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My Cat is a Feline Furniture Shredder

Your cat Theodore has developed a new television series concept. Theodore’s working title, “Shredders of the Week,” follows cats who have distinguished themselves in the furniture-shredding field. Since Theodore created the concept, he wants to be featured in the pilot, so he’s been practicing his techniques during every spare minute. For several days, Theodore has systematically clawed and shredded your living room furniture into small bits of colored fabric and stuffing. When Theodore tires of his clawing work, he switches to gnawing your furniture’s wooden frames and legs. While scratching helps Theodore trim his claws and build his paw muscles, his methods are completely inappropriate. You don’t care if Theodore’s TV project goes bust; you’ve asked your veterinarian from Hancock County to give your headstrong cat some much-needed behavioral counseling.

Learn more about additional tactics that might work.

Duller Daggers, Decreased Damage

If Theodore’s claws are duller, he’ll be less capable of digging your furniture to smithereens. Ask your vet to clip Theodore’s little claws during his next regular checkup. If your furniture won’t survive until then, schedule a brief nail-clipping appointment now.

Irritating Scratching Experience

Theodore keeps shredding your furniture because it’s fun. To discourage him from future scratching exploits, make his next scratching session a horrible experience. Cover your furniture with sandpaper or plastic wrap, both of which Theodore will hate.

When Theodore’s dainty paws rub against the abrasive sandpaper, or get snagged in the clingy plastic wrap, he’ll probably be so shocked he vacates the premises to regroup. Since Theodore will most likely return, keep the nasty covering on your furniture until you’re completely convinced Theodore has given up the ghost.

Pleasant Scratching Alternative

Now that Theodore’s on the defensive, refocus his attention by providing a similarly textured scratching surface. If Theodore’s currently working on the couch, place a carpeted or sisal-wrapped scratching post near that poor furniture piece. If Theodore’s focused on furniture legs, position a cedar scratching post adjacent to that chair or table.

No Punishment for Your Feline Offender

Theodore’s clearly not your favorite cat right now. In fact, you’re ready to give Theodore a serious “time out” until he reconsiders his behavior. However, don’t punish your little delinquent, since he won’t understand what he did wrong. Also, Theodore will expect that same punishment whenever you approach him. And realistically, punishing Theodore won’t change his behavior; he’ll just wait until you leave to work on the next furniture piece.

Keep introducing new scratching objects to hold Theodore’s interest. Ask your Hancock County vet if spraying a feline pheromone on the items, or sprinkling intoxicating catnip on them, will keep Theodore so entranced that he forgets about the furniture for good.

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