Q&A: How do I get my cat to stop clawing my Oriental rugs?

November 19, 2010 by
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Question by Killertiel: How do I get my cat to stop clawing my Oriental rugs?I bought my cat a scratching post in hopes that she would use it rather than my lovely Oriental rugs, but I still catch her sharpening her claws on them. I have rubbed her paws on the scratching post and petted her afterwards, but that isn’t encouraging her to use it. I can’t keep an eye on her 24/7 because I work.

Declawing is out of the question because it’s cruel.

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Answer by badgirlinblack85
I disagree with the statement that declawing is cruel, but if you won’t take the practical route, buy a spray bottle. Unless your feline is one of the wierdo cats that likes water, she will run like hell if you spray her when she claws your rugs, and begin associating clawing the rugs with getting wet. It stopped my cats from wrecking my leather couch. Or just get rid of the rugs.

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9 Comments on Q&A: How do I get my cat to stop clawing my Oriental rugs?

  1. Sirena Doren on Fri, 19th Nov 2010 1:21 pm

    Here’s an awesome little trick I learned a long time ago: Rub some catnip on the cat scratch post. She’ll be more interested in it, I garentee it. Another thing you could try, even though it’s never worked for me, are those sprays to keep cats off furniture. Like I said, I’ve tried a few different brands of those sprays and it never kept my cats off the nice furniture but it’s worth a shot. I know the catnip works, though… Works like a charm!

  2. Donald P on Fri, 19th Nov 2010 1:41 pm

    they sell plastic caps at most big pet stores like petco. they simply go over there claws and the plastic caps can come off. they do come off on there own as well. they are pain free and in my opinion not cruel. we use them on our cats and they work great

  3. paintedrain2 on Fri, 19th Nov 2010 2:37 pm

    Get a small container (empty cat treat canister) and put some pebbles or coins in there. Shake it when the cat is on your rugs and scratching. The loud noise, will startle her, and eventually, she’ll put the two together, and leave it alone. Also, when you are gone, you can do what I do with my cat. Close her in the bedroom (assuming the litterbox is still reachable) while you are gone.
    I’m glad that declawing is out of the question, because it truly is a cruel and highly cosmetic surgery. Not for the health or well-being of the animal, and therefore not reasonable to do.

  4. Edward on Fri, 19th Nov 2010 3:09 pm

    .45 Cal automatic. usually one round will do it.

  5. Michael R. B on Fri, 19th Nov 2010 3:33 pm

    A burlap sack and a river.

  6. dirt gardener on Fri, 19th Nov 2010 3:40 pm

    I absolutely agree with you about the no declawing. I have a stray that came to me about 5 years ago. She was declawed by whoever had her before and she has been one of many of my adoptiables that I cannot seem to help solve her mental problem. Some come to me abused, some starved, beaten, burned, and along with this I have to find a way to get them to love and trust humans again. I also read a article on how the declawing is done. When I adopt, I have three rules. One is no declawing and I explain the procedure. You need to get her in a play mode. Catnip on her scratch post. Then after she wants to play with something she likes, put it on top of the post. You will have to repeat till she gets that post is a toy. My favorite two things. An old tree limb, that is sort of bowed in middle. Soak it, one end at a time in a bucket of water. Then set it in sun for few days. This gets ants and other critters out, before bringing inside. Do not buy treated wood at the lumber store. It is treated with arsenic, and is poisonous. Or take a flat 2by 4 cover it with a piece of old carpet- put on the spot she likes best on rug. after she uses it there , then move and see if she will use it at your preferred location. Wish you the best. GOD BLESS YOU! sus04mc@yahoo,com

  7. lovemycats0 on Fri, 19th Nov 2010 3:56 pm

    There is a really cool cat toy that I have seen in almost every pet shop I have visited. It is round, about 14 – 16 inches across, and have a track that runs around the outside with a ball in it. The center has a corrigated cardboard insert, meant for clawing. You put catnip under the cardboard, and they claw away trying to get the catnip. You can buy packages of extra cardboard centers for when the one in use wears out. They are inexpensive, much more attractive than a scratching post (which my cats have never accepted), and double as a keep me busy toy when they learn they can make that ball go around and around by batting it. It’s less than $15.00 for the initial expense and the refills are just a couple of dollars and last a long time. Might be worth a try.

    Most scratching posts are not heavy enough to keep from tipping when a cat REALLY uses one. That is why most scratching posts don’t work. A cat wants to claw at something that isn’t going to crash down on its head.

  8. pdx on Fri, 19th Nov 2010 4:22 pm

    Thank you for realizing declawing is cruel.
    Have you tried rubbing cat nip on the scratching post to attract your cat to it? You can also cover it is your cat’s favorite blanket or put a cat bed near it so it gets use to the new post.
    Also make sure you trim your cat’s nails (if your cat is not trained to tolerate this and you have trouble, your vet can help you).
    You can apply soft paws (rubber caps that fit over your cat’s nails). Even if the cat continues to scratch the rugs he won’t do any damage.
    You can try to squirt your cat with water or compressed air when he scratches the rugs.
    If none of the above works, you can isolate your cat and the new scratching post in a room without an oriental rug until he starts to use the post as his primary scratching area.
    Good luck!

  9. Kitty Luver on Fri, 19th Nov 2010 4:32 pm

    Go to my site ) and click on Declawing. There’s some info about a product called soft paws on there.

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