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Particularly a new chair I bought. I put aluminum foil (taped) all around but that didn't last too long with a baby (who also likes to play with the chair). I know I should cut their nails more often, but I'm not too keen on getting scratched.<br>
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The scratching post with rope rubbed down with catnip works pretty well for us. Ours also like cardboard.
 

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I've never found cutting the nails to detract my cat/cats from clawing stuff, if anything it seemed to make the problem worse (but that could be my experience only).<br><br>
What works for me is to keep a vertical corrogated cardboard cat-scratch post at every entrance point in a room where I have furniture I wish to protect. This is what my cat prefers, yours might like something different.<br><br>
I also keep the most tempting parts of furniture covered up with something thin, like a pillow case. Keeping it loose and drapey is key--the cat won't claw it if doesn't stay put <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">. We have all leather furniture and keep it nice and new this way.
 

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Nice, long scratching post (something the cat can stretch out fully and scratch fully). Rubbing some catnip on it is nice as well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I've heard double sided sticky tape can be used to keep them from scratching a particular area.
 

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I couldn't help but notice your post; I have a new couch and a cat bent on tearing it up. I've been keeping a stash of stuffed animals and chucking them at the cat anytime she attempts to scratch it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: It's not gentle discipline, it's probably totally ineffective, but it makes me feel better. So I guess I'm lurking looking for more positive ideas...
 

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<a href="http://www.softpaws.com/" target="_blank">http://www.softpaws.com/</a><br><br>
We use these (or similar) on our cats.
 

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You could also try squirting them with water when you catch them scratching. That and more scratching posts ought to do the trick.<br><br>
If you want to avoid being scratched by a cat who's not used to having its nails trimmed, try wrapping him or her in a towel.
 

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Try a felix cat tree company scratching post. It's made of sisal carpeting-type material (most cats like this MUCH better than sisal rope). It you are stuck, use the back of a carpet. Check out the links on <a href="http://lisaviolet.com/" target="_blank">http://lisaviolet.com/</a> for many more good ideas. Can you trim nails while your kitty is sleeping or drowsy? Also sometimes it's best done as a two-person operation.<br><br>
Keep trying and best of luck! Whatever you do, don't declaw...no matter what some vets say to make a buck, it's a terrible operation.
 

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You can also buy a product at pet stores called sticky paws (I think that's the name) It's basically just large strips of double sided tape. That worked with our new couch. We also would pick the cat up when it started to scratch and take it to an acceptable scratching pad.
 

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my cat won't stop tearing up my couch, no matter what I throw at him, squirt him with, how often I clip his claws, scratching posts/pads, nothing. I finally took a fitted sheet, put it over the couch but under the seat cushions, then put a flat sheet over the cushions like a slipcover, and covered the whole thing with a pretty tapestry/bed cover that a friend got me in India. The kind that hippies hang on their walls (no tomatoes, it used to hang on MY wall, next to one that looks like peacock feathers arranged in a circle <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">), you can get them for $20 at any head shop. He can't scratch anymore and everyone is happy.
 
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