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Cats with claws and Leather furniturepost #1 of 1612/29/05 at 2:52pmThread StarterI just got a bunch of new leather furniture and I need to know what the best way to keep them off and from scratching/clawing into it. He hasn't been bad so far, but just sitting on it and pushing off with his back claws has left some little holes that I don't want any more of. So any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks.post #2 of 1612/29/05 at 7:07pmWell, I wish you had consulted the CatSite forum before you bought the furniture. Keeping cats off furniture is well nigh impossible for most cats, and probably not desirable, either, from the cat's point of view. I suggest you just get something to protect the furniture, like some heavy throws, which you can remove when company comes. Leather furniture and cats are not very compatible. Sorry, but that's the way I see it.post #3 of 1612/29/05 at 7:25pmpost #4 of 1612/29/05 at 8:01pmYou'd have to put them on all four feet.....which I don't think is a very good idea....poor kitty will be slipping and sliding all over the place, and falling off of things.post #5 of 1612/29/05 at 8:23pmLeather is basically a dead animal and the scent is to much for kitties to handle. She is kneading the couch to cover up the scent she smells with her own. Be prepared for a lot of holes. You can cover the leather couch with a throw or a slipcover, you can look into a product called SSSCat! But other than that, sometimes the attraction is to great for kitties to avoid.post #6 of 1612/30/05 at 5:08amQuote:Originally Posted by hissyLeather is basically a dead animal and the scent is to much for kitties to handle. She is kneading the couch to cover up the scent she smells with her own. Be prepared for a lot of holes. You can cover the leather couch with a throw or a slipcover, you can look into a product called SSSCat! But other than that, sometimes the attraction is to great for kitties to avoid.
I'm confused.... We have a leather couch and both cats leave it alone completely.post #7 of 1612/30/05 at 1:50pmIt is the new leather couches the cats have an attraction to, not the older ones as the older ones have the owner's scent on it making it a more comfortable place to hang out than one fresh from the factory.post #8 of 1612/30/05 at 1:51pmWe buy leather furniture because we have cats, and they find it unattractive. The furniture may be slightly scratched from their running across it or jumping on it, but my experience is that cats don't like to sharpen their claws on leather. My sister has also switched to leather for the same reason.post #9 of 1612/30/05 at 2:14pmQuote:Originally Posted by Aurora151989I'm confused.... We have a leather couch and both cats leave it alone completely.Quote:Originally Posted by jcatWe buy leather furniture because we have cats, and they find it unattractive. The furniture may be slightly scratched from their running across it or jumping on it, but my experience is that cats don't like to sharpen their claws on leather. My sister has also switched to leather for the same reason.
We keep our boys' claws clipped (all four feet) and the blunted nails are a lot less likely to result in a hole or a scratch from a misstep. Otherwise the heavy throws are about the best you can do.post #10 of 1612/30/05 at 2:33pmpost #11 of 1612/31/05 at 6:53pmMy friend has leather furniture and when they got their ragdoll cat they were going to have him declawed. I talked them out of it and suggested several scratching posts instead. They listened to me thank goodness, and their cat has never bothered with their furniture.post #12 of 161/1/06 at 5:53pmThe only piece of leather furniture I have is my computer chair. By judging the damage my kitty has done to the arms will rule out any type of leather furniture for us in the future. The rest of the chair is okay, but you can see the tiny little claw pricks they've made when they climb to sit on the top. My youngest just likes to attack the arms for some strange reason.post #13 of 161/1/06 at 9:40pmpost #14 of 165/25/13 at 1:40am
Curve sofas are a great addition to any room. They really make decorating so much easier. They go great in the living room, family room, den or office. Just make sure that you have enough space for it to fit. Measure two times maybe even three just to make sure it is going to fit.
But they are not always the easiest to find. This is especially true if you live in a smaller town, without many furniture stores. Online is a great place to find furniture.
These sofas can be quite expensive and requires a huge investment. So be very careful in choosing this type of sofa, keeping in mind the space and structure of your living room.
post #15 of 165/25/13 at 2:16pmI have a leather sofa that was given me as a try it and see...(not sure if I would like leather...) My cat didn't scratch at it at all for about 18 months - but has started recently and now has made a bit of a mess of two arms...(rest of sofa is a mess too - we are moving soon and will be getting a new one- so not too worried) This is a cream sofa and someone said that pale is better for cats as the marks aren't as obvious as white stuffing pulled though darker coloured leather ...but I do have grey dots instead... (And believe me - cream leather sofas and children are really not a good mix...) She doesn't have a scratching post in house but has two trees in the garden she uses - one of which is perfect for her ...thought maybe it was because she wasn't going out as much because it was cold ...but I just caught her doing it on a nice warm sunny day. I don't know what kind I'm going to get now ....in general I like the look and practicality of leather ...but would want a darker colour... and I can't stand throws all the creasing up and falling off etc..or they are too heavy to fit in washing machine....post #16 of 165/25/13 at 2:22pmQuote:Originally Posted by jcat
We buy leather furniture because we have cats, and they find it unattractive. The furniture may be slightly scratched from their running across it or jumping on it, but my experience is that cats don't like to sharpen their claws on leather. My sister has also switched to leather for the same reason.
Pretty old thread here, but I'll bite :)
Same here. Neither of our cats has too much interest in using the leather couch to scratch on. Yes, there are some very small hardly noticeable pin holes in it from them walking along the back of it, but I mean, nobody can see them unless you put your head up to it.
A couple of times our new cat, did try and stretch up on the one edge of the couch (it has a lounge side on the other) and we said no, and she went down. We purchased a scratching post and put it nearby and that seems to have taken her interest elsewhere, but honestly I don't think it was the leather, so much as she just wanted to stretch. She way prefers the rugs to get her claws in shape.
Neither of them even like sitting on it without a blanket or pillow under them.
BTW, we keep their claws trimmed regularly and that seems to help.
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