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Hi guys, does anyone have any tips how to encourage cats to scratch on scratching blocks? They are both 5 and have never really used the ones I made up for them, they do sometimes scratch on tree branches outside which is good but not enough as they still much prefer using the sides of the sofas instead!

With the sofas suffering I've bought them a cat tower with the pillars all made of sissal scratching posts. They are quite liking the tower but paying little attention to the scratching posts. I've tried spraying a couple with catnip but their response was to rub their chins against it in affection instead!

The reviews for the tower had lots saying their cats used the scratching posts lots instead of their furniture. So what can I do to try and get my cats to use it? I've even tried holding their paws and doing the scratching motion on it, and can't think what else I can do. Also what should I do when they scratch furniture to discourage it in a positive way?
 

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I had some loose pieces of carpet lying around, one was turned the wrong way up. As soon as my cat walked on it she decided to scratch it! Her brother is now doing it too, ive left a patch in the kitchen and they are using it every day when they come in from the garden, almost like we wipe our feet!

After all the materials Ive tried the underside of carpets is the one they like! They didn't require any encouragement either, just nonchalantly started doing it by themselves as though they've had it all their lives. I was totally stunned, and to think ive had this spare carpet all this time...

What a relief though, cats will always be cats :grin: . I have left some carpet right by where they love to scratch the sofa, so Im hoping they will choose that instead otherwise ill attach it to the sofa!
 

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That is very cool and a great thing to remember! Years ago I recall bringing in a rather large tree stump with bark still on it for one of my cats. Otherwise I might have lost all my furniture. ;)

So upside down carpet is a good thing to try - who knew? Is the carpet scrap backed with that fibery weave? I can imagine that might appeal to a cat.... but I would not have thought of it myself.
 

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Ha I hadn't quite thought of a tree stump, not sure it would have gone down well with others in the house though lol.

Yep the carpet has that weaved fibres, so it does look like something enticing for cats to scratch, I just never thought of it before and they only got to it by chance. But im so pleased they found it- there is more leftover carpet hidden away so they won't go short for a long time now :grin2:
 

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Some cats are horizontal scratchers, some prefer vertical surfaces. If your cats are scratching branches and sofa arms, they're probably partial to horizontal surfaces. Place some horizontal scratching pads next to your sofa, after putting a few strips of double sided tape on the parts of the sofa that they're scratching.
 

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I never would have thought of upside down carpet either. Nor would I ever have considered what my neighbor's cat uses to scratch: a rubber doormat on my patio.

Furniture is not the problem here. Daisy only scratches - and bites! my desk chair. As a kitten she loved the area rug that is used as an inside doormat. Months later she decided to scratch the carpet instead.
 
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