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Thanks for posting. I have two indoor cats adopted from the shelter. One scratches where he is supposed to. The other one sometimes does and sometimes doesn't. He is driving me crazy trying to keep my sofa and chairs nice. I am pretty much at wits end, but will not declaw.
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I saw those in the store and what worried me...after chuckling...was the litter that may get caught up in there and infections. Otherwise I might have tried them...even after the chuckle.

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4/20/11 3:41 P

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Have any of you tried the Soft Claws? They are caps that go over the cats own claws.

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A. Someone below said clipping nails has nothing to do with scratching. This is correct however clipping does reduce the amount of damage done when scratching ensues. I am not a believer of removing claws. If I were to do that someone should remove my finger and toenails.
B. I have thing that hangs from the door know and 2 of my 3 use it. The this is too young.
C I have a cat condo...taller than I am, made from wood and carpet. So they get both items they like to scratch...the carpet and the wood. Only when they scratch here they don't get yelled so that is where they scratch.

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4/20/11 9:24 A

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Thanks for the suggestion BELLACUDDLES. I'll give that a try until I get out and get the tape.

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4/20/11 8:45 A

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My cat was declawed when I got her 4 years ago.......but I have used white vinegar mixed with water.......1 to 2 parts water and spray on the area you want to NOT get scratched; no staining, but you do have to do it every day or every other......cats do NOT like the smell!

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The double sided sticky tape works well with most cats. We have one that likes to bite it and pull it off. It's really pretty funny to watch.

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Thanks for all the wonderful ideas.! I think I'll give the tape and catnip idea a try first. Luckily our new house won't be ready for awhile so I have time to see what works for my boys.

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4/20/11 12:34 A

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I have 8 cats and I use a door knob hanging scratching post and have screwed it to the wall where the cats scratch. I also went to a Petsmart or ( even Petco sells it) and bought a double sided tacky tape that is used to train cats from scratching on certain areas. This has worked for me. My cats 90% of the time use the scratching post...even once in a while, I will have to use that authortive voice on them to let them know I don't approve.

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The best way, in my opinion, is to train the cat the same way the mama cat does.

When the cat begins to scratch, grab the cat by the scruff of the neck (even if he runs away - he'll know). In a firm voice, say "no" while maintaining your grip.

Then, take the cat to a scratching post that has cat nip on it. Push on the paws to extend the claws and help the cat scratch in the proper spot. Hanging onto the cat but under the belly instead of the scruff, pet and talk soothingly (much like mama cat licking the baby) and give praise.

It helps to keep fresh catnip on the post at least two to three times a month minimum.

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Four Paws makes a spray called "Keep Off Cat Repellent" that worked wonders when I first started using it on my furniture (it doesn't stain). It's a training tool to deter the cat from getting on the furniture. Unfortunately, it didn't deter BOO! for long and . he was back on the sofa as soon as the smell faded away.

What finally deterred him was the day I caught him in a scratching stance on the sofa and went ballistic on him in a high sharp voice. I wasn't really angry at him but I wanted him to think I was and I ranted and raved in a screeching voice for at least two minutes. It worked; he hasn't tried scratching the sofa since even though he sleeps on it from time to time!

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Unfortunately, clipping the claws has nothing to do with scratching. Cats scratch because they are exercising their toes/feet, marking their territory by leaving their scent, and shedding dead cutticles (think of it like us filing our nails).There are a few different ideas that I've heard... putting tape on the area that is being scratched so that there is a sticky area they come in contact with, like the previous post suggests - putting something scratchable where they are scratching, finding a similar surface (like the wood, or fabric or carpet they like scratching, but shouldn't be) and put it out for them. There's the squirting-water method, but I find that really hard because it's only effective if you squirt them while in the middle of the act and if you don't keep your squirter hidden, they'll learn what it looks like and run away when you go to pull it out and not relate it to the scratching.

Please, please, PLEASE don't declaw. It does seem like a good fix when it comes to shredded furniture. But there is no painless method. It isn't just removal of the claws, they actually remove an entire section of the toe! Think of it as cuttting off all your fingers at the first joint. Then on top of that, never having a chance to allow them to heal - a cat can't stay of their paws for 4-6 weeks while their surgery heals and therefore they can sometimes always be in pain.

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I recently moved in with my daughter. When I mentioned to her that one of the cats was trying to scratch the door jamb, she brought down a hanging scratching pad and attached it to the door frame with a cup hook. Wow! What a great idea!

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We are getting ready to build a new home and get some new furniture and we are very concerned about the cats tearing things up. We have several cat trees around the house that they use but they still end up using the chairs and door frames as scratching posts too. I trim their claws periodically but it doesn't seem to stop them. Does anyone have a suggestion that really works because my husband is talking declawing and I really don't want that? Have heard both sides of the argument and have checked out the laser surgery but it doesn't sound much better. They are both indoor cats but I do like to take them outside and sit in the backyard. I would seriously appreciate your help. Thanks!
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