Why Cats Scratch: How to Stop Your Cat From Using Your Furniture as a Nail File

All cats are compelled to scratch as part of their natural behaviour. They scratch to sharpen their claws, to mark Scratching posts for catstheir territory (through the scents left behind on the glands of their paws), to remove dead parts of their nails to make the nail thinner and sharper, and to exercise. This behaviour is completely normal, in fact it’s instinctive, and it’s impossible to stop a cat from doing it. The question is, how do you get a cat to stop using your brand new furniture, the speakers on your sound system, or even your laptop bag and other personal accessories?

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