As I’m writing this, my cat Twyla is using my beloved Emerald velvet couch as a scratching post.
I’ve given up trying to keep her from digging her claws into this loveseat. She owns this couch now, and even a hefty layer of that double sided tape hasn’t deterred her.
But, I’m shopping around for a new couch for our new cabin and I want to make sure I get a cat proof sofa this time… or at least, make sure I pick a new sofa that is designed for pets AND then actually try harder to keep her from using it as a claw sharpener this time around.
After a ton of online research, these are the best couches for cat owners.
The Best And Worst Couch Material For Cats
The best sofa fabric for cat owners are materials that are sturdy and can withstand little needles being dragged across the fabric, or are textured in a way that you can really notice claw marks as easily.
As much as I love my velvet couch (and would totally buy it again) velvet is just not the best upholstery for cat owners. You can see the marks to easily!
When shopping for cat proof couch fabric, keep your eye out for the following fabrics and materials:
- Pet Friendly Materials (many companies offer this now!)
- Leather materials (Not fun for cats to claw on)
- Sunbrella Fabric (sturdy AF)
- Bouclé/teddy material couches (very forgiving material that hides marks)
I hope this helps you pick out some cat friendly furniture for your space!!
If you get wind of any great cat proof couches that aren’t included, please drop a comment below so everyone can see.
And, when in doubt, the best course of action to take if a cat is REALLY keen on using your couch as a place to trim their nails, get a cat scratch post and keep it near the couch. Posts historically have been really ugly but Chewy has been dropping some very cute ones lately.
How about counters? These are great tips for how to stop cats from jumping on counters (which is a whole other battle for cat people).