How to Have a Cat Without Sacrificing Your Furniture

By on 4-06-2012 in Uncategorized

How to Have a Cat Without Sacrificing Your Furniture

If I had a dime for each time I’ve heard “the one thing stopping us from getting a cat is that they might ruin the furniture”, I’d have enough to live on for the rest of my life! Despite beliefs to the contrary, it IS possible to have cats without giving up your pristine furniture. It just takes foresight into what might interest the cat. Bei diesen Temperaturen gehe ich nicht vor die Tür! - I don´t want to go outside today!

A hopeful cat-parent-to-be asked on an animal advice forum: “I grew up with cats and I’d really like to have one myself now. I live with my husband who doesn’t mind them as such, but we have quite expensive furniture which the cat could ruin so that’s the one thing that stops him from giving his full ok.
Errr, now I’m stuck and I suppose he’s right, the chances of a cat ruining some of our things are quite high but I guess I’m hoping for some ideas of how I can prevent this.
I’ve read about soft paws but I can’t put those on when it’s a kitten right? Clipping nails will still cause damage if the cat is naughty and persistent. Help me!

First, I agree that trimming nails is not enough (even short nails can can cause damage) and soft paws may be too much of a bother to your cat and/or you. My advice is to invest in heavy, high-quality slipcovers to cover your expensive furnishings. There are so many beautiful, trendy styles these days that it doesn’t have to look dowdy or uncool to have slipcovers on all your upholstered furniture. The key to slipcovers looking fabulous is to measure your furniture PRECISELY and only buy those that fit PERFECTLY. Sagging, bagging, or gaping will only attract the attention of felines as a pile of fabric to play in, which may mean scratching. I also suggest spraying fabric protectant on these covers first, according to the directions on the can, to prevent staining from hairballs or pee. If you see any tears or snags, replace the slipcover (or throw a blanket over it) to reduce the odds of your kitty coming back to scratch more. I routinely have several layers of blankets over my couches at any given time.

As you grew up with cats, you probably already have scratching posts in mind that you want for your kitty, which may help too.

Weihnachtsgeschenk - Christmas giftAnother advice blog contains helpful tips:

*double sided sticky tape… i bought big thick stuff at PetSmart that I put around the edges of my couch for about a week and the cat learned to not claw. Also, we get our cat’s nails trimmed about every other month.

*I bought a sisal area rug and placed it in front of the sofa in my living room and taught my cat to use it as his scratching post- i’ll scratch the rug while he is lounging on it and pet him when he scratches it. The sisal is strong enough to hold its fibers together and my cat loves the texture. He won’t even look at the sofa anymore!

As someone who has used both those things, the sticky tape and sisal (as well as cheap polypropylene rugs scattered for the cats’ scratching pleasure), I can attest to the fact that they do drastically reduce their interest in scratching the furniture. I hope you will soon have a kitty to love AND that your husband can have peace of mind that the furniture will be safe!

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