10 Ways To Keep Your Cat From Destroying Household Items

10 Ways To Keep Your Cat From Destroying Household Items

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Cats are adorable and cuddly creatures. However, they can be a real nuisance when they start tearing up your furniture or scratching up the walls in your home. The good news is that you do not have to live with these destructive habits! In this blog post, we list 10 ways you can keep your cat from destroying household items.

Table of Contents

  1. Make sure your cat has plenty of toys to keep them entertained
  2. Provide a scratching post or pad for your cat to scratch on instead of furniture or carpets
  3. Keep the litter box clean and change it often so that they don’t use the floor as their bathroom
  4. Use a water bottle with a sipper top to encourage your cat not to drink from their bowls, which can make them sick 
  5. Put the sticky tape around any cords that lead into wall outlets or other areas where cats might try and chew through them.
  6. Cover up anything you don’t want to be scratched by placing plastic wrap over furniture legs and edges until the damage is fixed
  7. Buy some Feliway spray
  8. If possible, buy items made only with materials that are safe for pets – these items will be labelled either “pet friendly” or “cat resistant”
  9. Invest in new toys for your cat on a regular basis
  10. Have patience! It may take some time for your cat to stop scratching
  11. Conclusion

1. Make sure your cat has plenty of toys to keep them entertained

Cats are very playful, and they need a lot of entertainment in order for them not to get bored and go on the hunt for things around the house that can be torn apart or clawed at. Giving your cats many different types of toys will help ensure that something is always available when they want it! This also helps with reducing the amount of damage done by scratching up items such as sofas and chairs. 

There are even some awesome DIY toy ideas out there, like making little mice out of old socks filled with rice, or a scratching post out of an old tree stump! You can also try hiding a toy or two around the house for a kitty to find; this is especially fun if you have more than one cat in your home!

2. Provide a scratching post or pad for your cat to scratch on instead of furniture or carpets

This is a great way to keep your cat from scratching up the furniture, as well as provide the kitty with an activity she can engage in. Scratching posts come in many different shapes and sizes – some are tall or wide enough for even big cats to stretch out on, while others have multiple levels for climbing.

3. Keep the litter box clean and change it often so that they don’t use the floor as their bathroom

Cats are very clean creatures, and it’s important to keep their litter box area free of any smells. If the kitty has an accident on your floor or anywhere else in the house, then they will try to use that same spot again when you aren’t looking! Changing out cat litter at least once a day is best if you have time.

4. Use a water bottle with a sipper top to encourage your cat not to drink from their bowls, which can make them sick 

It’s always best to keep your cat hydrated by encouraging them to drink fresh water from their bowls. However, some cats like drinking out of the faucet or other sources around the house – and if they aren’t careful about where these things are located (like next to a dirty plate!) then this can result in illness due to bacteria.

5. Put the sticky tape around any cords that lead into wall outlets or other areas where cats might try and chew through them.

This is a great way to prevent your cat from getting electrocuted, as well as avoiding any nasty shocks. Cats are natural chewers and will often try and nibble on cords if they’re left out in the open – so it’s best to take some preventative measures!

6. Cover up anything you don’t want to be scratched by placing plastic wrap over furniture legs and edges until the damage is fixed

If your cat is scratching up furniture, one way to stop them temporarily is by using some plastic wrap. This will prevent the kitty from being able to reach the areas she’s trying to scratch and will give you time to fix the problem or get a scratching post for her.

7. Buy some Feliway spray

This is a great product that can help your cat feel calm and comfortable. Oftentimes, cats get stressed out due to moving homes or changes in the environment – even if it’s something like adding another pet into the mix! This spray will mimic natural pheromones produced by their mother while they were kittens.

8. If possible, buy items made only with materials that are safe for pets – these items will be labelled either “pet friendly” or “cat resistant”

It’s always a good idea to check the materials of any new furniture or appliances before you bring them into your home, as cats can be very resourceful when it comes to finding ways to destroy things. There are many items made specifically for pet owners that will resist kitty’s advances – such as leather sofas and chairs.

9. Invest in new toys for your cat on a regular basis

Cats love playing, and it’s important to keep them amused with new toys on a regular basis. This will help to prevent them from getting bored and resorting to destroying household items instead.

10. Have patience! It may take some time for your cat to stop scratching

Remember that cats are extremely intelligent creatures, and it’s important to be patient with them while they learn new things or find ways to keep themselves occupied playing or chewing on toys instead of furniture! If you want your house back in one piece then patience is key – if kitty doesn’t get what she wants (like a nice scratching post) then she’ll just have to find something else that suits her needs!

 

11. Conclusion

The best way to prevent your cat from destroying household items is through supervision. If you are home during the day, keep an eye on where they play and what areas of the house they have access to so that they can’t get into trouble with your furniture or other belongings. Creating kitty-proofed zones in your home will also help curb their curiosity if you aren’t around to supervise them all the time. We hope these tips were helpful for solving this common problem!

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