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I don't want to declaw her, because I know it is painful. She has 2 scratching posts, one that is flat and carpet and one that is slanted and horizontal. I have even put catnip on them. She will sit on them and all, but keeps on scratching the carpet mostly and sometimes the couch. The couch isn't all that nice, but I plan on getting a new couch in a few years, and will probably still have her. How can I get her to stop scratching. I have tried the water bottle, and clipping her nails. All I have succeeded in doing, however, is that she scratches and then runs for her life, because she knows that a water bottle will follow her scratch. She goes and hides under the bed. help!
 

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Try spraying perfume or aftershave where she scratches, it worked for us. You have to re-apply it every so often because it wears off.

Hope that helps! Good luck!
 

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Why don't you buy a scratching post or a thick doormat, take your cat over to it, and gently pick up one of her front paws and scratch the post/mat with it.

I'm sure she will prefer the coarseness of that to the carpet - depends how old she is, really - my three took to a scratching post straightaway, cos it really grips their claws much better than the carpet. My neighbour uses a big cardboard box, to much the same effect.

Hope it works! :D
 

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I think you should try a Sisal rope scratching post. The Sisal rope is supposed to be "nicer to scratch" than carpet. I just got a new one for the cats. It looks like this:

http://www.felinedesign.net/pedestals.htm

They love to sit on the top pedestal. This IS NOT the site I got mine from. I only paid $40 as opposed to $90 on this site. If you are interested, I can get you the site where I bought mine. I won't be home until Thursday though so I can't get the site info until then.
 

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I think cats just get board with their toys & scratching posts if they're left out all the time. I try to keep em out for a couple days, then hide em in a room off limit/door closet and rotate the toys so the same ones aren't out all the time.

I heard on a pet radio talk show once these people called in asking how to stop kitty from scratching the couch? they told em to blow up some ballons and tape em to where they scratch - idea being maybe they'll hit the balloon, pop it and scare kitty not to do that again. I've never had to try it was mine isn't that bad. Might work, but would think unless you keep balloons taped to your couch all the time (who wants to do that?) then kitty will keep coming back when fear is gone...but could be worth a try.
 
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