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Anyone have a cat that loves to scratch doors?

My cat won't stop scratching doors. We've tried spraying her with water whenever she scratches, or hitting the door from the other side to startle her... nothing works. Any suggestions? Wish she was a dog so I could just teach her not to!

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Behaviour modification in cats is virtually the same as it is in dogs. Learning theory is learning theory.

What size and material of scratching post does she currently have?

When she scratches is it because she's trying to get out or does she just like to scratch the door like she would a scratching post?

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I have scratching posts that hang from the doors. I also find my girl is more apt to scratch when her nails are in need of a trim.
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She's had four scratching posts- one with the same carpet material as our apartment, one with longer, scratchier material, a sisal post, and a cardboard scratcher. She refuses to use them, even when I rub catnip in them, and she doesn't scratch to be let in our out. She just likes to scratch smooth surfaces, I feel like, because she also goes for the mirror. I open the door when she scratches sometimes and she just sits there staring at it.

@SheetsSM, should I try trimming her nails shorter? I usually trim them to a good length for her because she gets so mopey when they're short.
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She's had four scratching posts- one with the same carpet material as our apartment, one with longer, scratchier material, a sisal post, and a cardboard scratcher. She refuses to use them, even when I rub catnip in them, and she doesn't scratch to be let in our out. She just likes to scratch smooth surfaces, I feel like, because she also goes for the mirror. I open the door when she scratches sometimes and she just sits there staring at it.

@SheetsSM, should I try trimming her nails shorter? I usually trim them to a good length for her because she gets so mopey when they're short.
Do any of the scratchers hang off the door? I have a variety around the house to include some that hang from door knobs--Karleigh (my cat) uses a different scratcher for different moods.

As for the nails, I cut them short enough that if I went any further, I'd be into the quick. As for being mopey, I guess it's up to you what matters most, a cat that's scratching up the doors or a cat that gets a bit mopey after a nail trim. My girl hates getting hers cut, but once the moment is over she's back to terrorizing whatever crosses her path which is usually the blinds or the goldens.
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Hang double stick tape in the place they like to scratch...they hate the sticky feeling...keep up with it and apply to places that they change to...
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Sounds like you really love your kitty - you got so many scratching surfaces!

You could try a piece of wood as the scratcher. Soft woods are best. Cover part of it in sisal rope if the cat seems confused about what to do. Some cats love actual logs or bark but untreated plank should work too. If smooth is what the cat likes you can sand it. You can even buy scratch posts of wood if kitty takes to it.

Cutting very close to the quick can be painful for the cat.

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I just put Soft Paws on both of my cats' front claws, and all door scratching and furniture snagging has stopped. Soft Paws are small soft, plastic caps that go over the cat's nail, then fall off after about 4-6 weeks as the nail grows. Then you just clip their nails as usual and reapply. I found Soft Paws while Google searching "alternatives to declawing" - my cats have had them on for a week or so, and they don't seem to mind them at all. Good luck!
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