For context the scratching post has been there for at least 3 years.
I have two older cats who fortunately are smart enough not to do that with my couch......and then I brought home a third and now my couch looks like shit
Use anti cat spray or whatever it's called in English to the cats learn, also a spray bottle with water that you use on them every time they try.
Have 3 cats myself and the don't do it anymore
"anti cat spray"
I had to live with a cat that chewed cables. Little shit destroyed thousands of dollars worth of things, and the "spray" didn't help. All it did was have the side effect of me grabbing an old cable from a box, and at some point my finger touches my mouth and it's this gross bitter flavor.
Thanks for that, Stormageddon.
And it doesn't wash off! I sprayed down my new TV remote because of a certain puppy. Then I made sure to wash my hands super well and then made a sandwich. Grossest sandwich ever.
Small amount of isopropyl
Get a load of this responsible adult, with his adequate cleaning/medical supplies
Ha jokes on you, I use it to clean my bongs.
It's a pain, and is a bit of an eyesore, but double sided tape works for me. They will eventually learn not to do it, and then you can take it off.
My dog ate the whole fucking bottle of that chew spray. I took the mangled fragments back for a refund. Try a quick puff of capsaicin spray on the couch. It's the only thing that stopped my dog chewing cords.
Mine also loved the stuff!!! I thought I was being proactive by buying the stuff and spraying it around. My dog hadn't bothered any furniture up until that point but was teething at the time. Cue me finishing spraying the major furniture of the house and my dog spending the rest of the day licking it all off.
Dark Lord of All?
He’s just a baby!!
My cat is like that. I started putting pvc tubing on everything. really makes a difference!
I did this when I had pet rats. With the pipe spray painted to match the walls it was up against it was actually pretty subtle. I did have a tote in each of the rooms they were allowed in for the extra things that it didn’t make sense to pvc, like game controllers.
Yep! If you don’t want it chewed can’t leave it out. Fortunately my cat only has “specific” cord taste and only chews the soft ones (Alexa cords, iphone cords, my mac charger) so I don’t have to cover all the lamp cords.
That's pretty metal for a cat name. Usually people go for Mittens or Snuffles.
It's name was generally just Storm, but once the damage exceeded 500 bucks it unlocked the second part lol
My first cat would chew on electrical cords when he got nervous but he preferred Apple cords for some reason. Max was a nervous cat with expensive taste.
Something those apple cords, man.
Why have you wrought
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fanks fow dat, Stowmageddon. uwu
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Nah. It's cheaper just to donate the cat to your local Chinese restaurant.
Oh I don't need that.
Did you bring the sunscreen?
Anti cat spray?
(exhales) Damn it
aka a Flamethrower.
That’s what water is to cats mine died after I sprayed her with water after she stabbed my dog
Add a little vinegar to that water. Spray the cat and spray wherever they try to scratch. They get the idea fast.
Currently have 3 cats and have had cats my whole life.
Citrus also works, just don't use too much as that'll just upset the cat.
As a dog person myself, is there anything in life that doesn't upset the cat?
Sitting in boxes, and knocking glasses off tables.
Gravity checks are serious business, you have no idea what hell this world would be without the Cats calibrating it day in and day out. Or so my feline has informed me, with her crazy eyes.
Now this is a truth I can get behind
But really, have you never pushed something off a high place (roof, bridge, tree, etc) just to watch it fall? Because it's really fun.
is there anything in life that doesn't upset the cat?
is there anything in life that doesn't upset the cat?
obedience ...complete total obedience and submission !!!
Following a cats every command and demand... Sometimes.
I just bought anti scratch spray with lemon wood and eucalyptus. My kitten loves the stuff. I think she's defective.
This technique just made my cat immune to vinegar.
Add fire, stabbing and kicking. Then unleash your cat on your enemies.
Throw them on people in the shower to turn them into furry grenades from hell.
Then its wet, smells bad, and is still being a little shit.
You didn’t use enough vinegar. My parents have a cat that is super stubborn. Had to go up to 50% vinegar to get his attention. My cats only need only enough to faintly smell the vinegar.
Also, add a cup of bleach to the water
Trolls never bother to proofread.
edit: lol the only time I correct someone and they don't bite my head off... and it's a troll comment.
Or catnip on the post if they like catnip. Although I usually just try gently repositioning my cat off the arm of the couch, which seems to work. I find if I get mad, he gets even.
You could try putting some lemon juice on your couch. I don't know if it works, but i think most cats hate citrus
Tried it, does work!!
Had a similar situation, cat destroyed the couch arm but not the new post. Dabbing that part of the couch every so often w/lemon essential oil/extract did the trick. Now he’s pretty much always a good boy and takes his frustration out on the post (catnip sprayed it too)
One of my cats like water, like spray and peak inside the shower without giving a single fuck.
Happy cake day
I out cayenne pepper on the area's I don't want my cats. They show up, one sniff is enough to keep them away
Is your native language German?
It’s funny. I actually had a spray bottle just for that and it worked like a charm for a bit. Then one day I accidentally pressed to hard on the handle for the spray bottle and it broke. It keeps slipping my mind to grab another one each time I go to the store.
If only that worked for my asshole cat...
I have had absolutely the opposite experience with my cats. Rather than learning not to do things, they learn not to get caught doing them. My older cat is particularly crafty. He waits until he sees the bathroom door close because he knows he won't be interrupted with whatever mischief he wants to get into until I come out of the bathroom.
Mine just do it while I’m sleeping or out of the house.
Until they just do it while you sleep
Happy cake day mate
Get a cat house or a form of plank where they can scratch and scrape their claws on, or carefully use a pair of kitty-scissors to trim them
I’ve actually been meaning to get him a cat house. I bought him a plank but he rarely ever uses it.
My cat often does it for attention.
Mine does it to my bed to wake me up and to the couch because I guess it's super fun to pull yourself along the bottom of the couch with your claws.
I want to not allow my cat to monorail its way around the couch on its back, but it's so damn cute I just have to.
Same. Plus she looks like she's having the time of her life and I can't take that joy away from her.
if i hold my cat on her side, she will walk on the wall. Now leaving Kitty Station, all aboard!
