Some behaviours of cats can be awkward for us. Certainly, they include scratching chairs, sofas or legs of an antique sideboard. Sometimes, also wallpapers, carpets or other household appliances are damaged.
The first stage of the strategy to teach the cat not to behave like that is to habituate ourselves to the fact that scratching is a natural, instinctive and inbred activity of cats, i.e. of tigers, lions or our domestic cats, and we should not even try to ban it. Scratching various objects raises the ‘standard’ of living of the animal because it has strictly defined goals. One of the main ones include marking of the territory and thus deterring intruders, but also muscle training and simply claws care (tearing off the outer skins of claws). Grooves on the scratched surface, secretion of glands odours and sweat pads, or remains of claws let other individuals know to whom a given area belongs. Brutal treatment of furniture is very often associated with the cats that do not leave home. However, sensitive cats, even when they go outside, scratch places where they feel safe, which is at home. They often mark centrally located objects, which additionally draws our attention. Cats show their inborn, self-praising behaviour, often getting some titbit from us as a reward and our interest, giving us in return give the information that they feel safe and secure here.
Watching the animal, we will be able to answer the question: