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jean asked in PetsCats · 1 month ago

why do cats scratch the furniture and carpets?

7 Answers

  • 1 month ago
    Favorite Answer

    To shed the outer layer of their claws, to stretch and to scent mark. They will choose furniture and carpet if they have nothing appropriate to scratch. 

  • 1 month ago

    To sharpen their claws and to mark their territory.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Cats need to scratch in order to maintain the health of their claws. Declawing cats is cruel and inhumane, and illegal in many jurisdictions.  If you bring a cat into your household be prepared to provide it with an appropriate scratching post or surface. There is no need to sacrifice your furniture.

  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Because their owners allow it and don't provide scratching posts and climbing trees for them, nor clip their nails

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  • 1 month ago

    Instinct.  Cats need to sharpen their claws and keep them from getting too long.  That's their fingernails.  They keep growing.  In nature they instinctually know to wear them down as they get long or dull.

    Some cats will prefer a scratching post if you provide one.  Also, if your cats aren't declawed, you'll need to clip their claws.  Have your vet teach you how to do so without hurting them.

    But even without claws, the instinct is there.  My cats are front-declawed and they still go through the motions of scratching the couch because it's instinct.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    They cannot get outdoors.

    Supply them with a climbing tower. Cats like to be high where they can watch over their domain.

  • 1 month ago

    It’s to sharpen their claws. Their claws are their weapons and tools. They use it to climb. They use it to kill. 

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