Cat having a little too much fun with your furniture?If your couch looks like it was attacked, you might have some thinking to do. Cats will be cats, but you can discourage clawing by providing your cat with scratching posts in the rooms where he spends most of his time. You can also make a few smart furniture choices to ensure your home stays as scratch-free as possible.
Avoid Delicate TextilesSilk, tweed, and chenille look great as pillow covers and even sofa covers, but the fabrics are unforgiving and won't stand up very well to scratching. "Of all fabrics, silk is perhaps the most unforgiving of cat scratches," says Amy Kilvington from Wooden Blinds Direct. "The expense of this fabric also means it's especially disappointing when damage is done." Tweed is another fabric to avoid, as it snags very easily—tiny claws will pull out the looped fibres. "The texture of tweed is also appealing to cats and they'll be more tempted to scratch," says Kilvington. "Hairs can also become easily trapped in the fibers, and this is very difficult to remove." While chenille is a little tougher, cats love the texture, which means the chances of them clawing and scratching at it are pretty high—so your couch and your pillows will end up damaged sooner or later. A better option is synthetic weaves such as ultrasuede and microfibres, as both are highly durable, tough, and easy to clean.
Pick Metal Over Wood Whenever PossibleMost cats prefer something they can get their claws on at the right height, which explains why furniture with wooden legs is often a favorite scratching option. Switching to furniture with metal legs is an easy way to prevent this, says Adam Egarr from the Collingwood Batchellor furniture company. "And while there’s this stereotype with metal furniture that suggests it can be cold and boring, there are plenty of different styles and metal-wood combinations available," he says.