Tips for Managing Kitty Chaos Around the House
Oh Boy! I'm assuming you aren't reading this because you are overly satisfied with your favourite feline's behaviour as of late. In fact, you might be a little frustrated and overwhelmed at their recent destructiveness. Or maybe this has been going on for a while, and you are finally fed up! Regardless of what brings you here today, we've got some kitty tips up our sleeve, sure to relieve your stress and your cat's destructive behaviours.
Before we move on to a couple of tips, we must remember that our cat's destructive behaviour is not personal. It's quite rare that your cat would be destroying your things as a way to mess with you. It's your cat's second nature to be extra curious, playful, and territorial. This is actually a really good sign of a healthy and strong feline. So how can we encourage healthy behaviour but try and leave behind destructive ones?
Pay Attention to Their Triggers
Different cats enjoy different things. That being said, pay close attention to the objects and furniture around your home that excite your cat. This could mean carpeting, couches, chairs, tables, beds, walls, doorways, and anything else you can think of. This will make it clearer for you how to move forward and address their destructive behaviour.
For instance, some cats just enjoy scratching to mark their territory. This is a common way to leave their scent around the house. Others might become more overactive at specific times throughout the day. This could indicate anxiety, hunger, or even boredom. Depending on your cat's triggers, you can target and get rid of destructive behaviours better.
Clip Their Nails Monthly
One of the best things you can do for yourself and your cat is to keep up with their grooming. The monthly grooming process involves checking their nails and trimming them as necessary. Take advantage of tools like the PlayPaw premium pet nail softener to gently care for your furry friend's claws.
Trimming your cat's nails once or twice a month will minimize their destruction around the house. If they get a claw at your favourite desk chair, their claws won't cause too much damage.
Extra Toys and Attention!
If you have an itch that your cat is getting bored, get them a few extra stimulating toys. That way, they will be entertained even when you aren't around. Leave a window open just for them to look outside of and connect a bit with their environment when you get a chance. Of course, give them a little extra attention when you are around. This could be cuddles, playtime, or any other form of bonding activity you and your cat enjoy together.
Invest in a Scratching Post
If your cat is more territorial, this may be the stem of their destructive behaviour. Getting them an elevated scratching post might be a good idea for cats who scratch walls and the side of couches. There are different types of scratchers for different cats. There are flat scratching posts for carpet and floor scratchers.
Your cat might even prefer a scratching post to the wall or floor because it is specifically for them. It's a great way to provide an outlet for territorial scratching that can ruin items around the house.
Make Destructive Behaviour Less Exciting!
If your cat has special places around the house you know, they go to for destructive activities, make those spots less accessible. A nifty way to get this done is by placing something like the PlayPaw scratch protector along the side of your couch to discourage scratching. Not only will it make it impossible for your feline to destroy furniture, but it will help manage their territorial behaviour.