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We have 2 scratching posts which the male uses and 3 horizontal scratchers which she does use, but both of them also scratch our carpeting and tear out fibers, and it's a brand new house. In a matter of months we are going to have to replace the damaged carpet it if we don't find a way to stop them. We have only had the cats over a month.

Are there any methods that work to redirect them their provided scratching surfaces? Most times we don't see it happening but find carpet fibers laying around all over.
 

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Put a scratcher board in all their fave scratching spots. If that doesn't work, there are sprays that deter scratching. Make the scratchers mkre appealing, catnip spray, toys, play with them on them. Clip their nails. Just hook the clippers to the curved part of the nail and clip, they won't be the shortest, but it'll help. They're bored and finding ways to entertain themselves. Give them treats ball, silvervine sticks, play using teaser toys and other things they can cach and "kill".

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They pretty much scratch the carpet or throw rugs wherever they are at the time they feel like scratching. I did buy a couple additional horizontal scratchers but I don't know how much they have used them. I did read up on a few sprays but the reviews are very mixed.

The female is more of a problem than the male. The male uses his scratching posts regularly but she will not use them. She seems to like to scratch horizontally, although I rarely see her use the horizontal scratchers. I have tried to encourage her by scratching them myself but she doesn't follow suit. The male does though :)
 

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I have two cats at home, but they are already quite mature, 8 and 10 years old. With age, they become horribly lazy and passive, so they behave calmly. But while they were young, it was a living ****; they tore up everything they saw. I could wake up in the morning and see paper towels that had been torn to shreds. But after they tore up our Persian carpet, I honestly thought about giving them to someone for free. But you can't throw out someone you love and care about. So I've found a company specializing in the restoration of carpets. Its specialists were not surprised by my problem. Surprisingly, they restored the carpet and advised us to buy a spray that repels cats (or buy a dog that repels cats, lol).
 
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