Haha mine does this too. Sweeps up dust in the process
I'm fully convinced my cat just did it to fuck with me. She won't claw any other furniture except for this one really nice recliner that was gifted to us. She's also fully aware that she's not supposed to do it, and runs out of the room if she hears me coming.
I caught her by surprise once as I was walking in the house, yanked off my flip flop, and whipped it at the chair to scare her. It made a super loud SMACK across the back of the chair, and she launched herself a good couple feet into the air before tearing out of the room. Hasn't touched the chair since.
omg that literally made me laugh so hard. That's amazing haha
And the little assholes always end up getting the attention they’re looking for
I bought a big roll of double sided tape, I caught our cat before he tore up our couch too much but it does work. He tried to scratch it once and got his paw stuck a a little bit and has never scratched the couch legs again at least not noticeably.
I did this as well but ended up ruining my sofa even more. The cat had a few picks in the arms already and I placed the tape over it. A year later I tried removing the tape and it pulled the fake leather right off of the sofa :(
Bought a bonded leather sofa once.... worst decision ever.
I have a kitten I’m training right now. Double sided tape where he likes to scratch, and redirection to the scratching post. Treats when he does it right. It works!
“Karl I’m telling you, this new guy is gonna fuck up our whole shabang!”
It’s not a question of intelligence, it’s a question of insolence.
Serious question I hope I don't get flamed for. Why don't you get rid of the cat? I understand the need to care for animals but if it's shitty it's shitty. I'm genuinely curious.
Not the guy you're speaking too, but at the end of the day, its a fucking sofa and is it really worth more than a companion?
Spank them and spray them when they do that
Your cat picks a scratching spot based on what material feels best to scratch on, how tall it is, how solidly anchored the surface is and the location. Clearly your cat prefers a taller scratching surface with a smoother fabric. Perhaps a padded 90º angle padded board covered with a similar upholstery fabric attached to the corner of your couch there will work for you and your cat.
Came here looking for this comment. Can confirm, got a post that was twice as tall and a more stable base and my cats exclusively uses it now instead of the furniture.
I can confirm that cats are not cruel bastards, they just have instincts that don't work well with furniture.
We have a 5 foot tower and a small scratching post and when we moved we watched the cat for a few days before settling on a furniture arrangement. He hasn't scratched anything other than his stuff once. Sometimes it takes a small compromise to coexist happily.
cats are not cruel bastards
cats are not cruel bastards
They have no concept of "expensive furniture". They see "scratching spot that doesn't move, covered with good-feeling material, right height and location...perfect!" I had a cat that loved scratching on denim. She tore up a few pairs of my jeans and my legs. So I made a pair of shorts, took the cut-off pant legs and covered a tall carpeted scratching post she never touched with that now unneeded denim tube. She loved it and used it exclusively after that. I just replaced the denim every few months when it got destroyed and everyone was happy.
Yep. They don't destroy the furniture just because you hate it. They just don't care enough that you hate it to stop doing it unless you give them an acceptable alternative.
We also had a tower that was over 6ft. One cat used it to scratch, the other didn't. Turns out the one who didn't scratch on it just likes to stretch out completely when he scratches; some cardboard ones on the floor solved all our problems with furniture scratching.
Can you link the one you have for me?
SmartCat Ultimate Scratching Post https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000634MH8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_Us7jDbZ0B0W2J
I also took a little round seat from a wooden stool and attached it to the top and covered it with some fabric so that my cat could perch up there better because she liked to try and lay on the top but the top part isn't really big. It's totally a personal choice though. I've had this post for 3 years and it still is in relatively good shape.
I have this too, it’s great. My sister bought one and also loves it!
This scratching post really is wonderful. Two cats, two posts ,not a mark on the furniture.
Listen to this person!!! A cat needs to be able to fully stretch their legs when using a scratch post. It needs to be stable too.
Please don’t use a spray on them. It’s cruel.
You can also try gently rubbing their cheeks with a damp rag and then rubbing where they scratch. This will put their scent on the area so they’re less likely to scratch.
For my cat I provide him with vertical and horizontal posts and he has never scratched my furniture.
Username checks out.
But yeah you're totally right. When we moved my cat kept scratching our brand new carpet and wouldn't use any of the multitude of scratchers we got him like our other cat. He obviously knew not to scratch but couldn't help it he would get too worked up with no relief. After a week and the concern for our carpet my SO got up and went to the garage. He came back about 30 minutes later with a piece of scrap board covered in the carpet remnants. We laid it down on the hardwood, next to the carpet where he was scratching and he was ALL OVER IT. He hasn't scratched the carpet in months and his little flat 2 foot by 1 foot pad is his everything. He sleeps on it, scratches it, rubs on it, everything. His stress levels went down too, less energized and no more nighttime zoomies.
Can anyone link me to a scratching post that could fulfill these requirements? I’ve never seen one that looks like that.
The height is key. Kitty needs to get the right angle.
For the last 3 years, have you never caught your cat doin that?
I had two cats that just raped my couch in the middle of the night. 2am: loud popping noises from their claws in it.
had two cats
Did you... did you kill one?
Nah they died long time ago. Just didn’t get new cats because I don’t want to deal with clawed furniture
Aaaand you didn't think to adjust? Cats are assholes but mostly because of their instincts. It takes a lot of trial and error to correct "bad" behavior.
I would suggest getting a taller one. Preferably with carpet and sissal. Maybe even a small (or large) cat tower.
It looks to me like maybe the scratching post is not tall enough. Maybe try placing some books under it, see if that does anything.
"Nice try." - cat
Definitely frustrating. Pro Tip, though:
See how the spot they've clawed to death on your couch is a bit higher up than the height of the scratching post? Cats will prefer to sharpen their claws on things that are tall enough for them to really reach up and stretch their bodies while they're at it, and give them leverage to dig in properly for healthy snag-free claws :)
Best thing to do is provide them with something taller/longer, while also putting double-sided tape (for a while, not forever) on things you'd like to deter them from using. Good luck!
If you haven't, try rubbing catnip on the post to draw the cat to it.
My cat kept scratching the back of my nice computer chair and as soon as I put out one of those cheap cardboard scratching things and added some catnip, he scratches the cardboard 95% of the time and my chair only 5% of the time even though my chair is probably a better scratching surface than that cardboard.
