There’s nothing like a beautiful new furniture set to transform the look and feel of your living room. But for millions of cat owners with pets who scratch, investing in new furnishings can seem off-limits.


At Normandale Veterinary Hospital in Edina, we know that cat owners love their pets in a way that transcends material things. But that doesn’t mean it’s wrong to want your furry feline pal to stop shredding your sofa! That’s why we’re sharing our best advice and tips for handling a scratch-happy cat. Check out this guide and then give us a call to schedule your pet’s next appointment with one of our veterinarians.

Why Cats Scratch

The first thing to know about cat scratching is that it’s necessary and natural for your pet. Scratching keeps your cat’s claws sharp by removing the nail’s dead outer sheath. It is also an important social tool for cats to mark their territory, signaling your cat’s rank to other pets in the household with scent glands between a cat’s toes. Finally, scratching provides much-needed exercise, strengthening a cat’s upper body.

1.   Don’t react after the fact.

We often don’t realize our pets have wreaked havoc on our homes until after the fact. It can be tempting to punish or yell at your cat after discovering she has been scratching your furniture, but you’re only going to confuse and scare her. That’s because cats have short memories and can’t make the connection between your yelling and a thing that happened at an earlier point in time.

2.   Invest in a scratching post.

Providing your pet with a designated scratch zone is a great way to show you care and protect your furniture at the same time. Scratching posts are designed to be ideal spots for scratching. Place your cat’s scratching post in a location she’ll want to use it, like near the front door or close to where she sleeps.

3.   Trim your cat’s nails regularly.

Keeping your cat’s nails trimmed will help to reduce her urge to scratch up your furniture. A cat’s nails should be trimmed every two to three weeks. Because a cat’s feet are highly sensitive and many cats don’t like their feet to be handled, professional grooming is a good way to get her claws trimmed safely.


Schedule Edina Cat Grooming Services

Are you training your cat to keep her claws off of the furniture? Call Normandale Veterinary Hospital to schedule animal grooming services today at 952-831-8272 or contact our veterinarians online. Your sofa will thank you!