Why is my cat scratching the walls


Both of my kitties are a bit older than a year old. They can play in boxes, a large cat condo, a scratching pad, and an abundance of toys. But one of them has taken to scratching at the walls, inflicting harm. She keeps scratching in other places even after placing double-sided tape on her preferred area.

When she is bored, sleepy, or just awake, she will scratch to gain attention. This is a new and annoying habit. It does not work to yell at her or reprimand her. My veterinarian recommended seeing an animal behavior specialist, but I can not afford him. I would be grateful for any workable advice on how to put an end to this conduct.


It is normal for her to scratch, but move her! @FeatherFriendFiona The Solution is to play interactive games and wand toys to burn off energy. As you monitor it…

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Hi, Cats have a natural instinct to scratch surfaces to sharpen their claws, mark their territory, and stretch their muscles.

Wall scratching? Try this!

  1. Tall Scratch Post: Get a tall scratch post (like sisal or cardboard) by the scratched wall. Rub catnip on it for extra kitty fun!
  2. Playtime! When your kitty eyes the wall, distract her with a toy. Playtime is tiring and keeps her from clawing.
  3. Box It Up! Put a cardboard box with catnip near the scratched wall. Boxes are like catnip to cats (literally!)
  4. Sticky No-No! If the wall is super tempting, cover a small area with sticky tape (cats hate it!).
  5. Praise the Post! When she uses the post, give her a big “good kitty!” Positive reinforcement is the best!

It’s normal for cats to scratch objects in their environment for many reasons: To remove the dead outer layer of their claws. To mark their territory by leaving both a visual mark and a scent – they have scent glands on their paws. To stretch their bodies and flex their feet and claws.

Scratching is not only a way for a cat to release excitement but to mark territory with scent glands in their paws; she probably wants to descent her home too because you brought home weird smells.