How to train your cats not to scratch

How to protect your furniture from pet claws

This maybe one of my more random blog posts, but I think it’s something many homeowners can relate to. How does this relate to interior design? Let me explain..

As you may remember, I have two little monsters who have taken a liking to scratching anything they can get their adorable little paws on. Our new upholstered dining chairs now have strings hanging off, and our family room area rug is now fringed on the ends because Shiloh likes to hide water bottle caps under it. She’s a strange one, that girl. Ryan suggested we get “anti-scratch” tape from target, but as it turns out the tape is basically only double sided tape. So not only did it look terrible, everyone’s clothes kept getting stuck to it. (I almost would have preferred the plastic furniture protectors my Grandmother used to use. Almost.)

“They” say online to spray the cats with a water bottle when they’re doing something wrong, but my cats don’t mind getting sprayed. Seriously, Jack just rolls around like it’s summertime in the sprinkler. I’ve caught him trying to eat chili off the stove top, and playing in the sink with the dishes. But that’s besides the point…

After meeting with a client who also has cats, she recommended these cat claw caps. They got amazing reviews on amazon, and they also come in sizes for dogs and come in different colors if you’re feeling adventurous (aka a crazier cat lady than me). :) You definitely need two people to apply them because they are applied with animal safe glue (I glue my fingers together multiple times), but they are definitely worth it and have been holding up pretty good so far!

See how this relates to interior design? Now I don’t have to put tape on my beautiful new-ish furniture, and don’t have to worry about two adorably curious kittens literally hanging on my dining chairs by their front claws. Wow. No wonder my nephew says that I’m lucky that I’m married. :)

How to train your cats not to scratch

Look at that mug! :)


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