We love them, can’t live without them, but they sure can do a number on your furniture. From stains on carpets to ripped upholstery is a common sight in any pet lovers home. But there are certain solutions:

Keep out of reach
What do they say? “The most obvious solution is sometimes the best solution”. If you have certain items that you are particularly fond of or know will damage beyond repair after a claw or a paw has gotten a hold of it; keep it out of reach. And if you think a closet, cabinet or drawer is the answer; think again. Your pet is much more savvy than you might think.

Other scratching and chewing options
The fact that your pet will scratch and chew is a given, but there is a way that you can keep your household items safe against those teeth and claws. Get your cat a scratching post, and get your dog a few chewing toys. But pets (just like children) can be fussy when it comes to toys, so they may need some encouragement. A few new toy “play dates” with your pet might just do the
trick. If all else fails, you can opt for some double sided tape to cover areas that are pet crawling and scratching favourites or keep some water in a spray bottle nearby as deterrent.

Pamper time!
It’s time for damage control. Keep your pets nails properly trimmed. It is possible to do it yourself at home if you’ve received the proper advice, and you only need to do it every few weeks. You need to ensure that you use special clippers for your pet. And be careful; there are bloodlines in the claws which, when cut too short, will injure your pet.

Get grooming
Hair might not necessarily damage your carpet and furniture, but it’s unseemly and also sticks to clothes. Brush your pet regularly; not only will it take care of your problem, but your pet will love it.

Give them some space
Every family member needs some space for “me-time”. So create a pet-friendly zone where your pet is free to play, scratch and claw to their heart’s content. You can easily create this space by placing your pet’s food and water bowls, bed, and toys in a designated spot.

Always remember that although scratching and chewing is natural, excessive scratching and chewing might be a symptom of something else like a behavioural problem, sign of boredom, anxiety or stress and even dietary problems. Contact TipTop to find out whether your top dog is getting the
balanced nutrition he/she deserves.

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