How to keep your cat from scratching your furniture and carpets

Place some harmless cat deterrents around the area of carpeting that your cat has scratched.
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I had a traditional rug covered square post scratching post and my cat used it so much that the carpet covering was fraying and coming off. He loves this post - it's slightly taller than standard so he uses it to stretch and scratch. The rope around the post stands up a lot better to his scratching.
MANY CAT OWNERS HAVE SAVED THEIR FURNITURE AND CARPETS WITH A SCRATCHING POST
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There are plenty of things that annoy cats enough to potentially deter them from scratching on furniture and carpets. Some people swear by putting aluminum foil on furniture to keep cats from scratching because the texture supposedly makes cats reluctant to scratch. Other options include double-sided tape or Sticky Paws, or adding unpleasant fragrances such as citrus, or using motion-activated air sprayers. Wall-mounted Carpet Tile DIY Cat Scratcher with FLOR tiles
Photo provided by FlickrI tried that. The cat battered the dog, the dog ran off. The cat scratched the carpet haha.
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Male cat scratching carpet with hind legs while in a crouched position. Help! We’ve always owned cats. This is the first though that crouches on carpet and scratches it with his back paws! We have a male cat (5y.o.) who just started something new. He gets in a crouched position on our carpet (like he is getting ready to pee)and starts scratching the carpet with his REAR hind paws. Like he is kicking out backwards with them. He is not peeing (100% litter trained) but just keeps doing that back leg scratching thing with his back paws. He is an indoor cat and has not had any health problems. Does anyone else have a cat do this and why???? I can’t find any others on the internet whose cat does this! What is he doing? Female cat scratching carpet by: Anonymous Female cat scratches at carpet. My 6 year old female cat will do the same thing! It’s always in the same places too. Either the same spot on my parents’ carpet or on this file box I have. She used to do it every night for months when I have this plastic file box located in my room on the floor. For about a year I kept it up in the closet. When I was moving into my new place, it just happened to be sitting on the floor and instantly she jumped up and started doing it again! It always seems that when she does it or after she does it she gets in a rambunctious mood and wants to play. Not really sure what this is! Would love to know why though. Ratingmale cat scratching carpet by: crazycatlady my Siamese simi does this it is connected to the instinct left over from before domestication cats used to create a nest type hollow for resting it is also connected to turning in circles before settling down to sleep. Some cats prefer vertical surfaces and some prefer horizontal surfaces. A good bet is to buy an inexpensive flat corrugated cardboard scratcher, available almost anywhere, and have it available (as well as a cat post).Female cat scratching carpet by: Anonymous Female cat scratches at carpet. My 6 year old female cat will do the same thing! It’s always in the same places too. Either the same spot on my parents’ carpet or on this file box I have. She used to do it every night for months when I have this plastic file box located in my room on the floor. For about a year I kept it up in the closet. When I was moving into my new place, it just happened to be sitting on the floor and instantly she jumped up and started doing it again! It always seems that when she does it or after she does it she gets in a rambunctious mood and wants to play. Not really sure what this is! Would love to know why though. If you have a cat or two, they've most likely used some part of your home -- such as a piece of furniture or your carpet -- as a scratching post. The good news is that you can repair a small section of damaged carpet by plugging it with a new piece. If you have a cat tree and its carpet is worn and ripped, you can replace the damaged portion, which is a wallet- and earth-friendly alternative to buying a new one.