How to Stop a Cat Scratching Carpet Flooring? Cats rely on their claws and teeth to survive in the wild and to defend themselves from predators. When a cat scratches carpets or furniture it is instinctive for them to leave their territorial markings that say “mine” or “not mine”.
So if your cat has taken up scratching at your flooring you will probably find that they are doing it for one of three reasons: marking territory, feeling threatened by another animal (or person), or just as a way of relieving stress. Some cats will scratch at coarse carpets such as shag, while others love to stretch and jump on top of luxury carpets such as velvet.
Cats do not see well in the dark, so they rely on using scent to mark territory. To do this they will rub their face on a piece of furniture or carpet and lay down their scent. If you have more than one cat you will notice that there are clear markings between each cat’s sections of the house.
If your cat is scratching at the carpet it could be for one of two reasons:
You can try to train your cat, not to scratch carpets, you can put them in a room with concrete or linoleum-covered flooring – this may help to stop them from scratching carpet.
However, if you want to continue using the carpet, it is a good idea to get some advice about cat spray. This will help ensure that your cat does not return to its scratching habits and turn your expensive carpets into rags.
Whether you want to simply repair the carpet, or cover up the scratches with a new layer of carpet, there are several ways to achieve this.
Firstly, if you do not want to replace your whole carpet you can take a piece of Scratch Cover and use it with an iron. Ironing will melt the Scratch Cover into place over the top of your scratched carpet. This will cover up any imperfections and make it look like there was never any damage present in the first place.
Alternatively, if you would like to cover up the scratches as opposed to repairing the current carpet, you can use the Carpet Restorer Kit. This will re-stretch your carpet and then provide a protective coating. Your carpet will stretch back to its original size and will add a layer of protection against any further scratches.
The material used in the kits is 100% latex giving it a similar feel to your original carpet fibers. It will not change the texture of the carpet.
TIP: If you want to restore your carpet, or cover up scratches then it is a good idea to take some advice from a professional. This will help ensure that you choose a product that is suitable for your current carpet and will be able to cover up any imperfections.
If there is any clutter or loose rubbish that may be knocked over or caught on your cat’s claws, then remove it. If you have cabinets and other furniture that are at a height that your cats can jump up to, then do not allow them to do so.
Cats need to be kept entertained and stimulated to prevent boredom or stress. One way of doing this is through cat toys that can be bought from any pet store such as “Cat Dancer”. Cat toys also help to relieve any natural urges your cat may have, such as scratching and digging.
If your cat seems to like jumping on a surface, or scratching a particular piece of furniture then consider moving it. If you do not want to move the furniture then consider adding a carpet protector or “Scratch Cover” to it. The carpet protector will stop the claws from damaging your flooring and will be easily removable if you need to move the furniture again in the future.
If your cat has started scratching at your carpet you will probably find that they are doing it for one of three reasons.
One way of preventing your cat from scratching carpets and furniture is to have their claws trimmed. A simple way to do this is by using a simple nail trimmer that can be bought at any pet store. Do not attempt to trim your cat’s nails yourself, as you could accidentally cut their paw pads or claws. If you need assistance doing this it may be worth taking them to the vet, who will be able to trim them safely and effectively.
Many people are scared of cats because of how they behave. The fact is that self-cleaning cats rarely need any grooming unless you have an oriental breed, and the only thing you may have to do other than feeding them is to keep their nails trimmed.
Cats are wonderful pets, and given good care can live for many years. Before bringing a cat into your house, consider what kind of environment you can provide for it. A clean house with open spaces will help your pet cat live longer and healthier.
We hope this article has been helpful.