Also a spray bottle. I stopped my cat attacking my computer's cables after just a couple times spraying a small amount of water at him.
But in both of those cases I caught him right away, it didn't go on for three years. So there's a good chance it'll take a lot more effort to stop that behaviour.
The cardboard is the best. It's the thing my cat scratches the most despite it being the cheapest by far...
Also with spray bottle you can soak catnip in alcohol for a few days then mix well with water and use it on the desired scratch surface.
Makes it easy to refresh the surface without making a mess
Cats don't like those rope-wrapped posts. I mean take a moment and think about it: The rope being at a 90º angle to their claws is just going to get their claw stuck every time.
My cats like scratching cardboard, cloth and natural wood - i.e. a log or branch.
Plenty of cats like sisal rope to scratch on (mine have worn out a few sisal-covered posts), but each cat is a unique demon all its own and will have its own preferences. The OP should definitely be experimenting with all those options if the one they have isn't being used.
Unique demon yes lol
My cats freaking love it. I built my own cat tree and used half inch sisal rope. I've had to replace the rope a couple of times they love it so much.
My cat likes it. OP has just made the mistake of not promoting it.
My cat didn't at first understand what they were for, but I scratched them a bit and made a sound and then he starred scratching it. Then whenever I see him do it I make a click sound with my tongue and praise him along with sometimes giving him a treat for it.
Cats fine, just raise them properly and give treats when they do stuff you want them to do.
My cat knows his name, knows sit and knows lie down. Kinda reminds me of a dog at times.
Get a taller one
my friends get big breed dogs, keep them cooped up in their apartment, and think that taking them out to do their business twice a day is enough exercise. They wonder why their dogs are overly energetic, anxious, and destructive.
My friends get cats, put a scratching post somewhere in their apartment, and wonder why their cats aren’t using it.
Hint: pets need stimulation, excercize, and play. Training can often be very stimulating and rewarding (because there should be treats in it for them.) current schools of thought are heavy on positive reinforcement and light on scolding. (I.e. walk your pup often and give them a treat when they do their business outside instead of scolding them when they have an accident.)
For cats/scratching posts, same thing. Sprinkle it with catnip, hang out/play with them near it, scratch it in front of them, give them treats when they scratch it. Cats don’t inherently see a scratching posts function (like they do with a litter box, although there is still training there, mostly from their mother.) They need to learn through positive reinforcement the connection between scratching post and their instinct to scratch.
[Sleestak hissing sounds emanate from within]
Double sided tape does wonders! My cat hates touching sticky tape, so she stays away. A few months later, I removed the tape but she’s still skeptical and doesn’t scratch my couch.
This is like having your dog shit on your floor for 3 years and never think to let him outside...
My dude, he needs a better post.
Based on where the damage is in the sofa, it looks like the scratching post is too short.
It's literally a cat scratcher and you put it that close to the couch smh.
I trained my cats to stop scratching my furniture by stopping them in the act, holding their paws, and moving their paws in the same way on their scratching post, followed by lots of good boys and pets.
One of my cats still stands on top of the arm of the couch and scratches but both of them have stopped scratching by reaching up with their front legs on furniture.
Direct intervention and positive reinforcement
Works wonder with most mammals
I can't really get why people struggle with the idea
All you gotta do is cover the arms of the couch with rope and make it invincible to scratches
How long has the couch been there?
Why not attach one onto the area?
You have to show them yourself scratching it. They’ll get jealous and want to take it from you. Also hiss at them only when they scratch the furniture
Cat nip on post or taller post. Tape on couch corner until they start using post. I have two cats
Have you tried one with different material on it? Maybe they don't like the rope, but would like the carpeted kind, or one with wood?
Trim their nails each time they start scratching
Unlike the couch which looks to have been there for at least 33 years....
Was it used more when cat was smaller? They like to stretch as they scratch.
Clear tape on the corners of couches/ furniture will get cats not to scratch and instead use the scratching post.
I had to do this along all of the edges of my couch because with then vertical edges were covered my cat started after the horizontal -_-
Yeah you gotta put the post in front of the armrest. I did that with our cats and the just scratch the post instead. Creatures of habit and all that
I have a working theory that most scratching posts are not tall enough. Cat wants to do a full stretch into the scratch and only the couch has the height. Either that or we need to start putting fabric instead of rope on scratching posts because they have a preference
All the advice here is solid, but I'd like to add that to the you can buy strips that are effectively big pieces of double-sided tape. The cat may freak out a bit when they get stuck trying to scratch but after a few months you can remove the strips because they'll be trained not to like scratching the couch.
The scratching post is to short, the cats can't get a long enough stretch.
Try this stuff.
I would have never believed it but it saved my furniture. Cats hate sticky stuff. Go figure.
My cats love having something they can stretch up to and then really pull all their body weight against when they scratch. I got an untreated 2x4, some non-toxic glue, and sisal rope and made them a tall scratcher that I then tied to a door (later to a big heavy cat tree). They preferentially tear the shit out of that thing, then I just put a few lines of glue and rewind it with sisal when it needs it. I forget how much it cost, probably less than $20, and about 30 minutes of work while I was half watching TV.
I highly recommend it!
They make caps for their claws that will stop them from messing up furniture.
Not super sure how true this is/if it applies to all cats, but cat seems to have a preference for scratching posts. She personally doesn't like the rope/twine ones, but instead prefers wood or carpet. Maybe try different kinds of scratching objects to see if your cat has a preference.
It's too short. See how high they are reaching? They can't stretch their back on that scratcher. You might try a taller one.
It's not tall enough. It may not be stable enough either. Make sure you cover it in catnip. you can put weight plates or dumbbells on the bottom to stabilize it.
For the sofa, drape a sheet over the arm. that will prevent them from getting a good grip on it.
I find that cats love the card board scratchers that lay flat on the ground. Only a few bucks for one
And its never been tall enough. Your cat is stretching as is claws that chair. Look at the height of the point the cat begins to dig in. Its at least 6 inches higher that the post even starts. Your scratching post in inadequate for your cat's size.
Cats prefer a taller post. Note the scratching is higher than the top of your post. I’m not saying they won’t scratch all sorts of places, but they need at least one spot where they can fully stretch.
And the couch? 3 days.
You can buy angular cat trees to go around furniture so this doesn't happen.
Put some tape or something like that where the cat is scratching the couch. Put catnip on the post where you want them to scratch.
The scratching post is way too short....cats like to stretch when scratching. That’s why most will still use the furniture over a post. Using a combination of tape, taller post, and the ssscat spray deterrent works the best for me. Source: I’m a dog and cat groomer with 7 years of experience.
I thought it was shwarma.
They want to stretch higher and that post is very short. Check out the Smart Cat Ultimate Scratcher! I've seen the price as low as $25 stalking it on Amazon. One on each side saves my leather couch.
I think the scratching post is a bit too short. Cats like being able to stretch and reach when they scratch.
There’s some tape, I forget what it is called but it’s clear and is not noticeable and when the cats try to scratch your couch their claws get stuck so they stop doing it.
Just get a smaller couch to use as a scratch post!
When you get a new couch, saw that piece off and give it to them for a scratching post
I feel you.
The lady from the rescue we adopted my kitty from showed us these scratch posts at the shop, said they were handmade and the cats love them, there better than that “made in China crap” she whispered the word China. So we bought one, $16 totally gone to waste, my cat has never really used it, but she loves the cardboard one my sister got her for Christmas. You should try that.
The post being made from carpet actually motivated her to scratch carpet as well. Sigh.
They don’t like hemp.
They like the fabric of the upholstery
Get a post made of similar material, tape/detour the couch off. Catnip on the new post, heavy praise when used.
Mine were the same way, I called a local cat expert who clues me in.
Cats are trainable- look online. And cat scratching posts are super easy to make of you like DIY. My bougee cats only like burlap. $30 pets mart/amazon
So what you’re saying is, it doesn’t speak for itself
my cat's hate the sisal but love the cardboard scratch boards. We also have some small chairs that guard the corners. I hate that I have to do it but we just got new couches dammit!
Rub catnip on the scratch post.
Here’s a good life pro tip for cat owners. Use packaging tape on the areas where cats start to scratch on couches. It comes off super easily, and they won’t scratch the slick tape.
Cats apparently have preferred textures. Some like corrugated cardboard, some like carpet, rope, etc. Many cats are very particular in tastes with just about everything as I've learned, tbh. My cat seems to like carpet texture to sleep on and I have this five foot tall tower of baby wipe substrate that he loves to tear apart.
I think it’s cause the post is too short :-/ Mine like a good stretccccchhh scratch
Your cats trying to do you a favor. That fabric is hideous.
Sorry if you've already tried this but an attractant on the post might help. Your post might also be too short for your cat to comfortably use. The post is shorter than the scratchy spot on the couch.
For context the scratching post has been there for at least 3 years.
For context the sofa has been there for at least 30 years.
The post is too small. The scratches on the furniture start well above the top of the post.
Also, this is something you have to work with your cat(s) with, their instinct is to scratch whenever they feel like it, you can manipulate that to scratch when the scratch post are there, I own 2, opposite attitude cats, and they can runs across your laps without you getting a scratch, as soon as the hit the carpet it sounds like they are stapling their claws to it. Work with it or them is the key
When my cat looks to scratch the couch instead of the post I say no then move her away from the couch and put her by the post. If she’s really adamant about scratching the couch the. I put the post in front of the spot she was trying to scratch on the couch
I did this with my cat and then she switched to the other side of the couch to scratch. I ended up buying a cheap recliner and she goes to town scratching that.
Sometimes, they’re too smart for they’re own good 😩
I don't know if 'smart' is the right word.
Clever then? Idk i see it as malicious compliance. Like you told me to stop scratching that part of the couch so I’m gonna scratch this part now
my cat doesnt understand english, what should i do?
When she was little, I would put my cat’s paws up on the post to help her scratch, and I would also scratch the post myself to show her how.
That paired with praise for scratching the post/punishment for scratching the couch, and she never scratches the couch now in her middle age.
I trained mine with a laser pointer and treats. I’d rapid click the laser pointer and point on the scratching post. He’d go right over to it and scratch away. Every time he did it right, and thoroughly, I’d give him some treats.
Now I have him fully trained. Whenever he hears the clicks, his Pavlovian response is to use the scratcher. He even does this sometimes just to see if he can get treats lol
He even does this sometimes just to see if he can get treats lol
He even does this sometimes just to see if he can get treats lol
Pretty much the only reason my cat scratches his post now, haha.
i managed to get a lot of the behaviors of that out of my cat by combining a ssscat sprayer with a spray bottle i got from ikea. repeated reinforcement of 'stay away' helped a lot, even if it took a while.
I would bring my cat to the post and kinda man handle them and use their paws on the post. They don't like it in the moment but I've never had an issue with my cat using the sofa, I use 2 cat trees, one in my room one next to my PC.
Double sided tape works great too. Cats hate the sticky feeling on their paws.
Yeah, was about to say that. This tree is way too small. I have two 2m high scratching trees. One is literally just one big trunk of sisal and one has some levels to it. Cats love to stretch while they scratch. This tree is more suitable for a kitten than an adult cat. Also there are sisal mats that you can apply to chairs and couches.
Was going to say the same thing. My cat’s scratching post is 3 feet tall, it allows her to scratch and stretch, and sometimes climb to the top when she’s feeling kooky. She has never clawed any of my furniture. It’s the same one she’s had since she was a kitten so it’s almost 6 years old and still looks pretty good. The Ultimate Scratching Post on Amazon!
My couch fortunately has a fabric that is very resistant to cat scratches. I had 3 short (~1.5'-2' tall) scratching posts distributed around the room but he would still scratch the side of the couch. I got him another big cat condo that has a scratching post on it that's about 3' tall and he pretty much exclusively scratches that now.
If you work around your cats all will be well.
I had this problem for awhile and came to that conclusion about the shitty post I had bought. I went out bought a nice 4 foot post, and they love it! The one cat even likes to sit on top of the post. There's no platform just the 6-7 inch diameter top. The cats almost forgot about the couch, but they still like to scratch it from time to time.
Yeah, the owner didn't get a tall enough scratching post obviously.
