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My elderly father's cat keeps scratching the stair carpet, he had been trying pet-shop remedies without success, we bought him Emmy's to which he baulked at the price, but used it nevertheless. It worked a treat, he ran out and tried the pet-shop ones again as they were cheaper, but didn't work. So he's back to Emmy's again, still moaning about the price but the stair carpet now remains safe!
This product really does seem to work for our two cats. They are seemingly repulsed by the spray, and the youngest runs away the minute the spray bottle is picked up to spray the couch. The other cat, while he rarely scratches now, HAS tried once or twice to put a claw in our new couch. I've been spraying this lightly, as directed, on the sides, back and corners of the couch for about 10 days now. I'm happy with the product as far as it keeping the cats away.
HOWEVER...be careful, this stuff has a "soapy" compound in it (saponified coconut). It has left a coating on my couch that is slightly sticky or tacky! I'm not going to spray any more...the cats seem to be fairly used to not scratching, but I may turn to the tape product which I also purchased if I need to keep deterring the scratching. I think that it might be possible to make this type of product without saponified oils...maybe with JUST the rosemary, which provides the strong smell. I just don't want a soapy coating on my brand new couch! I'm a bit disappointed! The photos show the slight discoloration where I sprayed my taupe/champagne colored couch. The side photo shows it best. The seat picture is to show what the couch looks like when it has NOT been sprayed. All-in-all...I take the blame for letting it get a bit discolored...this is a light colored sofa, and this product has a soapy compound in it. BE CAREFUL if you choose to use!
The effect of this product on my cat's behavior was immediate. Thank goodness! I was at my wits end on what to try next. For the first time, I had adopted an older cat rather than a kitten, and all of my patented training techniques were not working. He was destroying my furniture, carpet, ate all my house plants, and owned the dining table. He did not care about "the bad kitty bottle," no interest in cat nip, and not very food motivated. Double sticky tape would stop him in his tracks but never stopped him from trying and as soon as the tape fell off he was back into whatever. I sprayed this product in all his favorite scratching spots, immediately he left them alone. I sprayed it around edges of the dining table, he hasn't been on it in 24 hours. He's actually using the scratching posts/cat furniture I got him and strategically placed around the house. Plus, unexpected bonus, the dog has been giving the dining table a wide berth too. I'll see how the fading procedure goes but so far this product is voodoo magic sent from behavioral heaven. 100% recommend.
Because I’m a sadist, I decided to buy a new-to-us couch two weeks after bringing home two kittens. Our previous couch had been all scratched up by our older cats, so I wanted this new couch to avoid that fate at all costs. With a disbelieving and disapproving husband tsk-ing me, I did some research and decided to couple this spray with big pieces of cat tape for the sides. Thank goodness for same-day shipping! I ordered everything the day I picked up the new couch, but there was a six-hour window where the kittens were yelling “thanks for the new scratching post, Mom!” Of course, because they are cats, they went straight for the couch and it took a lot of diligence to keep them from scratching.
Six hours later, the Amazon box shows up and I immediately put the tape on the sides and spray this all over the arms and back of the couch. It has a pretty strong smell that I don’t love (but have gotten used to), but my husband walked in and asked “What smells so good?” For what it’s worth, his favorite smell is lemon grass, so this is better suited for people who love that smell. But who cares if it’s strong when it WORKS! It hasn’t stopped the cats from going on the couch (which is good because we like cuddles), but they haven’t scratched it in the last 5 days since we got the couch and tried this spray. I don’t think I needed to get the cat tape at all (they preferred scratching the arms anyway).
I’m following the directions and sprayed 3-4 times a day the first few days, but now I’m just going morning and night. Hopefully they’ll just learn that the couch isn’t theirs and I can stop the routine quickly.
Literally within a minute of spraying every square inch of my chair my cat climbed up on it. It’s almost as if the spray attracted her because she was in a different room! Unfortunately this clearly has not worked.
I chose this brand because A) It has the best rating, and B) it was the most expensive. I assumed the high price was reflective of the quality. You know what they say about assumptions. Yup, they made an a** out of me.
I sprayed the areas in my home that I didn't want my cat scratching. I should back up and explain my cat very rarely scratches anything that she shouldn't, but after I saw her stretching out up the front of my Polk Audio tower speakers one night, I jumped online and bought this after an hour of research.
So back to spraying. I removed the fabric speaker covers from the towers and tried a test spray and let it dry. Test one passed, no staining. So I then soaked both fabric covers and let them dry, the replaced them on the towers. I also sprayed the corner of my couch where the little kitty always stretches out.
So what was the result? Belly laughs from the son and wife when the cat came in the room and was instantly drawn to the new smell. She rubbed her face in it over and over and for a week now, continues to stretch out on the one speaker tower and corner of the couch. She does not scratch or claw at them, but then she never did. But now this smell seems to be permanent (I'm sure it's not) and therefore it draws her to these places far more often. She likes the smell is what I'm saying. I keep looking around for the "punked" cameras...