Oh Cats!

we-cant-have-nice-thingsSo this is what our couch looks like (both arms)! I don’t even know what to say!

catch-scratch-couchSeriously though…I could use your help! Do any of you know of any great ways to keep a cat from mangling the furniture at every possible moment? We trim her nails regularly, play with her often, and have scratch pads and posts galore (which she does use). We’ve tried repellent sprays, and even aluminum foil at one point (that was a cute look), but despite our best efforts, every day our couch is steadily being shredded into ribbons. Buying a kevlar couch isn’t really an option…so if you know of a solution (no declawing), I’d love to hear your suggestions! Thanks in advance!

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  1. Maria Anne / / Reply

    I have the same problem with my cat, except he freaks out when I try to clip his nails, and he ignores the 3 scratching posts I’ve bought him. Sticky paws works, it’s just wide double sided tape. It’s a bit shiny but it’s not super noticeable. My couch is already destroyed though, so I don’t even know why I bother. :(

  2. Julia S. / / Reply

    We may have the same couch… And the same cat? I found these clear strips at Target (I think) that are adhesive on both sides. You stick them down the corner of the couch and when the cat goes to scratch, its nails get stuck and it’s a pretty unpleasant sensation. Didn’t take long for my cat to move on to other pieces of furniture, but my couch is doing pretty well! You can peel them off when they’ve picked up lint and aren’t as invisible anymore and replace them with new ones.

  3. julia / / Reply

    I put two sided scotch tape up and down all arms and outer corners of furniture. If you are entertaining and feel that it has gotten unsightly just pull it off and redo after guests leave.

    • Jennifer / / Reply

      I second this. Double-sided tape is the only thing that’s worked in my house, they can’t stand the sticky feeling.

  4. Karina / / Reply

    A second cat! A single cat in an apartment is basically wrong… Poor kitty! :(

    • Jordan / / Reply

      While I agree two cats are better than one (speaking from current experience) it doesn’t mean they won’t keep scratching your couch (speaking from said experience). Now I just have two cats scratching and they both respond to different methods.

    • Shirley / / Reply

      I completely disagree. Cat’s are by nature lone creatures. When I had two cats they would fight all day long. Now, my one cat is pretty darn happy so don’t go feeling sorry for the cat.

      To the problem at hand: you must find multiple substitutes for your cat that are appealing to him or her. My cat has so many scratching posts that he wouldn’t aim for the couch at all. if your cat is a low cat (likes to spend time on the floor) get the cat a short scratching post. If the cat likes being high up then get your cat a cat condo. It works!

      • Ez
        Ez / /

        Hmm…well we do only have the one cat, but she and our dog are best friends (playing together/snuggling all the time). How can I tell if our cat is a floor or elevated surface cat? She primarily hangs out on the floor and likes to hide out behind things…so I’m guessing she enjoys the floor? But she does like exploring the countertops every once in a too. Maybe she like both? I’m thinking the cat condo might be a good thing to try! Thanks!

      • Alice / /

        Of course there are cats that prefer no company, but most do like it form my experience. I have 3 cats, and they are all fine.

        As for low/high cat Ez: your kitty seems to enjoy scratching the couch standing up, so I would buy her a scratching tree of the same height (or bigger with shelves) as the couch and just put it next to it. In the mean time, I’d cover that part of the couch with a blanket. After a while, hopefully, the cat will choose her scratching tree over the couch. I would also gently remove her from the couch any time she tries to scratch it, and transfer her to her tree.

        How to make the scratching tree more appealing? Either toss some catnip over it, or use a catnip spray and spray it.

    • Laura / / Reply

      We’ve used these with several of our cats and they work really well! Some cats pull them off faster than others, but we used them when we got new kittens until we could tell for sure if they would scratch furniture or not.

