As cat owners, we often get to spend many joyful moments with our feline friends, however, we all know that suspicious sound of footsteps on a surface where they shouldn’t be, and although you can sometimes find your cat in some rather funny places, ultimately if you don’t want your cat to be walking around on your furniture, then it can be a hassle having to shoo them off every time they get up there.
Trying to keep your cats off your furniture is a difficult task, they’re curious animals and are incredible climbers, so they’re naturally going to make their way up your furniture at some point, but if you’ve decided that you don’t want them to become regular visitors, then you need to quickly lay the ground rules about them staying on the floor.
So, if you’re looking for some of the best ways to keep cats off furniture, then simply read on, and we’ll provide you with everything you need to know!
Preventing Furniture Adventures
We’ve come up with three ways that you can try to prevent your cat from adventuring and finding their way onto your furniture, depending on the cat, these methods will either work or they won’t, so it’ll be a case of trial and error in order to figure out what works best for your feline friend!
Put Things They Hate On The Counter Or Furniture
We’ll admit, this method is somewhat petty, but one of the best ways to prevent your cats from climbing onto things that you don’t want them to is to simply place things they don’t like on top of the furniture.
Things such as unusual textures or unpleasant smells will all help to deter your cat from trying to make its way up, and it’s the best way to do so that doesn’t involve directly punishing the cat too!
Some of the best things that you can place on top of these surfaces include aluminum foil, which cats are renowned for hating due to the texture and sound it makes when they find themselves on top of it, so adding some strips of foil to the edges of your furniture might be the perfect solution to your cat's curiosity.
If the foil isn’t working, you can always try double-sided tape, as cats tend to hate anything with a sticky texture, but although it’s affordable, there are some potential downsides.
The first is that you’ll likely need to replace it quite often, and secondly getting the leftover residue from the tape off of your furniture can be a struggle. So use it on hard counter tops only, and avoid using it on your couch!
The final option is to use some plastic carpets, especially the ones that have small nubs on the top, since most cats hate this feeling, they won’t spend much time on top of them, which should help to deter them from jumping up there in the first place.
It’s worth giving these methods a try first, as it’s not you directly that is scaring your cat, which will help to ensure that your cat doesn’t become scared of you, just the furniture!
Give Them Something Else To Climb
Making their way up to higher ground and climbing up things is typical cat instinct, it’s something they did for thousands of years in the wild before they were domesticated, so we can’t really extinguish this instinct entirely, so instead of completely banning them from climbing altogether, why not provide them with something of their own to climb?
Cat trees, as they're known, are one of the best investments you can make for your curious climbing felines, and the tree will allow them to scratch, climb, and explore to their heart's content, all without damaging your lovely furniture.
This is a great way to give your cat some high ground and will save you the hassle of having to chase them off every countertop or couch in your home.
This might not be enough to appease your cat, however, as one of the reasons that cats sometimes try to find their way onto furniture is in order to find food, so if this is the case, and your cat is currently at a healthy weight, you could attempt to free feed your cat, however, this isn’t recommended if your cat is overweight, so instead you should maybe try to feed them more frequent, but smaller meals throughout the day.
Spraying Your Cat
If your cat is really mischievous and is constantly making its way onto places where it simply shouldn’t be, and you’ve tried the other methods extensively, then your final option is to use a spray bottle to spray your cat when it misbehaves.
But, this should be done as an absolute last resort, and depending on the cat, it can cause severe stress, so start out with a small spray of water, and see how your cat reacts to it.
If water isn’t proving to be effective, it might be time to begin to make your own solution to help deter your cat from jumping and climbing onto the furniture, and this spray can be sprayed onto the furniture itself, as opposed to spraying your cat.
Things such as vinegar or citrus smells are two things that most cats will seriously dislike, so mix some citrus oil or apple cider vinegar with some water to create your own solution, and you’ll be ready to go.
It’s worth testing this solution on a small patch of furniture that you can’t see usually, just to make sure it doesn’t cause any damage or spots on the furniture itself
We hope this guide has helped you to keep your cats off the furniture in your home, thank you for reading, and good luck!
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