Your cat scratches to shed old worn nails to reveal sharp new ones. She also scratches to mark her territory with scent from glands in her feet. This scratching leaves a visual marker too. Thus you may never completely eliminate your cat’s scratching but you can reduce the scratching of your personal items such as the sofa, drapes or carpeting. Purchase scratching posts and pads and place them near your cat’s favorite inappropriate scratching areas. Redirect her to these posts without fuss whenever you see her scratching your things. Just pick her up and move her. Cover your targeted belongings with aluminum foil strips or double-sided tape. These materials feel weird to your cat and will deter her from scratching. Reward and praise your cat when she goes to the appropriate scratching posts and pads on her own. For more information, contact your Kennesaw Mountain Animal Hospital.