Cats scratch to sharpen their claws and mark a territory with their scent. They may also scratch because the scent gives them a sense of security and just because they enjoy it. Most cats don't damage your wood floor or furniture, according to the Feline Advisory Bureau. Even those that destroy your wood items don't do it to spite you. If your cat has damaged a prized wood item, you can repair the scratches in about an hour.
Wear a dust mask to protect yourself from sanding dust.
Rub fine steel wool against the damaged area until you wear down the wood to the bottom of the scratch. Follow the grain of the wood when rubbing to prevent new scratches.
Sand the scratched area of the wood if the fine steel wool does not sufficiently wear down the wood.
Dampen a piece of rag with mineral spirits and use it to wipe the sanded area. This removes the sanding dust and helps the filler material adhere to the wood.
Transfer a glob of wood filler to the lid of the container and mix it according to the product label instructions.
Use a plastic putty knife to scoop some mixed wood filler and apply a thin layer of the material to the damaged area. Fill the scratches and don't worry about applying too much material. Let the wood filler dry for the amount of time prescribed on the product label.
Sand the wood filler lightly to smooth the surface and make it even with the rest of the wood.
Remove the sanding dust with a rag that has been dampened with mineral spirits.
Use a lambswool roller or natural bristle brush to apply a varnish or polyurethane that matches the color of your wood item to the newly repaired area to help it blend with the rest of the wood.
Tips & Warnings
- Provide your cat with a scratching post to allow it to scratch without damaging wood materials.
Things You'll Need:
- Dust mask
- Fine steel wool
- Mineral spirits
- Wood filler
- Plastic putty knife
- Lambswool roller or natural bristle brush
- Varnish or polyurethane
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