Why does my Cat Scratch the TV? (Reasons & Solutions)
Once I was watching a show about a cat that loved to scratch the TV. I was really interested in why the cat enjoyed doing this so much. After some research, I found out that there are a few reasons why cats like to scratch TVs.
First, scratching gives them a chance to stretch their muscles and sharpens their claws. Second, they might be bored and see the TV as a fun toy to play with. Third, they might be trying to mark their territory by leaving their scent on the TV. And finally, some cats just enjoy the sound that scratching makes.
In this blog post I’ll be discussing all the reasons in more depth and giving you some tips on how to stop your cat from scratching the TV.
Cat Suddenly Obsessed with TV
So you found your cat all in a sudden obsessed with TV, and you’re wondering why. There are a few reasons for this new obsession.
According to animal behaviorist Dr. Rachel Barrack, one reason could be that “the cat is attracted to the content on the screen, for example, if there are animals or birds outside.” If this is the case, try to keep your cat’s attention focused on the TV by playing with them or giving them a treat when they watch it.
She also explain that “Cats also love to stare at things that move. So if there are a lot of people or animals moving around on the TV, your cat will be fascinated by it.” If your cat is mainly focused on the movement on the screen, try to find shows or movies that have slow-moving scenes.
From these two explanations, we can see that there are two main reasons why cats become obsessed with TV: they either find the content interesting or they’re attracted to the movement.
What are the Reasons Cats Scratch the TV?
While everyone’s cat is different, there are a few reasons why cats in general like to scratch the TV.
Here I’ll try to explain the three most common reasons:
1. To Stretch Their Muscles and Keep Their Claws Sharp
One of the main reasons cats scratch things is to keep their claws sharp. When they scratch, it helps remove the dead outer layer of their nails and keeps their claws healthy. In addition, scratching gives them a chance to stretch their muscles, which is important for keeping their bodies agile.
2. They Might Be Bored
If your cat is bored, they might see the TV as a fun toy to play with. Scratching can be a way for them to relieve boredom and pent-up energy. If you think this might be the case, try to provide your cat with more toys and stimulation.
3. They Might Be Trying to Mark Their Territory
Some cats also scratch things as a way to mark their territory. When they scratch, they leave their scent on the object, which lets other animals know that it’s their territory. If your cat is doing this, they might be feeling threatened by something or someone in their environment.
4. They Might Just Enjoy the Sound
Finally, some cats scratch things because they enjoy the sound it makes. If your cat is attracted to the sound of scratching, try to find a toy that makes a similar noise.
How to Stop Your Cat from Scratching the TV?
Your cat might be scratching the TV for one of the reasons I just discussed, or it could be a combination of several. If you’re not sure why your cat is scratching the TV, try to observe their behavior and see if you can identify a pattern.
Once you know why your cat is scratching the TV, you can take steps to stop them.
Here are a few tips:
1. Provide an Alternative Scratching Surface
If your cat is scratching the TV because they need to sharpen their claws or stretch their muscles, try to provide them with an alternative scratching surface. This could be a scratching post, a piece of carpet, or anything else that’s tough and durable.
2. Keep Them Stimulated
Is your cat bored? If so, try to keep them stimulated with toys, playtime, and attention. The more they have to do, the less likely they are to get bored and start scratching the TV.
3. Make Their Territory Less Threatening
Its exactly what it sounds like. If your cat is scratching the TV because they’re feeling threatened, try to make their environment less threatening. This could involve removing any potential threats, such as other animals or loud noises.
4. Get a Noise-Making Toy
Does your cat scratch the TV because they like the sound it makes? If so, try to get them a toy that makes a similar noise. This could be a catnip mouse or a set of jingle bells.
5. Make Their Environment More comfortable
I always tell people that the key to a happy cat is a comfortable environment. If your cat is scratching the TV because they’re stressed or uncomfortable, try to make their environment more comfortable. This could involve providing them with more hiding spots, increasing the amount of playtime, or anything else that makes them feel more at ease.
These are just a few tips to help stop your cat from scratching the TV. If you’re having trouble, you might want to consult a professional. A behaviorist or veterinarian can help you understand your cat’s behavior and find a solution that works for both of you.
Why Does My Cat Paw At The TV?
