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I grew up with cats and I'd really like to have one myself now. I live with my husband who doesn't mind them as such, but we have quite expensive furniture which the cat could ruin so that's the one thing that stops him from giving his full ok.
Errr, now I'm stuck and I suppose he's right, the chances of a cat ruining some of our things are quite high but I guess I'm hoping for some ideas of how I can prevent this.
I've read about soft paws but I can't put those on when it's a kitten right? Clipping nails will still cause damage if the cat is naughty and persistent. Help me!
Anonymous:no hope for me then, our couch is very destroyable !
You are right about the pet slave part, and that's exactly what my husband doesn't like and tolerate.
There are a couple of solutions, As a kitten you can get him used to trimming and filing his nails , you should make sure to play with his paws all the time and touch and pet them constantly! (I also recommend doing this with his belly, Don't know if you ever noticed it but a lot of cats hate being touched in their paws and belly or even back, older cats can result to aggression if they feel too uncomfortable with this, a cat that is used to it since a young age will be much more relaxed) getting him used to that at a young age will help you trim his nails or even put soft paws when he gets older.
Soft paws by the way come in all sizes, from kitten size to large dog size so of course you can put them on a kitten, just get the right size I do think you should wait until he is at least a few months old before starting though because I used the smallest size and I would say it would fit a 3-4 month old kitten not younger, but until then again, you can trim and file his nails make them round so he won't do any damage. (kittens should be separated from their mothers only at around 10-12 weeks anyways so you might have to wait only a month or so before they fit him.. they might fit him right away)
I got my current cat when he was only 3 weeks of age.. and as far as I recall he only started scratching at around 4 months and even that he did (and still does) in his litter box.. so I wouldn't worry too much
You can also get him used to scratching posts, of course with positive reinforcement and never scolding because if you scold a cat he will do the opposite haha
Also as alfinnlay mentioned you can use sticky tape, or foil (anything that will make him feel uncomfortable) to prevent him from going on the couch (even kitchen counters). I do not believe in using a spray bottle though, the idea is to make him scared of the object or uncomfortable with it not to make him scared of you.. spray bottles are just like yelling, he's not afraid of the object he is afraid of you yelling/spraying him so he avoids doing that behavior around you since he knows whats gonna happen, but once your not around he will be right back on that couch! if he's afraid or uncomfortable with being on the couch he will just avoid it altogether.
there are things like air bottles though that go on automatically. you put it on the counter for example and when the cat passes by it it blows strong air at their face .. but I never tried those before, I think sticky tape or foil will do the trick.
so yeah whatever you decide to do there are many solutions, millions of people have cats at home, you can be sure not all of them are spending all day worrying about the cat tearing up the house, its just a natural thing for them to scratch, if you provide them with solutions like soft paws (which they can still do the motion of scratching with but without making any damage) or a scratching post there is no reason for you to worry
Anonymous:Thank you all for your really nice answers and taking the time to help me
Foil and tape won't be an option because there's too much couch and kitchen top area to cover and that's again something my husband doesn't want because he's like "this is MY house, why should I put foil everywhere?!"
I wanted a small cat, I'm in love with the Singapura breed, but they are probably too active.
Maybe I just have to wait it out and ask him again in 10 years when our furniture is "old"
People are waiting to help.
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