Scratching is a necessary behaviour for a cat. The scratching help your cat keeping her claws in good shape, but also keep her upper body loose and strong. After each time the cat scratches a surface, she will leave her smell for others to find. This is the way she creates her territory even this always happens to be in your living room.
Cat must scratch and possible will destroy your home furniture. As prevention way, redirect your cat scratching to a dedicated object and this actions requires time, patience and flexibility. You must give her something of her own from grooming her claws on your furniture.
Nowadays, there are wide range of sizes and structures of scratching posts that you able get from market. Please observe your cat what she does scratch and type of structure that she preferred. Most cats have their own preference as to the structure they scratch on. Experts discourage providing carpet-covered posts, especially if you have carpeting in your house. Your cat won’t understand the difference between the carpet on the scratching post and that on the floor. They both feel good to her.
When your cat is scratch, they like to extend their entire body or sometimes just work their shoulder muscles. If your cat is one of the former, you should give them sturdy and tall surface. No matter what your cat like to use, the scratching surface must stable. When your cat begins scratching and suddenly post falls, your cat will scare and not going to use it again.
The location of the scratching posts needs to be considering as important factor. If you observe your cat, you will notice scratching post where your cat most likes to scratch and spend a lot of time. This is a reason why so many cats ruin their owner’s easy couch. She is marking your spot as her territory and claim ownership over you just in case some other cats come in and get wrong ideas. Please take note that your home is her territory and it is encourage place scratching surface throughout the house such as bedrooms, kitchen and living room.
You have to retrain your cat if your cat scratching furniture instead of dedicated surface. When you catch her scratch on inappropriate area, pick her up and take her to proper scratching surface. It is best way lock her in one room when you cannot supervise her. Be sure put food, water and litter box inside the room together with scratching surface. It is preventing your cat from scratch your furniture when out of your sight.