    • Ez
      Ez / / Reply

      Oh yes…we would never remove our cat’s claws. We did use the nail caps when she was a kitten, but somehow forgot about them once she got bigger. It might be time to revisit them again. Thanks for the reminder! xo

  5. Anya / / Reply

    Oh dear! I had a similar problem. First, make sure the bad kitty behavior with the sofa isn’t a means to a positive end (for kitty). My cat will resort to scratching in off limits areas when he needs something from me and I have ignored his first few requests. (He’s training me well!) When I figured that out, I realized I had been rewarding him for scratching by giving him my full and immediate attention as soon as I heard the tell-tale sounds of scratching. Oops! I did two things. 1) Became more responsive when he needed something and asked politely. 2) Gave negative feedback for bad behavior in the form of a spray bottle filled with water. I chose a bottle with a good mister (like I would use for my own face). When he scratched on the sofa (or chair or oriental rug!), I misted him directly in the face and said “NO”. I then ignored him for awhile before checking in to make friends and see what he needed. I felt like a big meanie the first few times I did this. But. It worked! Hope this helps save your sofa! Good luck! :)

    • Ez
      Ez / / Reply

      I’ve never tried the water mister…but I might give it a go. I do think that you might be on to something with the behavior though. I actually think Juni sees scratching as a game, and a really fun way to get our attention. When we say “no,” she does this little gleeful spring through the air, as if she thinks it’s the most hilarious thing in the world. Hmm…

  6. Kelsey / / Reply

    Heck if I know. My cat, being the charmer he is, wakes me up by biting my blankets and tearing at them. He’s slowly ruining the quilting and causing a bunch of small tears and loose threads. He does it intentionally!

    Biting has always been his problem, he bites the way other cats claw. My only solution that’s been helpful at all has been redirecting him, doing the same behavior to paper or whatever. I can’t wait to fine to up money on the floor.. Ugh.

    I guess my best suggestion is to go out and wrap a piece of wood in a similarly textured fabric, maybe just staple gunning the back, you know? Put it where the cats scratching and then… Slowly.. Migrate the scratched away from the couch.

    The fact is, though, that clawing is hard to redirect because they actually release pheromones from their paw pads, and if they can smell it, they’ll keep coming back. You get wanna see if having it cleaned will help and then begin redirecting at the same time. Give kitty an outlet and save the sofa..?

  7. Catherine / / Reply

    I don’t know anything about cats, but you could drape a throw over the arms to cover the damage? And that way if your cat shreds it up, it’s easily replaceable too.

  8. laura / / Reply

    You are not alone. I am having some success with clear double stick tape. Doesn’t look fantastic, but keeps them from scratching.
    Offer lots of alternative scratchers and praise them when they use them. One of mine likes an upright rope scratcher, the other a flat cardboard scratcher.
    Good luck and face it, we love our cats more than our furniture and that is a good thing!

    • Jodie / / Reply

      I agree with the double-sided sticky tape! Totally works!

  9. Meg / / Reply

    You can try the water squirt bottle method. We have used it to get rid of unwanted behaviors in both our dog and cat. Keep a small squirt bottle of water near the couch, whenever you see kitty scratching the couch give him a squirt of the water. Of course this only works when you are actually there but usually a few times is all it takes for kitty to associate the scratching of that couch with the consequence and should stop doing it! Good luck!

  10. Kate / / Reply

    We have the same trouble with one of our couches… every corner has been ripped to shreds. We have a few couches, and have found they don’t like to claw at the ones with microfiber/microsuede fabric. They can’t get their claws into it, like they can with other fabrics. In the meantime I’ve put the arm covers from the microfiber couch on the corners of the ripped up couch to discourage further ripping.

    Best of luck!

    • Sharon / / Reply

      Interesting that you said that! I just realized that my cats have never ripped up our microsuede couch, but the others have been torn to pieces. Luckily the majority of damage was to the ottomans, which I eventually got rid of. But I’ll be replacing these sofas soon, and now I’ll give more thought to microsuede.
      Thanks for that comment! You may have solved a mystery!