Did I ever said you that cats are attracted to moving objects? If not, let me say it again: cats are attracted to moving objects.
This is one of the reasons why your cat paws at the TV. When they see something moving on the screen, they want to catch it. It’s as simple as that.
While something move on your LCD or Plasma, it looks like a big cat toy to them. So, they’ll try to paw at it and catch it.
If you want to stop your cat from pawing at the TV, there are a few things you can do:
1. Keep Their Attention Focused on the TV
You won’t be able to keep your cat’s attention focused on the TV all the time, but you can try. One way to do this is by playing with them or giving them a treat when they watch it.
2. Find Shows or Movies with Slow-Moving Scenes
Did you ever notice that your cat is mostly interested in the movement on the screen? If this is the case, try to find shows or movies that have slow-moving scenes.
3. Provide Them with More Toys and Stimulation
I personally think that one of the best ways to stop a cat from pawing at the TV is by providing them with more toys and stimulation.
4. Get a Scratching Post
What’s the best way to stop a cat from pawing at the TV? Get them a scratching post! Scratching posts are specifically designed for cats to scratch, so it’s the perfect solution. Not to mention, it’ll save your TV from getting scratched up.
Did Your Cat Bites TV and Break it?
If you scrolled down looking for this one, I’m sorry to say that there’s not much you can do.
Cats like to bite things for a variety of reasons, but it’s usually because they’re trying to catch prey or they’re feeling threatened.
The best thing you can do is try to provide them with more toys and stimulation.
You might also want to talk to your vet about it. They can prescribe medication that will help stop your cat from biting the TV.
TV Repairing Cost
I’m not a TV mechanic but to make this concept real clear I talked to a few. So mainly it vary from place to place, country to country and brand to brand.
As I live in USA (California) so I’ll be giving example from here only.
The cost of repairing a TV can range anywhere from $0 to over $1,000 depending on the severity of the damage and the type of TV you have.
If your TV is still under warranty, you may be able to get it repaired for free. However, if the damage is not covered by the warranty, you will likely have to pay for the repairs yourself.
Here I’ll try to give an approximately idea about the cost.
- LCD TV: $200 – $500
- Plasma TV: $300 – $700
- LED TV: $400 – $1,000
As you can see, the cost of repairing a TV can be quite expensive. If your TV is not under warranty, you might want to consider replacing it instead of repairing it.
The Consequences of a Cat Scratching the TV
I might not be an expert but I’ve seen it happening many times, let me tell you some of them-
1. Your pet might get injured
I hope it never happens to any of you but it’s a possibility. Many times we see our cats playing with their claws out and we think it’s cute, but it’s not.
If they’re playing too roughly, they can easily injure themselves. So, if your cat is scratching the TV, there’s a chance they could get hurt.
2. The TV could get damaged
This is probably the most obvious consequence of a cat scratching the TV. If your cat is constantly scratching the screen, it’s going to get damaged. And, if the damage is bad enough, you might have to replace the TV entirely.
3. You could get injured
This one is a little less obvious, but it’s still a possibility. If your cat is scratching the TV and you try to stop them, they could scratch you. And, if they’re really determined to get to the TV, they could even bite you.
4. Your cat could develop a bad habit
I always think that it’s better to nip a problem in the bud before it becomes a habit. If your cat is scratching the TV, they could develop a bad habit that’s hard to break.
5. It could ruin your TV-watching experience
This one is more of an annoyance than anything else, but it’s still worth mentioning. If your cat is constantly scratching the TV, it’s going to ruin your TV-watching experience. You’ll have to keep getting up to stop them, and it’ll be hard to concentrate on the show or movie you’re watching.
I hope I explained a lot about this topic. In short, a cat scratching the TV is not a good idea. It can lead to a lot of problems, both for you and your cat.
If your cat is scratching the TV, the best thing you can do is get them a scratching post. Scratching posts are specifically designed for cats to scratch, so they won’t damage your furniture.
You can also try to provide them with more toys and stimulation. If they’re bored, they’ll probably see the TV as a fun toy to play with.
And, if all else fails, you can talk to your vet about it. They can help you figure out what’s causing the problem and how to fix it.
Thanks for reading! I hope this was helpful. 🙂