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Old 08-27-06, 05:30 PM
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Help my cat is ruining my house!

After adopting him a week ago he has started scratching up the door casings.

We have a kitty condo and a big carpeted tube that my other cat uses. If it keep up the wood is gonan get ruined! What do I do?
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Feliaway spray
Catnip
and maybe a spray bottle.

Good luck!
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http://maxshouse.com/Truth%20About%20Declawing.htm
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My dad got a sheet of brass or metal to mount on the door where our cat scratched.
It's a law--dogs and cats play with what you don't want them to. Today our dogs have played with:
* my boy's shoe
* two rolls of toilet paper [it doesn't take long to tear these up]
* my harmony remote [*very* briefly, as in "hey you sonofa..."]
* a ribbon
* two socks
* two books [hardback and paperback]

in addition to the toys they're actually allowed to play with.

Whee, the joys of young animals.

that said, though we've spayed/neutered all of our animals, we have never declawed them; after reading the bottom of that article, I'm glad.
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Id never declaw him either
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There's some product that give out bad odor (only animals can smell) that might discourage Bruce clawing things.
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Keep his claws trimmed/flat. A regular nail clipper works.
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Originally Posted by namrufmot
Id never declaw him either

Fair enough - but would you be against having a vet do it?
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You might try using an orange oil furniture polish on the casings to cover the scratches and keep the cat away. Cats don't like cirtus smells and will hopefully stay away. I had to use orange extract on my electical and phone cords to keep one of my cats from chewing on them. It worked great, she never chewed another cord.
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We use Softpaws on our cats. You need to put these one about once a month (some fall off, and you need to replace about 1-2 claws a week. This keeps them from scratching stuff, without needing to be declawed. The cats seem to do just fine with them on.

http://www.softpaws.com/
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We have a sticky tape on the sides of the furniture- when they try to scratch their paws get stuck to it.
It pretty much solved the problem of scratching for 2 cats who were doing it, but created a problem of the third cat who doesn't scratch trying to eat the tape.
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Originally Posted by Kittydreamer
Feliaway spray
Catnip
and maybe a spray bottle.

Good luck!
Feliaway is great stuff. Even tho we have girl cats for some reason one of them, every now and then likes to "mark" something. I know they are just marking as it is not enough to be "pee". The Feliaway works awesome. It is a little pricey, but works well.
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Originally Posted by jhagler
We use Softpaws on our cats. You need to put these one about once a month (some fall off, and you need to replace about 1-2 claws a week. This keeps them from scratching stuff, without needing to be declawed. The cats seem to do just fine with them on.

http://www.softpaws.com/
Yep, that's what we use. Clip the nails before adding new softpaws, and they can last up to a month before falling off. It's way better than declawing, and you don't have to do all the other bullshit people are posting. I've tried all of them, minus the brass sheet metal. None of the other suggestions worked on our cat.

Besides, it's funny watching the cat shake her paws for a couple of minutes when you put them on. Be careful, though, that you don't accidentally glue your finger to your cats. They do not like it when you seperate.
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Get a big dog.

No seriously, I got my cat to stop scratching the couch by putting those sticky paw things on the areas I didn't want scratched... and she has 4 scratching posts.

I am not too sold on the "soft paws" thing... I find it quite difficult to get a cat to hold still long enough to do that. Also, they come off eventually, and it totally messes with my mind to see a cat with mismatched nails.

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Old 08-28-06, 08:16 AM
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The brass sheets on the woodwork will be much more effective if you also put one down on the floor and wire them up to house current so that a scratching kitty completes the circuit.
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Our dog used to jump and scratch the wall next to the door wanting to go out. We bought some 1/8" clear plexiglass to cover the area.
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Feliway. You'll pay about $35 for a spray bottle, but it'll last a long time and it's worth it.

Also, consistently redirect Bruce whenever he scratches someplace inappropriate. Part of his behavior is simple rules testing ... he's in a new place and is not quite sure what the rules are yet. Don't smack or punish him -- but firmly redirect him to an appropriate scratching area.

I don't trim my cats' nails because they won't hold still for me to. You might want to try that, and also check with your vet about SoftPaws.
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Spray bottle. If it's not an ingrained behavior, it's just a matter of attention and training.

Remember that the zen of pet ownership: the purpose of a pet is to keep you from becoming too attached to material things.
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Originally Posted by McHawkson
There's some product that give out bad odor (only animals can smell) that might discourage Bruce clawing things.
Sour apple
Old 08-28-06, 01:15 PM
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Hire ALF
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Originally Posted by Bushdog
Sour apple
Really? I never knew it was sour apple.
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Bitter bite works too.

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