      • Carrie / /

        Just chiming in to say that I could have written this post. And that we have a microsuede couch and our cat likes it JUST FINE. He has scratched both arms, down to the wood in parts. What we’ve decided to do is buy the Kivik sofa (IKEA) which has a cover you can buy separately so we can put a new cover on it when the damage gets too bad. (We’ll also use the double sided tape which we have had some success with in the past, but we didn’t keep up.) It’s a drag – I’d rather invest in a nicer sofa, but I don’t want to keep replacing them and putting them in a landfill.

        Good luck to you!

    • Ez
      Ez / / Reply

      I would have never thought of the correlation of fabric and cat scratching, but it looks like you’re right! If only we had know this before buying our couch. Oh well. Eventually when it’s time to replace the thing, it looks like we will be seriously considering velvet. :-) Thanks!

      • Lisa / /

        In a similar (and equally not useful) vein, I have a velvet couch and the cat has no interest in scratching it. He can’t even get his claws into it.

  11. Jenn / / Reply

    I agree with the PP who mentioned the nail caps! We use Soft Paws nail caps on our cats and they don’t mind at all. It’s humane, keeps them from scratching (or at least doing damage), and they’re oh so stylish. :) One of our cats has purple tips and the other has green. All our guests comment on how cute and funny it is!

  12. Melody / / Reply

    I put my cats in time outs in the bathroom for like five minutes. It works for me, but results have varied among other people who have tried it. My one cat hates a spray bottle, the one could care less. You could also tack a small decorative area rug to the sides of the couch to protect it and just let them do their thing. We did that with a wall corner they were enamored with.

  13. Debbie Seton / / Reply

    We do love them, but they can be a nightmare, can’t they?! Like Anya and Meg, I have had good results with the water mister. Also, one of my cats likes to have a go at my pure wool carpet at the bottom of the staircase from time to time and a sprinkling of white pepper is enough to put him off for quite a while, although he does come back to it when the hoover has eliminated the irritation and his memory fades. I guess the good thing about the white pepper solution is that you don’t have to be there to catch kitty in the act?

  14. Jess / / Reply

    Hi there! I used to have the same problem at home until my husband decided to buy us a new sofa. At that time, we researched on any idea to keep the cats away from the new furniture, and heard several times the same thing: buy a velvet sofa. We did that and “miraculously” my cats never tried to sharpen the nails on the couch again! Emily Henderson posted about this very same problem a few days ago.
    Worth checking out: http://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/pet-cat-friendly-design-tips/

  15. Elizabeth Williams / / Reply

    We have this issue. We get his nails clipped when we bring him to the vet (because I suck at doing it) but that has been a huge help. Our cat also ignores scratching posts but loooves the cardboard scratching pads that come with catnip. We also put a throw over the couch arms as back-up.

    Not that you were considering it, but don’t declaw your cats. Separate from the actual process (they cut off the top knuckles so it’s pretty cruel) it can also lead to arthritis and behavior changes. Many cats become more aggressive after declawing to compensate for the lack of front claws.

    • Ez
      Ez / / Reply

      Thanks Elizabeth. I just wanted to reassure you that we are not considering and would never choose to declaw Juni. I’ll definitely be stocking up on her favorite cardboard scratchers…those seem to be a big hit with her! xo

  16. Claudia / / Reply

    Cats are lovely creatures but it is your job to be creative and find something that they can scratch… don’t ever declaw… it is cruel and very mean.

    I guess you should rethink and see that a sofa is just a sofa and a cat is an adorable creature you must protect and care for and your cat will enlighten your life…


    • Ez
      Ez / / Reply

      Hi Claudia. Thanks for your concern. We would never declaw Juni. No amount of scratched up furniture would be worth torturing an animal in that way. And I didn’t mean to imply that our sofa was more important than our cat…I was simply wondering if anyone had any positive methods for encouraging scratching on other surfaces (like the multitude of scratchers that she has around our home).

