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Dear Christopher Cat

My cats scratch the carpet in only one area: where it wraps around the top step of the staircase. They also use the nearby scratching posts, seasoned with catnip. How can I keep them from scratching the carpeted top step?

Christopher Responds

We cats prefer scratching objects that don’t tip or move – like carpeted steps. So if your scratching posts are unsteady, add a stable one.

Although my home has several stable scratching posts, the five cats in my family enjoyed sharpening our claws on one corner of the living room couch.

Mom covered the corner with a series of materials we cats avoid: double-stick carpet tape, aluminum foil and heavy plastic.

Those worked for a while, but eventually we cats removed the coverings and resumed scratching.

Mom finally stymied us with a SSSCAT deterrent. When its infrared sensor detects movement, the unit sounds a warning and hisses a burst of compressed air that so startles us cats that we sprint to the far end of the house.

If you set a SSSCAT device at one end of the top step of your staircase and aim it along the step, your problem should be over.

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