Your cat scratches to remove old worn outer layers of nails to reveal sharp new ones. She also scratches to mark her territory using 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 may reduce the amount of damage to your personal belongings. Provide scratching posts and pads and put them near her favorite inappropriate targets such as your sofa, drapes or carpeting. Whenever your cat scratches your belongings, redirect her to the scratching posts without fuss. Never yell at your cat or punish her for scratching. Cover the inappropriate items with aluminum foil strips or double-sided tape. These materials feel weird to your cat and will deter her from scratching. Praise her when she uses the scratching materials on her own. Be patient and use kindness when teaching your cat. Learn more from your best veterinary clinic East Indianapolis, IN.