The clinic has some suggestions for how to keep your cat - and furniture - happy. Here are some tips to keep your healthily-clawed cat from totally destroying your house:
1. If your cat has already selected a piece of furniture for scratching, cover it with a sheet, aluminum foil or even double-sided tape. This will help them learn that their "scratching post" is actually something you use for other purposes.
2. But you can't just cover the furniture. You need to provide alternatives. Put real scratching posts near the same area as where your cat was scratching before, if possible.
3. Make sure the scratching posts are sturdy - heavy and wide so they don't tip over.