It also could be the material of the scratching post. We had to buy my cat one with carpet after noticing he would use the couch instead of a traditional scratching post
Absolutely, but it clearly isn't big enough for this particular cat.
Mine loves the incline ones made of cardboard the best. Apparently, they are the material that feels most like the bark of a tree. At least, that's what the back of the cardboard scratcher says.
Cats usually want to fully stretch when scratching. This post clearly doesn’t meet that requirement.
So is someone biting down on the couch when using that dildo ?
Mine won’t touch scratching posts like that either but they’ll destroy the cardboard ones with a little catnip sprinkled on it. You try putting catnip on yours yet?
Looks like OP put plenty of nip on the couch.
The sprinkle nip made a mess, I use spray now. Works like a charm
Soak nip in alcohol. Strain. Allow to evaporate a bit if you like (risky with cat around). Mix thoroughly with water in spray bottle.
Easy and cheap nip mister.
I’m so tired of people calling cats assholes and hating cats just because they don’t know how to treat them properly. This scratching post isn’t suitable for the cat. You have to go through a couple to find the right one that your cat likes, just like you should do with their food, bed, litter, etc. There are plenty of cases in which cats are just assholes, but most of the time you just have to read the signs and learn to understand their behavior and your relationship with your cat will thrive. It might suck but that’s just one of the things that comes along with having a pet.
Cats are one of the most misunderstood animals ever, it makes me sad because they’re so intelligent and very loving as long as you treat them right. They won’t just love you unconditionally like a dog does, you have to earn it and I think that’s really cool.
Anyways, I’m sorry about your couch. :-( I suggest trying a different scratch post, make sure its taller since your kitty seems to like stretching their body up. You could also get two of them and have them in different spots. Put cat nip on it too, he/she will love that :-) Good luck!
Came here for the post blaming the owner. Was not disappointed.
He's not wrong. Cat's gonna scratch. Give him something sturdy or he'll find it himself
I’m not blaming him, I’m just saying you can’t blame the cat either. Neither the owner or the cat is at fault, I’m sure they’re both wonderful!
Yeah. Raised 2 kittens by myself and the only reason my step-mom allowed them inside was for rodent control. Took about 9 months for her to kick them outside permanently (we have a 2 acre hobby farm and my dad was kind enough to make them their own little nest in the barn, he loves them to bits) because they scratched up her precious leather dining room chair set because she refused to have an "ugly" scratching post in the house. But sure, her three untrained shitbeasts can run the house and get hair, piss shit 'n garbage in every square inch of the house.
Well she can’t just get rid of the kids!
Yeah, cats aren't ass holes. You just have to bend to their every whim and desire or they destroy your stuff.
Sounds like you need a new couch. And a new scratching post.
The post is too short, cats can't get the proper angle.
Not all cats like all posts or scratch pads. I had to buy several scratch pads/posts until I found a scratch pad my cat likes.
Apply some double sided tape to the sofa where the cat likes to scratch. It might look weird for a while, but worth it to deter the scratching. Worked with my cat and saved our sofa.
You should get a taller post.
Get a taller one, and put it in front of the couch. Block the couch and redirect the scratches to the scratcher.
Mine really like the cardboard scratchers:
You'll feel stupid paying an excessive amount of money for what amounts to just 2" of carboard, but knowing my couch has never been touched with 2 cats... it's worth it. I never put catnip on them either, they just like the cardboard.
I 2nd this! I have 3 cats and all of them love the cardboard scratchers! They don't scratch any furniture.
The post is too short, the cat needs to reach higher to stretch.
Sisal rope is significantly less preferable to sisal fabric. Some cats will use it, but the fabric is much more likely to be used.
The corner is probably easier to access. I have a chair that they like to scratch the back corner of, placing the post in front of it solves that problem.
This is the best one I've found
Have you tried spraying the scratching post with catnip spray or just rubbing some catnip on it? Helps with my little monster.
Cats are assholes.
How are cats supposed to know an intimate object is worth so much to humans? Seriously, it's not like they are intentionally trying to ruin your things. They are just doing what comes naturally.
I watched my cat try to use the post, but it was flimsy and he stopped the moment it tipped. I think cats like to scratch something stable that then can put their whole weight into. Which is why a lot of them scratch furniture.
I'm going to try to attach the scratching post to our wall and see what happens. For science.
Cat did you a favor, that’s an ugly-ass couch.
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Pro tip: dont have cats.
Best advice I've seen on reddit all day.
It's not like any redditor gets pussy
Lol. That's an odd way to announce your lack of sex life, random redditor.
Buy a bigger one! My cat likes to stretch while going wild with her claws.
Fuck yo couch
Try putting catnip on it. He light gor crazy adter and rubbing against it but he might start using it.you can try
This! Go get some spray (liquid catnip) spray it away from the couch so you don’t get residual on it. But, yep..we bought a cat tree and sat in the corner for about 2 years before we found this stuff. We sprayed it and now they won’t stay off of it.
Double stick tape is your friend
Cat lovers: are you challenging me
Like others have said, try different posts. And spray those posts with catnip spray. But if nothing works, I would suggest getting the little claw caps for your cats.
I know its been said already, but you need a taller post. This 3ft post will save your furniture.
I had this same problem. I discovered my cat has very sensitive feet and didn’t like the rope. I cut up and old pair of jeans and wrapped the post in them. He loves it now and it saved my new couch.
In addition to the height and material comments other people are making, you can try rubbing cat nip on the new post you buy to encourage Kitty to change habits.
Some cats don't like the feel of rope
I have several cats and they all seem to have different scratching preferences. One cat has to stretch out and will scratch anything tall (including my walls). Another hates rope.
What works for me now is tempting them with better offers than my furniture. So I have a couple ~3.5 foot tall scratching posts and another with a carpeted bump. Also, any leftover cardboard from shipping goes straight onto the floor for those monsters.
My leather and walls are all pretty untouched now.
Do you regularly trim their nails with good clippers? That's always worked for me.
Nope. We only give trims when we expect guests, which is quite infrequent.
Oh, that's not good. Cats who live indoors don't ga r their nails naturally wear down and scratch posts/pads aren't enough. If you keep their nails trimmed then you don't have to worry about them scratching anything through shouldn't. Plus it's more comfortable to them. They don't sit or stand there kneading things as if they were working dough.
