TIPS TO FIND CAT-FRIENDLY FURNITURE
It’s a well-established fact that cats love to scratch, they will always find their spot where they can dig their sharp nails, the first thing that comes in the mind is your furniture! They will take no to ruin your favorite sofa but not to worry about buying cat-friendly furniture is a lot simpler now. There are just a few things to keep in mind while getting that budget-friendly and perfect furniture for your home.
Look for alternatives
You can look for specially designed scratching posts online for your fluff and can use them as alternatives. The placement of these alternatives will make all the difference. The best place to add scratching posts in the areas in which you notice your cat scratching the most. Give the cat something else to climb on such as a cat tree, or build some carpeted shelving high on the wall where kitty can climb and perch. Add hanging toys to doorknobs.
Providing your cat with their furniture like a cat bet or something will also prevent them from ruining your furniture.
When it’s not for the alternatives choosing the right kind of furniture can help!
Choosing the right fabric
The best fabrics are ultra suede and leather because a cat cannot claw into these. Try to avoid fabrics that snag easily, such as tweeds. It’s also difficult to remove pet hair from these types of textured fabrics.
Cats, in general, don’t seem to like leather as much as other materials. Leather is easy to clean and maintain, so it is always safe to go for leather. And just as a precautionary measure you can also use the scratch guard. Shaggy and jute rugs are the perfect playground for cats to trim their nails on and have fun, so stick with thinner rugs with less hair.
Metal frames and Microfiber
While leather can be a safe alternative yet continuous poking will lead to small holes which will gradually transfer into large holes. In that case, metal frames on the furniture can be a safe alternative. A cat can't penetrate its claws on a metal frame.
The best types of fabric for upholstery are microfiber fabrics made from ultra-tiny polyester and nylon threads. This type of material is stain and spill-resistant because the tiny fibers are bonded together, creating a lightweight, dense, water-resistant material. Microfiber also called microsuede, ultra suede or faux suede, is one of the most popular materials used on sofas and chairs. The density of the material gives it the ability to stand up to a cat’s abusive claws, which also tends to make it less appealing to scratch on.
And the benefits don’t end here!
The density of the microfiber furniture makes it easier to vacuum. It can be easily cleaned with a pet roller and will prevent you from carrying your fluff's fur wherever you go.
One thing that’s also important here is to realize that there is no hard and fast rule, some cats may scratch leather some may not!
Nonetheless, following these tips, you can rock your furniture with your cat.