  17. Emmy G. / / Reply

    Over the years I’ve learned the best way in dealing with cats that do this to your furniture is to do your best to find fabrics that are tighter weave so that they have a harder time getting their claws in. I’ve never been able to get my three cats to cut it out completely, they know it’s a no-no. Even with catching them in the act, sprays, yelling, etc. they still do it . We stick to cotton twill and leave the fun fabrics to pillows and throws.
    I try to stay ahead of the threads they pull out by inserting the threads into a sewing needle and poking the eye end back into the cushion. (if that makes sense?)

  18. Regina / / Reply

    Our cat doesn’t scratch furniture but he did start licking himself excessively to the point where part of his limbs were bald! We took him to the vet who basically said that we had a neurotic cat who would like himself when he’s feeling anxious ( weird I know ).

    Anyways he told us about this product called Feliway, which comes in a spray form ( which if your cat is anything like ours would just NOT work ) and in a diffuser form. We have the diffuser form, which we just plug into the wall plug and it lasts a month or so. You can find it on Amazon and seriously it has helped A LOT. The reviews are generally positive and people say it helps stop cats from vertical scratching.

    Hope this helped. Good luck! (:

  19. Ailey / / Reply

    I’ve always done what Cesear Milan (sp?) has suggested for bad dog behavior. Anytime I catch my cat picking at the rug or door mats (we have a leather couch so he avoids it) I clap and make a loud sharp noise. It breaks their focus and eventually they will stop!

  20. N / / Reply

    It’s been a while, but when I trained my cat Madison to stop destroying my woven screen I first v placed a scratching post in front of the screen. I then rubbed it down with catnip to get her overrated in it. I placed her paws on it and made a scratching motion and praised her for using it. From then on every time (and I mean every time) I saw her goo to the screen, I would take her to the scratching post, start making the scratching motion and praise. It took a few weeks but she got it and once she did, she’d wander over to that post, stretch out and looked around to make sure I could see her. She loved the praise.

    I probably would combine this method with both double sided tape, old cologne, and the rubber claw tips (if the kitty is amenable to the tips).

    • Ez
      Ez / / Reply

      Sounds like a great method! I just might have to give that a try. Instead of scolding, we might have to go for the distraction/praising route. Sounds more fun for her too! Thanks!

  21. aimee / / Reply

    Oh my gosh. My couch looks the same… its slip covered though so at some point I can purchase a fresh new cover. I will most likely have to make one though… so that it fits correctly. I’m feeling your pain until then.

    • Ez
      Ez / / Reply

      Yes…I’m wishing I had thought of the slipcover idea a long time ago. Also, we are new cat people and were not fully prepared. Next couch perhaps (no idea when that would be though)?

  22. Claire / / Reply

    I grew up with cats and nothing really ever 100% works, but we would sprinkle cat nip on the scratching posts and let the cats get all crazy with that and then they wouldn’t bother with the furniture. There are those flat, cardboard scratching pads (?) you can get and then you can reapply cat nip as needed.

    • Ez
      Ez / / Reply

      I was thinking that might be the case. Juni has two different cardboard scratching pads (one is flat and one is at a slight incline—both enjoyed with catnip from time to time) and she loves them both. She also has an upright scratching pole, but she doesn’t go for that one all that often, which is surprising considering how similar it is to the couch. Maybe even more scratching pads are in order.

  23. laura / / Reply

    Our old couch looked just like yours, we wanted to buy a new one but we’re nervous our 2 cats would destroy it in days. We had multiple types of scratch things: post, mat, wooden ramp, cardboard door knob hanging thing and all they wanted to scratch was the couch-argh!! Well we decided to go for it, we were tired of the ugliness and being uncomfortable. We waited until they scratched a spot then would give them a firm, no along with their name and they would stop and look at us then stop scratching. I would immediately put down double sided tape on that spot and so on. We have about 15 pieces of tape on our couch and No Scratch Damage!! WooHoo! They did resort to scratching their window seat, which is a heavy canvas type material and holding up well and easy to replace if not.

