Help me pick a sofa that my cat won't want to destroy
October 5, 2006 11:29 AM Subscribe
What sort of sofa is my scratch-happy cat least likely to destroy?
posted by tastybrains to Pets & Animals (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I have 2 cats - one of which never learned not to claw furniture. She destroyed our sofa (which was covered in a tough chenille type fabric) which we've slipcovered with a cordouroy type fabric and she doesn't seem interested in touching it. Instead she has directed her claws to the canvas-like covers on our Ikea chairs, which she's been shredding for quite some time despite use of Sticky Paws, double-stick tape, Feliway, squirt bottle training, etc.
We've used Softpaws, but after an incident where she got her Softpaw caught in a tight spot and nearly declawed herself, we've let her run around au naturale.
Declawing is not an option, despite the times I've threatened her with chopping her little feets off.
So, basically I'm looking for suggestions with regards to what sort of sofa is she least likely to want to destroy.
Do cats like to claw leather? Am I better off sticking with less expensive furniture that I can replace the slipcovers on (e.g. Ikea's Ektorp line)?
Someday I'd like to have nice things, but I don't see the point in buying a nice sofa if it's just going to become another scratching post.
And yes, we have many real scratching posts and she uses those too. She just likes the Ikea chairs better.