There are several methods for making an old scratching post undesirable to cats (such as drapes or the arm of the couch). On the surfaces, plastic or Saran wrap, as well as double-sided adhesive tape, can be highly useful. Cats loathe the way this feels on their paws, so sandpaper or a vinyl carpet runner (turned upside-down to expose the knobby feet) can be used on furniture or the floor where the cat would stand to scratch. You should strategically place your new scratching posts near these ugly areas to allow your cat to scratch an appropriate surface.
For a multitude of reasons, punishing your cat for scratching is a bad idea. You might injure him. Because he doesn’t understand why he’s being punished, he may associate awful things with you. It’s also counterproductive because most cats will learn to scratch while you’re not there rather than when you’re present.
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