Why Does My Cat Scratch The Wall

Why Does My Cat Scratch The Wall

Cats scratching on various surfaces like furniture, pillows, walls, and mats is a common behavior. But what prompts this habit? And how can we deter them from scratching where we don't want them to? Let's delve into the reasons behind why cats scratch and explore some methods to discourage this behavior.

So Why Do They Scratch Walls?

Cats scratch various surfaces for several reasons, often benefiting themselves while inadvertently causing damage to our furniture. Yet, that's part of the territory when we choose to have them as our furry companions. To navigate this, it's essential to delve into their scratching behavior and gain a deeper understanding of why they do it.


Your wall turned "whetstone"

To your cat, a wall isn't just a wall—it serves as both a whetstone and a gym. Much like a whetstone, when cats scratch surfaces like walls, they're sharpening their claws. Scratching helps shed old layers of claws, making way for sharper ones.


A message to other cats

While sharpening their claws on the wall, cats also leave behind "scent messages" on these surfaces. These messages aren't perceivable to us humans, but they serve as communication signals for other cats, especially if there are multiple feline companions in the household.

Cat was here

Cats, like many animals, are intensely territorial creatures. They have various methods of marking their territory within your home, some of which may go unnoticed by us. You may have pondered why some cats urinate on your belongings; the truth is, they're simply staking claim to what they perceive as their territory. When it comes to scratching walls, the evidence is hard to miss—you might even catch your cat in the act.

Keeping your cat's claws off the wall: Prevention and Solutions

I get it, constant scratching can be frustrating, especially if it's causing damage. But fear not, there are ways to deter this behavior.


1. Diversionary tactics:
If your cat loves the texture of your walls, provide an alternative scratching surface. Invest in a scratcher or scratching post tailored to your cat's preferences. There's a wide variety available to cater to their scratching needs.

2. Repellents:
Discover scents that your cat dislikes and use them to repel them from the walls. Citrus or lemon scents often work well. Apply these scents to the scratcher you've provided to encourage your cat to use it instead.

3. Declawing:
Consider this option only as a last resort. Declawing can have significant psychological effects on your cat and is generally not recommended by most cat experts. Exhaust all other options before considering this drastic measure.

By employing these strategies, you can help prevent your cat from scratching your walls and maintain harmony in your home.




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