Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Southern California
It would be a good idea to start trying a variety of scratchers in different textures and configurations. Different cats like different textures - also some may prefer vertical surfaces to horizontal ones, or curved surfaces to flat. There are many scratchers commercially available - sisal, carpet, corrugated cardboard, etc. You can try scratchers that are upright, angled, or just laying horizontally on the floor.
When you catch your cat scratching somewhere he shouldn't, move him to somewhere he CAN scratch, and put his paws on that. If you have a small scratching post, make sure it is sturdy; a smaller vertical scratching post may not be stable and may tip a bit when the cat stretches it's full length - cats may not like this - so try to make sure your scratching surfaces are just as stable as human furniture. The first thing to work it out though, is to find a surface your cat can't resist - most of the time, they will prefer a sisal/carpet/cardboard cat scratcher to your couch, if you can just find your cat's favorite. Reward and praise when he uses his scratcher on his own, and redirect him to it when he wants to scratch somewhere else.
Last edited by SomeRandomChick; 10-17-2011 at 12:26 PM.