I have some good guillotine style clippers but I suck at using them, so either let friends do them when they're over as they always threaten to steal my Himalayan, or just take to the groomer. They do them for $5-$10.
It isn't tall enough as seen by the hight of the scratches. You need a taller one then it will work. Works almost every time, cats wanna stretch. They should respond alone but if you show them the new post they will respond.
ProTip: Take note of the things your pet does claw, and get scratch posts with similar materials. Then swat them for scratching the wrong thing, and pet them for the correct thing.
My cat Jack loved scratching at wooden door frames, but has never clawed carpet for furniture. So we got him a driftwood scratch post. Since he learned it was ok he's never scratched a door frame.
Lol I got one of those for my cat too and he could not care less about it. At least he goes outside though and there's a tree with a bunch of marks on it because he scratches it every day
My cat destroys the cardboard scratching pads. I was tired of the shavings on the floor, so I got her a nicer carpet and rope set up. She wouldn’t touch it. So back to the cardboard shavings on the floor. Whatever gets her to stop clawing the carpet.
Rub catnip on the scratching post.
They don’t like the rope. Try a carpet post
This is why dogs are better
That scratch post is too small for an adult cat. Cats prefer to stretch the full length of their body when they scratch things and that post needs to be twice as ta as it is.
Worked for us
My cat is the same way except I found out the little bastards secret! She hates those rope scratch posts. Change that post to a carpet covered one and see if that works! It was like night and day she instantly used her new carpet posts and hasnt touched my couch or bed frame since.
I have noticed with my cats (3 of them) they each like different textures for scratching posts. 1 cat likes the fluffy carpet feeling, 1 likes the rope+the harder carpet feeling and the last cat likes cardboard scratching posts. It may just not be the right one for them. We had a fluffy carpet one for a year and no one touched it, until we got out 3rd car who rips it up. I’m happy she uses it. Try some different ones!
Too small cats like to claw something they can pull a stretch out with, or at least I think my cat only claws things to stretch.
There are scratching posts with carpeted surfaces. That rough rope like material is tough on cat claws, especially if you cut them short. Just a tip.
Try a taller post. My cat likes to fully stretch out to scratch so he needs a pretty tall post.
Scratching post isn't tall enough
Buy scrap upholstery fabric (or dive it) and put it on the post.
Its likely the material style the cat likes.
My cats loved it when I did it. I also rubbed some nip on the inside to get them to focus on it rather than furniture so that probably helped...
Your scratching post isn’t tall enough from what I can see. Cats like to stretch out, hence why the clawing is higher than what the scratch post is.
Our cat has a lovely cat tree. He sleeps on it and all kinda of things. He will not scratch it. I have even taken his front paws, pushed out his claws, trying to get him to try it out and he just looks at me like wtf are you doing.
I’ve had to replace the scratching post on my cats tree about 6 times. It looks like a god damn lion got ahold of it after about 3 months. It’s actually kind of impressive.
you can't just buy a scratching post and think that's the end of the problem, you have to reinforce what is good to scratch and what isn't, and putting the post in a place where they're already scratching something doesn't make them want to scratch that instead. What you have to do is get a post, put it somewhere else in the room or nearby, get them to scratch that, and praise and reward them for it, and watch the thing you don't want them scratching and chase them off it when they do. Eventually they'll start associating the post with good and the other thing with bad, making sure they're not in the same location will help them not be confused about where to scratch. Also, if this is the only scratching post, you need about 5 more dotted around the house, especially in places they like to hang out.
My cat hates that sisal fiber.
The second we bought and put down a carpet one, she went to town and never touched any furniture after.
Couple things you could try that helped us. Double sided tape the areas you want to protect, especially the corners and legs of the furniture. They don't like the sticky feeling on their paws. Also, Idk if that's usually where the scratcher is, but you may want to consider spacing it farther from your couch. Also since it seems like they like the feel of softer fabrics, consider getting a post thats a little taller with more carpeting, It may attract their attention more (especially with a bit of Nip Spray) and make it easier to redirect if their still a little handsy with the couch.
Best of luck. Lol.
Try a taller post or a cat pole with platforms. Cats want to stretch up when they scratch, and they love to get up off the floor to perch in their own safe spots. I see that the starting point of the rips on your couch are higher than the top of that unused post, and the cat wouldn't start at the very top if they used the post, they would probably start about half way down. They need height.
Future life hacks, two sided tape or aluminum foil on the side taped to it, probably have to change out the double sided tape often but eventually it should work. Also they sell calming sprays or wall plug ins to calm animals.. I don't know the effectiveness of them but I heard behaviorist mention them before.
Edit, and a taller post, you would want one that the cat can stand on hind legs to stretch out while scratching.
My cat doesn't touch that kind of scratching post. Get a carpeted one? You have an undesirable scratching post beside a desirable couch. Which one do you think he is going to pick?
I buy that carpet protector plastic - like you stick down when you are moving to keep the carpet clean.
It’s a big roll and you can just wrap it around the arms of your couch. Works pretty good (though you may have to reapply if they are persistent.
Also, make sure you keep nails trimmed or use soft paws. Start when they are young!
I had the same scratcher. I learned it’s better to get a scratcher made with (close to) the same material as what they’ve been using (for me it was carpet), they’ll use it
At least your couches weren't leather... mine were.
She was a newly adopted girl. Years later, she still only scratches leather...
Cat kept scratching couch so owner got cat a thing to scratch, we’ll see how it works
Boy if this aint relatable, also don't forget the classic 'sleeping on a lampshade after you bought a $100 bed for them'
That Is a bad kitty
Fucking cats. Buy and make them scratching posts and their own furniture. What do they do, destroy your stuff.
Oh hey John how's Garfield?
Looks about right
This image essentially summarizes cat ownership.
Like how my backpack is more comfortable than the actual bed I got for my cat. Even replaced them in the same location and he still sits on my bag 🙄 in the other room
I feel you. We bought about $200 worth of cat stuff when we rescued our cat Winnie, but she never uses it lol. We've had her about a year. The cat beds are a deterrent for her in fact, she avoids them like the plague. She just in the last week started using her scratching post.
omg. this exactly!
