One of my cats loves books, but that's not a good thing. She loves to claw the bindings of my books. And, she really loves to chew the covers of paperback books. If you have cats that like to scratch, you may find your books in serious danger. Here are a few tips for protecting your books from cat claws. Read on.
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- Enclosed Bookcase
If your cat(s) can't reach your books, scratching claws can't destroy book spines and cause other damage.
- Library Door
Keep the door of your library closed (to avoid accidental enticements for your cats, particularly if your cats have already demonstrated a profound interest in clawing or chewing your books).
Keep food away from books also makes them less of a draw for mice and other critters (although mice sometimes chew books for nesting supplies).
- Feliway (or other Calming Oil/Essence)
Feliway spray calms your cat(s), which is supposed to help prevent scratching. Avoid using spray or powders near your books, but you may consider using the diffuser to help prevent your cats from destroying your books.
- Shelve It
Your cat may enjoy clawing stacks of books, so make sure you don't leave stacks of books around your place. When you're not reading the book, put it out of your cat's reach (preferably back on the shelf).
- Cardboard or Poster Board
If you've tried everything else, and you still can't prevent your cats from scratching your books, cut out a large piece of cardboard or poster board and attach it to the front of your bookcase. You can also use a piece of wood, but cardboard or poster board is usually cheaper and easier to manage. The idea is to enclose your bookshelf, but this option is cheaper than purchasing an enclosed bookcase.
- Scratching Post/Pads
Cats may use the books as a scratching post. But, if you give your cats the real thing, you may avoid the problem. Here are scratch pads you can create. Franny also offers tips for how to discourage illegal clawing, along with other aids to prevent destructive scratching.