    • Ez
      Ez / / Reply

      Oh that’s very helpful to hear. I’m thinking the tape might be a good option to try. Unfortunately it seems like Juni might think that our scolding is part of the fun. She leaps gleefully away when we tell her “no” and then waits for us to turn our backs so she can start scratching and begin the “game” all over again. :-o

  24. Daniel MacDonald / / Reply

    We have two wonderful cats. They scratch things. It’s what healthy cats do. We have opted for cheaper IKEA couches ($400 + slip cover) and replace the slip cover for $200-$400 every 2-3 years. Looks like a new couch (for a while). We have tried double-sided tape but our Maine Coon loves eating tape, and that leads to a whole score of vomit and bowel issues that makes the scratches seem so easy to live with!

  25. Heather / / Reply

    We just ran into the same issue with our new sofa, ugh! I think I may have a solution for you that is affordable and includes positive reinforcement.

    I found a calming spray on amazon that has worked wonders! You can buy the spray bottle or plug in to get a constant ‘calming’ refresh effect.
    I’ve sprayed it on everything our cats regulalrly claw or knead. I’ve also been using it for about 3 months and respray the items every now and then. I can’t even recall the last time I saw them kneading the sofa!
    Good luck with saving the sofa and your sanity! ;) I hope this works for you and the other cat owners as well.

    This is the product I used :
    Comfort Zone with Feliway for Cats Spray, 75 Milliliters

  26. Pixi / / Reply

    no helpful ideas, but the same problem! I think it’s because they wanna play, even though you played with them 10 minutes ago. Maybe you can hang blankets there, so they can play with the blankets and don’t ruin the sofa. But as I said, I haven’t find a solution yet. :/

    Best regards,

  27. Elena / / Reply

    First of all I apologize for my bad english. I hope you’ll understand me though. ;)

    Well, scratching is a natural behaviour with cats, not a bad habit. So every kind of punishment is the wrong way and – of course – doesn’t help to solve the problem. Cats won’t stop scratching as they need to do it.

    So what can help then? I suggest a double-tracked solution:
    1*) protect the places where the cats mustn’t scratch
    2**) offer the cats enough places where they are allowed to scratch.

    *There are special scratching boards for couches. Like this ones: http://www.amazon.de/Kratzecke-Kratzbrett-f%C3%BCr-Katzen-H58/dp/B001NCFQRQ/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1406704672&sr=8-10&keywords=katzenkratzbrett+ecke. If you don’t want to install this in your living room, put a cover over the corner of your couch.

    **Scratching posts in all forms, sizes and colors are available and should be offered to cats living in a house/flat. Of course it is possible to build a natural one yourself, taking a tree bole.

    “Cat’s are by nature lone creatures.” (quote Shirley)
    This is a modern myth, that unfortunately remains in people’s minds.
    Cats a not loners in a social context, but they are solitary hunters. Wild cats constantly search the companionship of others. And who ever watched two cats cuddling, washing each other and sleeping together in a basket will never tell this myth again. ;-)

    The reason why cats fight sometimes and don’t accept each other depends more on the circumstances they live in (such as size of the home, opportunities to retreat, age, sex, character, …).

  28. Roo Conroy / / Reply

    You have my sympathy however I quickly stopped any unwanted cat behaviour when I discovered the water pistol! Whenever my cats went to scratch my sofa or try to climb the curtains we just squirted them with water, it didn’t take long for them to realise what not to do! Its cheap and it doesn’t harm your pussy cat, good luck with it.

  29. CM / / Reply

    I’ve not read through all the comments so I not sure if anyone has posted this already. Here in the UK we have product called “sticky back plastic”, traditionally used to cover school books, clear plastic with a slightly sticky side.
    I have this on the corners and the bottom edges of my sofas and it helps a treat.
    If I am throwing a fancy do, the cat won’t be seen and I will remove it for the occasion and put new on at a later date as the cat usually gives up clawing when she see’s me applying the plastic to any surface.