Our cat also shredded the couch. When we had it reupholstered we wrapped some of the old fabric around a log to make a scratching post. Bastard hasn't touched it once.
I recently just got a kitten, while also having a 2 year old cat. The kitten uses the scratching post. And my legs. And the rug. And the office chair. But what annoys me most, is that she crawls under the couch and scratches the underside of it.
This is why we will never have another cat. That and cat litter tracked into our bed...
If cat litter is getting stuck to their paws, it's not the right litter and can be uncomfortable/painful for them.
Where's the guy with the instant noodles to fix this mess?
Cats will be cats
Yep, that about sums it up.
Sums up cats
My cat's actions in a nutshell
Just get a sofa made out of scratching post and a scratching post made out of sofa.
That's a nice scratching post. What's the thing on the though?
Yeah a whole brand new couch over here, brand new, with in a year mangled a brand new sectional. And then peed on stuff she didn’t mange. Any advice on how to teach an old cat new respeck? Obviously not declawing.
I always hated couch covers as a kid. My mom and grandmother both insisted on them and I never understood why. Now I have an $800 couch (cheap by most standards) which is covered by a sheet and four blankets since I have a dog, cat, and toddler. Basically a sheet or blanket for every living thing actively trying to destroy my couch. Maybe on a special occasion when I have guests over I'll probably uncover it...but probably not.
Start sitting on the scratching post. Your cat will figure it out.
FUXKING CATS GAH
This should be its own sub. I have multiple examples of this in my house
Are you my cat?
Buy a spray bottle. My cats learned real quick.
Me: to my cat you should use your scratch post more often
My cat: no, I don’t think I will proceeds to scratch literally everything else
I see your cat and mine are related
The one on the left is there in case of emergency
What's the rope thing?
I love animals. But that's why I'm not gonna get a pet.
At least he scratched near the post?
I made my own scratching post by cutting off a piece of my old couch and slapping it on to a two by four.
Cat owners: this is your fault somehow
My dogs chewed the underside of my pillow cushions even tho they have a box of bones and toys
That's pretty much the full package cat experience for you sir. Enjoy.
They should just start making scratch posts out of loveseats
My furniture feels your pain.
Sorry, my cat only uses the scratching post. I don’t know how he differentiates it from my wicker baskets, but he won’t touch anything else. Sometimes you just get lucky
Vinyl scratch covers
Too late now, but they work GREAT (for the next couch)
When we got our cat, he would endlessly scratch our old beat-up couch, so when we got a new one, we put it in the basement where he spends most of his time, thinking he’d scratch it up and leave our new one alone.
He did not.
All day every day. Our couch is similar
They're actually not that good for cats. What you want is something that it can claw top to bottom. Corrugated cardboard works well arround a table leg as long as the holes are top to bottom. I'd replace them every now n then too
There was a r/attempt....
I do NOT condone declawing cats, but I rescued one. My couch would look like this if ol' Gryff had claws.
fuck yo couch
I sat here for a while not understanding why people would be so infuriated by a furry traffic cone....
A swift boot in the ass a couple times and my cat got the idea to not fuck with the couch.
Also, blocking the area he would scratch with a 1x10 then forced him to scratch somewhere else.
Problem solved. He took to the scratching post immediately.
Ohhhhh so you own a dog. Got it👍
You need to place the scratcher right at the corner of the couch. We even place a blanket or sheet over the area they are scratching, works every time for us
My cat is an exact replica of Garfeild
I work in animal care, and with sincere apologies to your couch, this image is frickin’ hilarious to me.
Images dont speak dummass
This is my life
im the 421st comment
Cat’s gonna cat wherever cat wants to cat...
YOU HAD ONE JOB
You can get a stratching post that you can stick to things like the couch, try that on the part they've already destroyed lol
Patent pending. Scratch poats that look like the corner of a couch amd it alides up along the corners of your couch.....
You love the couch, so do they!
Scratching posts are just a gateway drug.
Cat want you to do a remodel
Cats are such dicks
Might be a little short, the scratching post.
Tbh, if I were a cat, I wouldn't know to scratch that cone shaped thing.
Cats: still assholes.
I mean, that’s a shitty scratcher. Get a REAL cat tree, something they can climb over and sleep on. If there’s no room for that, at least get something big enough that they can stretch out on. This scratcher is pathetic, no wonder the couch is more appealing.
My cats have a designated scratching chair on the back porch for this very reason. I’m afraid to trash the chair because they’ll start scratching a different piece of furniture if I do!
That's putting it mildly
1,) You need to play with them more. Exercise will naturally reduce destructive behavior. At least 10-20 minutes a day.
2,) based on the scratched areas, that pole is too small for the cat. Cats need to stretch those chest muscles and if it's too small they cant do that and will look for other sources to do so. It's also needed to remove dead skin from their claws which is easier on taller poles.
3,) buy anti cat scent spray, or use double sided duct tape on the couch, cats hate the feeling of that on their paws and will stop immediately. But only do this after getting a new cat scratch pole.
4,) try catnip on the new pole. Thatll draw their attention.
This behavior is really easy to fix, you just need to fix your own before you can fix theirs.
While this may seem cruel, it has never failed for me with more than two dozen cats.
When a cat start clawing something, don't freak out. Calm walk over to it. It's likely it'll just watch you approach with its claws still dug in to what it's clawing.
Reach down and smack its paws. Not like what you want to do to the loud obnoxious brat screaming about a candy bar in the checkout line. But enough to let the cat know, scratch this and your paws won't feel good for a bit.
After a couple times, you may need to chase (not literally, but go get it when it gets wise and runs away) the cat to get it. Bring it back to the spot it was scratching. Put its paws on it, say NO and smack the paws. Then let it run off.
After three or four times of it puking in your favorite shoes as retribution, it'll stop clawing things.
Seriously though, this will get a cat to stop clawing stuff.
yeah, it says the owner is too lazy to train their cat not to claw on furniture.
I got my cat a scratching post like that, she wouldnt use it at all despite all my attempts to get her to like it. but what she did love scratching was those cloth drawers you put in those cube shelves. so I went to the dollar store and bought some of those shitty flimsy drawers, cut them up and put them on the post with zip ties. she wrecks the fuck out of those things every two weeks, I buy more and zip tie them around it. its a decent arrangement.
