My blogging friend Kristie inspired me when she wrote about her puppy Fergus tearing up his toys the other day.
Our youngest cat Dexter (3 years old) has shredded every piece of upholstered furniture in our house since we adopted him on December 31. I’ve tried everything to get him to stop. We have multiple scratching boxes around the house — which our 13-year-old cat uses constantly, by the way. I’ve put Sticky Paws strips on the furniture; these are basically double-sided tape strips that are supposed to discourage scratching. Dexter just shreds them right along with the fabric.
I’ve put spray bottles of water near all the furniture, and instructed the husband to help by spraying Dexter when he scratches. (I’m not getting much cooperation on that front…ahem.)
Thinking that maybe he preferred to scratch standing upright, I bought him a scratching post pad on a 45 degree angle. Wouldn’t touch it. So I bit the bullet and bought him a large Purrfect View Post (a sizeable investment, as you’ll see if you check out their website). He loves it — hurray! It’s big and very stable, so I think that was the key for Dexter. Mickey loves it too, and they play King of the Mountain to see who can stay on top longest — it’s cute and funny, and it’s great to see Mickey being so playful again. He hasn’t played this much for years. His preferred form of play lately has been to lie on the floor and swat at a toy I dangle over his head from a cat fishing pole contraption, which doesn’t keep him active enough.
But guess what? Dexter still scratches the furniture. Sigh.
(Note: I have no affiliation with the Purrfect Post company, but their product happens to be fabulous! Fast shipping, very high quality, and easy to assemble.)