Cat Behavior : Ways to Stop Cats From Scratching Furniture


There are many ways to stop cats from scratching furniture and after searching around the internet for a bit, I’m found a number of them to share with you.

According to Drs. Foster and Smith, there are three keys to getting your destructive kitty cat from turning your sofa into cole slaw.

Their prescription is described as the three D’s.

3 Ways to Stop Cats From Scratching Furniture

If your cat is clawing away at your patience and leaving the edges of your furniture in tatters, your best strategy is to follow the 3 D’s: Deter, Displace, and Dull.


The three D’s include making your cats favorite scratching area less pleasant to scratch, finding some OTHER place for the cat to scratch, and training your cat to scratch that instead.

We have to keep in mind that cats have an inherent, genetic need to keep their claws sharp and in good shape.

Clawing also provides the cat with some necessary exercise that keeps their shoulder muscles, legs and paws strong and ready for anything.


In addition to keeping their paws strong and limber, cats also have scent glands in their paws. The act of scratching releases this scent on to the object in a form of territorial “marking”.

With some patience and persistence, the Three D’s might work, but I think the key here is persistence for sure!

Other sources on the internet reveal some other ways of stopping your cat’s furniture fixation.  Wikihow outlines 11 steps in their method.

How to Stop a Cat from Clawing Furniture

A cat doesn’t scratch to give you grief. A cat scratches because it’s a form of exercise for the cat’s muscles from the claws right through to the legs and shoulders and down the back, and as a means for toning.[2] In addition, scratching also sharpens claws and cleans them. A cat that doesn’t scratch will have underdeveloped muscles, something that can lead to other health problems. Cats also scratch to scent-mark territorial areas with their paws, which have scent glands usually indistinguishable to humans but very distinct to other cats, dogs, and many other animals.


I especially like the final step at Wikihow.  They encourage patience and understanding.  Patience and persistence are once again, key elements in this process.

While these articles provide some wonderful tips, I know from personal experience that getting your cat to stop scratching the furniture is much easier said than done!

I purchased a fancy, multilevel cat tree for Pomegranate and he still prefers our new furniture, but I have no intention of giving up.

That darn cat will learn to not to scratch the furniture or I’m gonna die trying to teach him.

While there is no sure fire way to stop your cat from scratching your furniture, if you follow the suggestions given, apply some love, patience and persistence, I’m sure you’ll eventually have a felicitous feline who is happy to scratch his cat tree and leave your furniture alone.

Here’s a video with even more tips …

If you have any additional suggestions on how we can prevent our precious pets from tearing our furniture to shreds, please do share it in the comments below.  We’d LOVE to hear from you.  And please don’t forget to share this with your friends!