Cats only scratch things to stretch out and clean their claws. You need a taller and probably heavier post so that they can get the proper leverage. Couch feels sturdier and therefore more comfortable
Try and put it further away from the couch, probably difficult to distinguish between the two
Same in my house
Sticky bass on the couch man. Force them to scratch the scratcher.
Inform the cat “You can take the scratching post you’re not using and wipe your ass with it.”
Aside from what everyone else said, you also shouldn't put scratching items near furniture you're trying to get them away from. It just confirms to them that that is a scratching area. Put all the scratches in a completely different part of the room so they are lead away from the couch for their scratching needs.
This is my life lol
I know your pain
I know the feeling to well
Your cat probably doesn't like that type of scratching posts. We had the same issue for years then we got a new couch so I did some research on how to stop this. The prevailing tips is to get several different types of scratching posts in different materials. We tried it (bought three new scratching surfaces) and the couch scratching stopped instantly.
One dead ass pussy.
It doesn’t really solve your current problem, but I attached one of those corner cat scratchers to my couch to save the couch.
The corner of the couch is close to my front door and I think she would be so excited when I come home that she would scratch the couch. I didn’t have room for another post so I put the corner thing up.
It sure does, your scratching post is not tall enough for your cat to want to use it though.
Catnip spray the scratcher and spray the sofa with a scratch repellant (they sell them on Amazon).
Been there, done that. Finally gave in. Actually cheaper than buying expensive cat toys.
Seriously fuck cats
Looks like someone has a Cat Scratch Fever
Hey I have that same couch in my den! It's a real piece of shit.
Cats need to stretch. Scratcher is too short and may be too rough.
My life. Always.
You need a taller post. Look at where the scratch marks are on the couch. Your kitties like to stretch when the scratch.
I'm lucky in that my cats don't scratch my very expensive couch. They have several cardboard scratchers in the living room, and a cat tree in the dinning room with the rope scratching post part. My big boy Fergus loves that rope post.
That couch looks like it needs to be replaced anyway
Fuck yo couch, rich motherfucka buy another one.
Impressive butt plug, is this a joke about a pussycat I'm missing?
Been there I feel ya human !
My cats are the same way
Cats are so evil and amazing 😂
Really? I can’t hear the it at all
i thought this was r/nsfwfunny for a sec and i was terrified
Put double sided tape on the areas that the cat scratches. They hate that and will stop scratching it real quick!
Every single time...
Imagine this, but instead of the couch it's a green screen.
What a dick
Well it’s clearly gone past its expiration date forcing your feline companion to resort to “drastic measures”.
You have to understand Why cats do this, "marking" the couch tells other cats that this couch has been claimed
One of my friends had a leather sofa. He always boasted that his cat had never ever clawed their furniture because they'd bought an expensive scratching post.
Out of curiosity, I asked him when was the last time they had pulled the sofa away from the wall to check the back of the sofa.
He pulled the sofa away from the wall to prove me wrong & was nearly in tears when he looked.
The leather behind the chair was virtually in ribbons!
I had a good laugh & told him it was indeed the most expensive scratching post I had seen.
He wasn't impressed
my car armrest was like this
Owner: buys tiny baby scratching post
Cat: scratches furniture
Owner: why would my cat do this??
In all seriousness, you need a bigger scratcher. Look at the heigh of the scratch marks in the couch. That is how tall your scratcher must be. When you replace the couch or whatnot, put double sided tape or aluminum foil or scratch deterrent spray on it. Encourage use of the scratcher by giving treats and the like when the cat uses it. There are also scratch encouraging sprays by feliway you can try.
My cats do the same.
I can hear this image
I feel your pain...
We have a cat too, same thing to our bed yet his scratching post is right there
Been there, done that, had to replace the couch with one where the fabric couldn't be scratched...
Meow meow 100
The cat doesn't really like the dildo
We need a pic of the cat now...
i have an entire cat tower for scratching in my bedroom yet my cats still prefer my bed, so i understand completely
He obviously doesn't want to ruin the new scratching post, so...
They should make cat scratching posts with the off cuts from excess sofa material!
I have one for my two cats, they never scratched it and always scratched the couch, we had to fix it, and they have a house they can scratch
That’s why they invented the squirt bottle ;)
Anything is a dildo, especially that
The solution is simple: don’t own animals.
this image speaks to me in the language of blame.
This hits so close to home
If it’s not a real sub, it should be
Oh good, it’s real.
Shh, I’m new here.
This is why cats are assholes.
Had a cat that only used the scratching post after we declawed him. Think it felt good on his paw tips after the surgery.
dont ever declaw a cat, its really bad for them
This makes my blood boil. Same problem, except our "outdoor" cat shreds door moldings like it has wolverine claws. $100s to $1000s in damage. It knows it's not supposed to. It's just an asshole.
Why. My cat ate my DxRacer chair armrests instead of playing with his toys... Just why, cats
I mean a cats gonna do, what a cats gonna do.
Our Siamese loves to scratch everything but the scratching post. He’s a diva.
Sew your cat
Good job photoshopping the dead cat out of the picture. PETA would have went into conniptions (or thrown a hissy fit if you’re a pun person)
Fuck yo scratch post! Im Rick James biatch!
I thought this was a vid so I sat there with waiting for something to happen with out reading caption lol
Knock that pussy out
i'd be livid
You can’t have nice things with pets or kids
Cats are assholes
I feel ya
Cat is probably doing it out of spite.
Seriously!!!! I have them all over my house but my couch is torn to shit. 🤦🏻♀️
Your cat should post on r/AITA. And yes cat, YTA.
"Fuck yo couch"
Cats are assholes, mine keeps biting the blinds
That image does speak for itself. It says, "dead cat."
Cats: 10% fur, 90% asshole.
Why do people have pets when they do this kind of stuff?
This is why I could not own a cat. I would kill it. Straight up murder a cat. Wouldn't even feel bad about it. I'd have to scrape pieces of fur and blood off my boots. No remorse. Fuck cats.
WOW this is why imma dog person