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I've got 2 indoor/outdoor cats, both about a year old who INSIST on using the sofa and the piano seat as scratching posts. Mind you I bought a really super (or at least I thought it was super) round scratching post made of carpet and rope with a cute little pompom on a spring at the top to play with. Do you think those cats will use it? NO WAY!! Do you think they'll use a tree outside? NOPE! I've covered the back of the sofa (the preferred spot) with double sided tape, but that only encouraged them to move to the front of the sofa.<br><br>
Any suggestions?<br><br>
Thanks,<br>
Sandy
 

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do your cats respond to catnip? if so, you can try rubbing dried catnip all over the new post. they will LOVE IT.
 

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Are you being consistent (as much as is reasonably possible) about disciplining them when they scratch where you don't want them to, and praising them when (if) they scratch in a better place? You might try, when they scratch on the sofa, moving them to the post.<br><br>
You may also need to experiment with different materials on posts. Try a different kind of carpet, sisal, or wood. Also, while most cats prefer a tall post that allows them to stretch to their full height while scratching, some do like the kind of scratching pad that just lies on the floor or is at a slight incline. There are cheap cardboard pads like this you could try.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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My kittens love the cheap cardboard scratchers that are impregnated with catnip. I've read to buy one of each type, cardboard, sisal, carpet, to see what they like.<br><br>
I squirt them with a squirt bottle of water when they scratch anywhere but the posts. I have 3 different scratching devices plus a kitty condo that they scratch. I praise them like crazy and pat them when they scratch the posts.<br><br>
Another thing I've noticed, when they start scratching alot, it means they need their claws clipped.
 

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my big guy isn't sensitive to catnip AT ALL, so any time i've tried to train him to use a scratching post, it's never worked. he prefers a plain ol' sisal floor mat...just a cheapie from target meant for wiping feet. he plucks at it until it's all bunched up and then moves to the other side to straighten it out and then he just plops right down on top of it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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We have the same problem (but they use the sewing machine table). I first bought the one with catnip and they could care less (though love the catnip filled bed) and then I went to a hanging scratcher made of rope that I hung directly on the drawer of the sewing table and they STILL preferred the wooden leg. Then I purchased a little tower with carpet for the base, rope for the tower and the little ball on top. Our youngest Shelby, scratches on the carpet part. Other than that nothing. The boys occasionally use the leg of the sewing machine, but I found that being consistant with discipline really helped. They only ried a few times to scratch on the sofa.
 

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my cats love cardboard. i got a neat scratching post thing it is like a plastic case and i can get refills made of all different materials and i tend to put a lot of catnip under the cardboard to get the attention of kitties. the scratching thin i got can be wall mounted left on the floor put on a door and put on the wall so it's at an angle. my cats won't use a door scratcher or wall mounted so right now it is on the floor. i suspect they would enjoy a scratcher at an angle but have yet to mount it like that. also one of my cats is very fond of my antique victorian rocking chair. since getting the scratching post he leaves the chair alone most of the time but i suspect that eventually i will need to get my chair reupholstered and when i do i will choose fabric that will either not interest my cat or will last a long time with my cat scratching it. when i bought the chair it had been reupholstered at some point in the past (certainly isn't victorian fabric covering it) for me part of having feline roommates means saving money to eventually reupholster furniture. luckily i own very few pieces of furniture that can be damaged by cats and it isn't because of cats i is just the furniture i have chosen to buy also luckily my cats don't really cause much harm to anything except the antique chair and thats easily enough fixed.
 

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Ditto on trying other scratchers made with different material. One of our cats prefers ground scratching, the other upright. Might also be that your post is too small for them to stretch out on completely? Once I finally found a (free, curbside) large cat tree it made a big difference in how often they used the scratching tree. I also have 2 chairs that were curbside found & am lucky that those are really the only furniture that they've ever bothered to try scratching on - since I don't mind it so much cause they're, you know, not so great.<br><br>
An idea (for your piano seat at least) would be to make a 'cheapie' slipcover out of something like a smooth vinyl tablecloth (you could just cut & tape it together to cover everything). That's a pretty good deterrent that can cover it when you're not using it. Not sure about the sofa. . . I'd get a cardboard scratcher or sisal rug & put it nearby & try to direct them to that (& put catnip all over it) and that may help. You can slowly move it away as they use it more consistently. Wicker and baskets can also be options they like to scratch on and could be worth trying. Depending on where they scratch on the couch, you could also cover it with a blanket/sheet for a while to make it less interesting, then clean the heck out of it to get their scent off of it & make it smelly like 'you' while they use their new scratchy thing.
 

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My cats would never scratch the carpeted posts but they go NUTS for the seisal post. I've had this same seisal post for 5 years now and the cats never get sick of it. It came with catnip in it but I'm sure it's gone by now.
 

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Oh I can relate! We have acres of excellent scratching trees and they STILL like to scratch furniture. We find that if we frequently take the tiny sharp tip off the end of their claws that it cuts down on scratching.
 

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I have one cat who loves the cardboard scratchers (and sometimes the sofa <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> but the other one loves the carpet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"> (bad since I am in an apartment) and the back of one of my third generation chair. I wish you the best of luck. I will keep my fingers crossed for you!
 
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