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Stopping Cat Scratching

One of our cats is an inside/outside cat. He came to us as a very skinny stray with his neck and one front leg stuck through the top of a Mason jar. DH cut him loose and this cat has not left our property since. He is neutered and he LOVES to be inside with us. But yet he LOVES to be outside too. He's one of those who wants to be out when he's in and in when he's out. Recently he has started to scratch and dig at the carpet at the front door and he has succeeded in pulling it up and even ripping some of the carpet out to where all you see is the bald underside.

What can I do to make him stop doing this?

We live in a split level and we spend most of our time in the downstairs family room. The front door is obviously on the ground I do not know when he is doing it to do something as simple as spray him with water or shake a soda can of coins.

A cat door is NOT an option because we also have three full-time indoor cats who are front-paw declawed and, therefore, cannot go in and out like this one can. Plus we live in the country and don't want curious raccoons, possums, squirrels, mice, skunks, etc to come in...


Asked by AllAboutKeeley at 10:26 PM on Mar. 4, 2011 in Pets

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Answers (7)
  • I hate declawing but I know some people have no choice. Usually catnip scratching boards or climbing tree homes help

    Answer by Nitestalker at 1:35 AM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • get him the emery cat board. it is infused with catnip and files their nails. Im not sure what the name is, you can google it. Its like Emery Kitty or something like that. Im sure you can buy it at walgreens and it runs around $10.

    Answer by leksismommy at 10:45 PM on Mar. 4, 2011

  • Look into Soft Paws. They're little vinyl covers for the claws, and are humane - declawing is not. You can cover just the front paws and leave his back claws without the covers so he can defend himself if need be while he's out and about.

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 10:48 PM on Mar. 4, 2011

  • Seconding Soft Paws. Does he have a scratching post?

    Answer by makelineerror at 10:53 PM on Mar. 4, 2011

  • My cats have a scratching post but they don't use it.

    Answer by dancer at 8:42 PM on Mar. 5, 2011

  • ... you may need to work a bit to find the right scratching post for your cat ... and train him to use it. Some like vertical, others horizontal. Some like carpeted, twine, cardboard, emery, etc ...

    You can trim his nails (maybe) and they'll cause less damage.

    Answer by JZ10FPM at 10:00 PM on Mar. 6, 2011

  • get him declawed.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:31 PM on Mar. 4, 2011