How to Stop Your Cat From Scratching the Carpet

A cat who is scratching carpet in your home may be marking his territory, conditioning his claws or simply having a good stretch. Pet owners do not want their carpeting destroyed, though. Here are some tips to stop the behavior.

Use Corrugated Cardboard Scratch Pads

One of the best ways to keep a cat from scratching the carpet is by offering a permissible alternative. Corrugated cardboard box scratch pads come with catnip packets that attract a cat or kitten. They'll get onto the cardboard and it triggers them into scratching. Place the boxes where you catch your cat scratching the carpeting. Make sure you keep the pad laced with catnip and replace it when it wears.

Purchase Cat Furniture

Providing a cat with a carpeted post is a great way to get them scratching in one area. You may need to spray it with catnip oil to get his attention. Once a cat learns to use his climbing tree or kitty condo, he won't touch carpeting.

Disciplinary Measures

This works for some cats, but not all. If you catch your cat scratching carpet areas, squirt him with water. Reward the cat when he uses cat furniture or toys. The cat quickly learns what is acceptable and what he must avoid.