. With a little encouragement, it’s possible to redirect those claws by considering your kitty’s needs and giving them a better place to scratch.

If your cat is also scratching other furniture see full advice on how to stop cat scratching furniture article.

If your cat has been scratching for a while, or is particularly destructive, after you’ve cleaned away existing scratch marks, consider using FELIWAY CLASSIC spray on areas you’d like your cat to avoid (so never on their scratching post!). Working to reassure your kitty and help them learn where to scratch, FELIWAY Optimum Diffuser can be used to help your cat to feel more at ease and reduce scratching from stress.

Helping your cat trim their claws might be another solution.

By using the tips above you should soon have a confident, happy cat who knows not to claw the carpets! However, you can always provide extra support and security for your kitty with a FELIWAY Optimum Diffuser. Working to reduce stress and reassure your cat with reassuring messages, the diffuser adds extra environmental comfort to calm your kitty and reduce any stress-related scratching.

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