    And if you have a problem with a cat weeing indoors which has happened here on occasion, then surgical spirit in a spray bottle removes the smell, if not leaving the area a bit medical, and Vicks Vapor Rub (strong menthol) will see off any unwanted cats hanging around.

    Kind regards CM

  30. Karen / / Reply

    I was going to suggest a second cat as well ;). My furniture survived two cats with very little scratching. The oldest preferred wooden objects (chair legs) and I lost her after several years. The youngest who I had for 13 years LoVED the cardboard scratch pads, especially when they were brand new and “fresh” with catnip. I did tape my chair legs, but never had to do the couch… But, I also let mine outside as well. I used the cardboard scratchers flat on the floor so the cat could stand on the scratch to her delight. Made a nice little mess, but were cheaper to replace than a couch!

  31. Hildi / / Reply

    What a stunning cat you have! Luckily I don’t have the same problem, there are plenty of palm trees they like to sharpen their claws on but whenever I take my yoga mat out both of them are on it, scratching it to pieces. I am happy it is not our couch. Good luck and hope anyone of these previous readers advice will help.

  32. karin / / Reply

    We let our kitty come and go as she pleases, so she gets all of her scratches out on actual trees. I know not everyone is comfortable with indoor|outdoor cats but there are options available to make little kitty condos on porches and patios so they get to be outside, but still in an enclosure.

    I would definitely look into climbing shelves and such that you can put in the house that are attractive and minimalist and don’t scream crazy cat lady! If you can give kitty a safe outdoors experience in some capacity I think that would be your best option.

    To eliminate the current behavior you can do the pick up kitty and move her to a scratching pad when she goes after the couch. Then graduate up to the spray bottle|gun method for deterrence. I would totally do the sticky strips or foil when you are not at home. It isn’t cute or fun, but couches are expensive!

    I’m so glad you won’t declaw your baby!

    • Ez
      Ez / / Reply

      Thanks Karin! I love the idea of letting Juni be an indoor/outdoor cat, but unfortunately where we live there are quite a lot of coyote and foxes, and I would be afraid that she would meet a terrible fate. However, your idea of a screened in outdoor area for her sounds like a great idea! I think we’ll be looking into that for sure. I also love the climbing shelf idea. Maybe she just needs more activities to entertain herself with.
      Thanks for the helpful ideas!

  33. julia I mintlametta / / Reply

    Oh no! That reminds me of the time when I was a teenager (14 years) and our new dog was so interested in all of my shoes, so that they were all nibbled and not wearable any longer…. – best julia

  34. Nicole / / Reply

    I’ve trained my cat to scratch horizontally, not vertically. I do this by letting him scratch on horizontal scratching posts. When he scratches the carpet or couch (like when we moved into a new place with new furniture), I just tell him “NO” really loud and he stops.

    As long as they have a way to get their scratching out, they’re good. If you don’t think you’ll be able to train your cat to switch to horizontal scratching, try vertical scratching boxes that hang off of the door and such.

    • Ez
      Ez / / Reply

      Oh! I’ve never seen a vertical hanging scratching pad for the door! That’s brilliant! I think we’ll have to look into that. Juni loves the horizontal cardboard scratching pads…but the vertical ones might be a great addition to our growing collection of cat accessories. :-)

  35. Chris / / Reply

    Your couch looks identical to ours, sadly. We have two cats, and whilst we have been able to deter one of them with the spray bottle method, the other one still does it to attract our attention ( I’m hungry, let me out etc)…. its true they will thrive on any attention, negative or otherwise. You could try training your pup to stop the cat scratching hehe …as ours now barks at the cat when he scratches the couch,( and any other behaviours like jumping on benches) she figured out we don’t like it , and she then looks at us v proud of herself for helping to deter him. Juni is a beautiful cat, and I hope you find a solution that keeps you all happy.

