When two items you love both don't get along, it stinks.
Just take your cat along with the gorgeous sofa you splurged on. It appears she is placing to spite you, turning your room. Along with the sofa sides, they're essentially asking for this torture, they look damn scratch-able. You are stuck in a shredded seat along with a furbaby.
Designer Ray Booth of design firm McAlpine, who possesses two felines of his own, has this to say: "In my experience, it is ideal to not tempt the kitties with fabrics that entice their desire to file their claws! Cloths on surfaces are the worst when it comes to bringing the kitties. Often, they are looking to eliminate the outer layers of the claws as fresh claws grow. Also, it feels great to get a stretch of the vertical surface!"
In other words, in case you purchased a sofa with loose-weave or looped upholstery (think routine linen), this dilemma is all on you. The best method to stop cats from scratching furniture is to avoid it altogether. When your couch is dressed in a finely woven cloth-like suede (fellow and designer cat proprietor Michael Formica's pick) or a synthetic indoor-outdoor cloth, your cat is going to have a harder time getting her claws into it, and hopefully, the couch will turn out to be not as interesting for her.
If you're not prepared for upholstery, you could always give your cat a distraction a try. "What I've found helps with Gary, our cat, is we have the same scratching post we've had because he was a kitty, and he still uses it and that he doesn't assault the furniture," says Michael. "In our home, it has been an issue of amusement -- giving the cat adequate alternatives not to deny them this daily ritual. On scratching posts, thick rugs have been accepted in our home to Auvie and Roust's enjoyment. Bound rope also presents an attractive scratch-able and attackable surface."
What ever route you decide to go, it is ideal to remember Michael's wise words: "Cats with claws, they do exactly what it is that they do."
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