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my kittens keep pulling the rug??? hellp!?

they are 4months old, a boy girl, fixed.they keep scratching and pulling up the edges so that its coming up in strings/scrunched threads. I've tried blocking the area with objects, and a scratching post, b4 but they just go behind it somehow or go find somewhere else to pull up the rug. i've tried to remove them from the area when they do and say things like no off..but of course being cats they dont listen to me :(how can i make them stop????????????? any help would be amazing! thanks in advance!!

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I had the same problem with a 2 month old kitten and a 12 year old cat. First, every time I see them scratching the rug, I carried them over to the scratch post and gently lift up their paws and place them over it. To further encourage this, I have 2 cat treehouses - so when I'm playing with them I also deliberately scratch the posts of the treehouses, and the cats would come running (because of the noise) and incidentally scratch the posts trying to reach for my hands. I also hold up their toy mice over the posts so they keep scratching over the posts. I kept doing that and although they did still scratch the rug, they didn't do it as often. I did eventually remove the rug and they only scratch the posts now, they don't even scratch my furniture anymore. I don't know, maybe I just got lucky. I just feel so much pride now when I see them scratching the posts.
Aug 23, 2017
In general, cats don't listen. You have to beat them at their own game. Make sure they have a scratching post to get their scratching needs out. If they don't seem interested, rub some catnip on the post. If they continue to scratch the rug, sit by with a squirt bottle and squirt them the next time they do it. Cats hate water and it won't take long before they learn to leave it alone.
Aug 23, 2017
hey sweetie,thanks for answering my question!!xx my advise may seem abnormal or even crazy but if u leave orange peels or even full 2ltre bottles of water in the corners of ur rug and orange peels on a plate lol, the orange citrus scent cats hate and the water in the bottles they are afraid of or unsure of,my mum and granny done it for their gardens as they had no bother with cats inside and it worked a treat!! also.If it does not work im sorry but it should! keep me updated petxoxo hope ive helpedxxxx
Aug 23, 2017
why are ppl so nasty.... if you don't like cats don't answer cat questions... anyway, i'm haveing the same proble with my kitten and i have two scratching things, one post and one cardboard thingy both with catnip... he's not interested. but i have a sound i make when he's bad that he doesn't like it's like a loud chhhht. and when i do it he stops and runs away to do something else... he comes back but it will take awhile... the spray bottle idea was good too.... they just have to learn what's good and what's not just like dogs
Aug 23, 2017
This is how cats get excise. To make her stop get a scratching post, or treat her everytime she stops doing it. XX Lemons, cat lover
Aug 23, 2017

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