How to teach my cat not to scratch

Kitten on the couch

Cats use their nails for everything: to mark their territory, to hunt, to play ... They are a fundamental part of the body of a feline, but of course, they can hurt us. It is true that when they are puppies they do not do much, but you have to think that they will grow, and when they do, then we could have problems.

How to avoid it? Very easy: not to let you use your nails with us. Read on to know how to teach my cat not to scratch.

As we said, these furry ones use their nails to and with everything. For this reason, it is very important that, from the first day you move in with us, we teach you that there are a number of things you cannot do, such as scratching. These animals can sometimes use their nails with others of their kind, and nothing happens because have a much thicker coat of hair than humans have. In fact, everyone knows that more than hair, what we have is hair that cannot absolutely protect against cat scratches.

So what do we have to do so that it doesn't scratch us? To get started, We should not play this way:

Cat playing and biting

If we do this, and also move our hand from one side to the other, what we will achieve is that the cat learns precisely to attack and bite us. Our body - no part of it - is a toy, so we must always have a cat toy (a rope for example) that is in the middle of the two. The animal must play with his toy, and have fun with the human who takes care of him, who must also have fun with him.

The games do not have to be "violent" or "rough", but rather "soft." If your cat intends to scratch you, immediately stop the game and start doing other things. Little by little he will learn that he cannot scratch humans.

Good courage, and be patient, that in the end the daily work will pay off 😉.


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  1.   Monica sanchez said

    We're glad you like it, Coralia 🙂.

  2.   Monica sanchez said

    Hi, Diana.
    To learn not to bite you, you have to stop the game as soon as you see that it intends to do so, or leave it on the floor if it was on a high surface (sofa, bed, table, ...).
    En this article You have more information.
    A greeting.

  3.   ESTHER said

    Good morning,
    And if you scratch the wall but to remove some stickers / vinyls that are attached, how do you correct this behavior? or how can we fight her without being scared? or without being scared?

    1.    Monica sanchez said

      Hi Esther.

      Try distracting her with a rope. If she is young or a nervous cat, it is also important to play with her for an hour each day (divided into several short sessions) until she gets tired.

      In any case, if you want me to stop doing that, it is advisable to spray / spray, in this case the wall, with something that smells of citrus (orange, lemon,…). Cats don't like that scent.

      Regards!