  36. jet / / Reply

    Hi, i have two cats, one old blue birmees like you have, and a birmilla.
    and before them more birmees.
    i know all the problems of claws and fabric furniture. But by my gone hubby i learned to raised them when they are kittens.
    and cutting their sharp nails and having a playground of their own on their own level in my whole house was the helping trick. with climbing navy ropes to climb to their own level nearby my ceiling.
    i try to track their attention and when they come i will give them a thankyou by patting them.
    and using calm voices like you does with children.
    Some people use watertoys, i don’t does t his.
    i hope it’s helping. Or you can make simple things to let them climb and jump by using carton shapes. It doensn’t have to be expensive;-D

  37. Anna Allen / / Reply

    The best advice I can give you is to use the spray bottle technique, and be consistent. Any time Juniper tries to scratch furniture, spray her with water. Since she’s already using the scratching posts too, she knows where they are and what they are for. She’s just assuming the couch is for her personal use too. I know it sounds a little harsh and you can feel pretty guilty doing it, but after years of telling my cats “No” firmly, and it preventing nothing, I think it’s the best option and the fastest way for them to learn. She’ll look shocked and run away, then come purring back to you two minutes later, forgetting that anything happened. But after a few times she’ll get it. The other thing we’ve done at our house that I think has made a big difference is to cover the arms and part of the back of the couch with blankets.

  38. Kim / / Reply

    We keep our cat’s nails trimmed (for some reason he’s super chill and allows us to clip them with no trouble), and that seems to keep the damage under control. Also, our landlord has a corduroy cover on her couch, and it seems impervious to scratching!

  39. Trish / / Reply

    Go ahead and buy your new couch. Your shredded couch looks identical to the one I had. My cat didn’t claw anything in the house except this couch. I finally decided I could not look at it any longer and trashed it. For some reason my cat never bothered with my new couch – never put one little claw in it. I think cats are drawn to texture – fabrics with texture look very appealing to cats – think how cats like to claw at tree bark and wood outside in nature…it’s perfect for sharpening their claws. My new couch has a smooth suede fabric which is not very good material for sharpening claws (too silky and slippery). So just stay away from fabrics that have a texture and you will have no worries.

  40. Jenny / / Reply

    Drape a pretty sheepskin over the couch arms. Stopped our kitty & they look rather chic.

  41. Nic / / Reply

    I have two cats who apparently know they are forbidden to scratch furniture because they only do it when I’m not around.

    I tried the sticky tape but it kept coming off. I’ve also done the claw caps, but those too come off and were a pain to apply. I wound up buying these: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0058JL9KS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    You could probably make them yourself with some sheets of plastic. I’ve thought about using those plastic sheaths for binders and simple upholstery screws.

    I’m super diligent and clip their nails once a week. And they have an extra tall scratching post. Having said that, they STILL migrate to the couch from time to time, however, it’s nothing compared to what it used to be.

  42. Nic / / Reply

    Oh yah, and they never touched my microsuede or ultrasude chair. I could tell they would try it out every once in a while and then leave it. Highly recommend that fabric.

  43. Bruna Lourenço / / Reply

    Hi Ez!

    The same thing happened to my couch – only in the arms (Thank God!).
    The couch looked awful, so I reupholstered the arms with leather in a tone that’s similar to the original fabric.

    The outcome is amazing, looks like the couch was like this all along.
    If you want I can send you a picture! <3

  44. Leah / / Reply

    I recommend Feliway to all of my kitty patients. It’s essentially a bottled up hormone (cat’s rubbing their cheeks on things means “this is mine”) that you can spray directly onto the areas you don’t want scratched, or use as a room diffuser.
    It’s fabulous, and I have way too many success stories with this.


  45. Caris / / Reply

    Oh, cats. They’re adorable, but they’re also extremely a nuisance. The feline you got there is looking quite guilty! She needs to stay in a corner and repent.

  46. Jen / / Reply

    When you buy that new couch, make sure that you get quite a few yards of extra matching fabric, if at all possible. Claws, stains, rips – everything – you will have a repair route.

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