DIY trick to prevent cats from scratching rented furniture: “shiny”

A woman’s DIY project used to stop cats from scratching furniture is considered a great idea on the internet, and people can’t stop talking about it.

The video revealing all the details was shared on TikTok on March 31 by TikToker @permablep. The post, which has garnered 8.4 million views and 1.5 million likes so far, is captioned:

“For all my cat owners who live in tiny places because the rent is too expensive, this is what I did to save space, money and my furniture. They stopped to even scratch cat posts because they like it more. Put some catnip in there for a little spice if you really want it.”

According to the Humane Society of the United States, cat scratching with their nails is completely normal, and it’s an instinctual behavior for them. They feel like scratching, and it’s an act done to express their emotions, a way to mark something with their own scent, or even a way to remove the dead parts of their fingernails. Sometimes they do it just to stretch, so it’s a widely expressed trait in cats.

The 27-second video showed the TikToker’s cat scratching its nails on a three-foot section of wall in a corner covered in beige carpet from Lowe’s. The carpeted wall reached at least four feet and there was also a socket near the cat.

The feline happily scratched with both paws as the TikToker talked more about the hack she came up with. “I’m not going to tell you what to do, but I’m going to tell you what I do, and I put carpet on my wall. And you know why I did that? It’s because it was only a little over five dollars because it was on sale at Lowe’s.”

The cat looked at its owner scratching as its owner talked about the viral carpeted wall.

“And it’s a tamper-proof hold, so no one is in danger,” the TikToker revealed. “And also, you can put it on a wall without a power outlet nearby. But my cats love it.”

The feline bit the carpeted wall while scratching it several times during the short clip, clearly having fun. The TikToker approached the busy cat using the wall as its personal scratching post, pausing to look at its owner and wading through the air with its mouth open at the same time.

“They stopped scratching all the fucking walls and other furniture, and I didn’t have much space because my space is really small,” the woman continued. “So they fucking love this thing. So go crazy. Put carpet on your wall. Who the fuck gonna stop you?” The cat began to walk away before the video was cut off.

In a comment, the TikToker revealed that she put the carpet on the wall with “a few small nails”, adding, “It leaves small holes, but I promise you they are easy to fix so your landlord doesn’t. ever need to know.”

A do-it-yourself hack to stop cats from scratching furniture is gaining praise online. Here, a cat scratching a post with its nails.
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Over 7,600 comments were received on the DIY idea, and many people thought it was an awesome way to keep cats from scratching on things like expensive furniture. “Omg my cat would go crazy for this,” one TikToker admitted. “Look around to see which wall to wallpaper.”

Others praised the TikToker for its thoughtful idea. “You have a climbing wall for your kids (the cats), you’re the cool mom,” said one netizen.

A viewer thanked the clip’s creator, adding, “I don’t even have a cat, and I feel like I need a carpet wall.”

Some pointed out how much the cat seemed to like the carpeted wall in the clip. “The cat definitely went crazy on that wall,” one viewer pointed out.

People really seemed to approve of the DIY idea, and one viewer called it “so awesome”, adding, “I’m about to move into a little studio apartment, my cat would love it.”

Other appreciation comments included things like “That’s a great idea”, “Just a great and informative video, thank you”, and “This cat is having so much fun with the d**n wall.”

However, one viewer mentioned that it’s only an option for people who don’t have carpet for their floors. “Otherwise you are teaching your cats to destroy your soil,” they wrote.

Newsweek contacted TikToker @permablep for comment.

This isn’t the only viral video involving cats. A cat falling asleep in a bowl has a dotted Internet. A room full of wall-mounted cat shelves has gone viral. Also, a cat came home after hearing her kitten cry.

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