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Tip 023: Catproof Your Furniture
Because of your cat’s heightened senses, your personal scent is discernable on everything you touch, including your furniture. If you like your sofa, so will she, even when you’re not on it. As far as kitty is concerned, it’s her furniture, too—so here’s how to do a little catproofing and keep it looking nice.
TOSS A THROW Draping an inexpensive throw blanket across furniture is a simple way to keep cat hair in one, easily-removable place.
ADD SOME CITRUS: Spraying citrusy smells on the corners of your furniture may deter your cat from lounging there. Just be sure that whatever you spray is safe for your cat and your furniture alike.
TRY BUMPY MATS: Plastic mats with raised bumps (sold in pet stores) can deter your cat from leaping onto the furniture. She may stay off it even after you’ve removed the mats.
GIVE YOUR CAT CHOICES: Give your cat plenty of nice, cushiony spots to sit, ideally elevated and close to windows for his viewing pleasure. The goal is to make better spots available—so he’ll want to spend less time on that boring old sofa. As with any training, reward your cat with verbal accolades, treats, snuggles, and brushing when he’s learned what you expect of him regarding the furniture. This will reinforce his success—and yours.