Not sure the type of advice I will get on this site, but it's worth a shot.
I just moved into a new apartment, a large studio with brand new cream colored carpet. How do I train my cat not to tear it up? I try the water bottle and squirting her, but the problem is she like to do it mostly at night when I'm half asleep or when I'm not right there to squirt her. I bought her a carboard scratching post thing this weekend and catnip, tried to put the catnip on it but still no luck she just rolls around where the catnip is. Any suggestions? I hear they make a citrus smelling spray you can put into the carpet that the cats don't like. Or is is bad to de-claw her? She is almost 5 years old. I don't know what to do!