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Maggie's Mom
30th December 2006, 01:19 AM
Maggie is 7 1/2 months and loves to scratch my leather furniture. We have 2 cats who do not scratch and now she has started. She seems to be looking for something inside and between the cushions. Any suggestions on how to stop the scratching before I need new furniture.

lily
30th December 2006, 09:23 AM
hi maggie mom.... lily does that on my knee digging....

sorry no advice this is why i dont let lily on my sofas as i wont take the risk....

sure someone will offer some advice as sofa are expensive to keep replacing.... :flwr:

merlinsmum
30th December 2006, 10:48 AM
Oakley does the same digging thing - we just divert his attention onto something else (Merlin has never been a digger so it must be from Oakley's dad as they have the same mum)

Cathy Moon
31st December 2006, 12:00 AM
Both India and Geordie tried that when they were younger. I was very firm and removed them from the sofa immediately when they did it. They eventually stopped doing it.

Barbara Nixon
1st January 2007, 08:19 PM
Are you sure there is nothing there? It's amazing how tiny a particle of something attracts them. Joly and teddy were trying to dig under our gas fire this morning; all for a tiny treat which have fallen under there, at least two weeks ago. I don't know why they suddenly discovered it.

Denni
7th January 2007, 04:05 AM
I always thought that was a "nesting instinct" as my dogs would do that before they would lie down. I always tell them no and they settle down.

Moviedust
7th January 2007, 04:11 AM
If it isnt a nesting behavior--scratching around and moving in circles--there could be something, even just a scent, on the cushions. Perhaps someone dropped something and picked it up, but the scent is still there.

Have you cleaned and wiped the furniture? Aside from that, saying no and redirecting the dog is the next step.