My cat recently started clawing furniture. He's 4 and never did this before. Nothing has changed in our household. How do we stop this?

Neutered male, healthy, has all claws, we keep trimmed regularly. No issues prior to this, have scratching posts, toys, etc. and he's playing, getting plenty of attention., seems happy

Asked by Zanna

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Hi Zanna, cats scratch to keep their claws in good condition but it’s also a way of marking their territory and it may also be related to stress. If all’s okay with his feet, then think about why he might feel the need to increase his marking. Is any of the furniture new? Are there any changes in his environment that may trigger some subtle stress and trigger a need for him to scratch? Perhaps a new animal or human guest has made him a little anxious? Feliway can help with this, it’s a pheromone based product that reduces anxiety in cats. Your next step is to keep him away from the furniture with barriers - put the scratching posts in front of the furniture. Some have found that putting aluminum foil on the furniture for a little while puts their cat off. Another thing to consider is to offer him posts of different heights and materials, as he may have preferences. Lastly, some people have found soft paws nail tips help - they don't necessarily stop the scratching but they can reduce the damage done to the furniture. | 10.23.15 @ 00:22
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