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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-01-2009, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
 
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cat scratching

i have two cats and they both claw at things. my older one claws on everything!!! but if i tell her to stop she normally does. i have noticed that they are both clawing at the carpet. i noticed not too long ago a spot where the carpet and the tile meets up that has been messed up by one of the cats clawing and picking at it. i believe it's the younger cat that's doing it. she is 2 years though. has anyone had a problem with this. this has recently become a problem and i'm not sure how to stop it. any help is appreciated.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-01-2009, 10:38 AM
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Re: cat scratching

Desdemona really liked to scratch on our rug. One thing that helped us was to cover that area with "acceptable" scratching surfaces - sisal mats, a scroll-shaped scratcher, cardboard pads. And when she used the acceptable surfaces, she got praise, scritches, and/or a treat - positive reinforcement for the desired behavior. Eventually we were able to move those scratchers off the rug, and she has pretty much left that rug alone since then. She uses the cat tree (carpet-covered, she loves it) and scratching post too, but she still really likes horizontal scratching pads on the floor. So if it's just one spot on the carpet that they're really going at, maybe try putting cardboard or sisal scratch pads over that spot, and give them good positive reinforcement when they use those. Or you could try adding a carpet-covered scratching post, if it's the carpet texture that they like. Hope that helps!
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-01-2009, 10:56 AM
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Re: cat scratching

Sometimes they tend to scratch more when their nails get too long. Regular clipping of their nails may help with the problem (also will cut down on the damage). You can also put some double faced tape temporarily on the spot they seem to like best to try to break the habit.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-07-2009, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: cat scratching

has anyone tried a spray that is supposed to repell them from scratchin that spot?
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-17-2009, 05:13 PM
 
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Re: cat scratching

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has anyone tried a spray that is supposed to repell them from scratchin that spot?
I tried that without good success, but I was not the most consistent with discipline.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-18-2009, 11:55 AM
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Re: cat scratching

Do you provide them with enough things to scratch, like a sisal scratching post (or scratch-able rugs)? Try sprinkling catnip where you want them to scratch to attract their attention. If they have something they like to scratch, they are less likely to go for your carpet.
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