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How to Protect Leather Couches From Cats (8 Easy Tips)

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You love your cat, but you also love your leather couch. So, if your favorite feline has taken a shine to clawing at your leather couch, you’ll want to be able to protect the sofa from it. But how can you do that?

There are actually quite a few ways you can deter your cat from sinking its claws into your leather sofa! And most of them are simple to do, so you can use a variety of these tips to ensure your pet doesn’t continue utilizing the couch as a plaything. Keep reading for eight tips on how to protect leather couches from cats!


How to Protect Leather Couches From Cats

1. Add more scratching posts to your home

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Probably the easiest way to get your pet to stop using your leather couch as a scratching post is to simply incorporate more scratching posts throughout the house. You will want to have at least one post (or scratch pad) near the sofa, so you can encourage your cat to scratch there rather than the couch (while still allowing the cat to do what it wants in the same area). But make sure you have plenty of other scratching areas in your home, too, so your feline knows it has options.

2. Utilize scratch guards

Scratch guards are highly beneficial for keeping your cat from scratching your leather couch. These are designed to be attached to a sofa (or other pieces of furniture) with tape and can be incorporated pretty much anywhere on the couch’s surface (especially on the sides and corners where kitties most like to flex their claws!). Technically, scratch guards won’t stop your cat from scratching, but since it will claw at the guards and not your leather couch, the leather will be safe. And when these guards have met their end, you can take them off and replace them with new ones.

3. Make use of a couch cover

snow bengal cat on sofa
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If more scratching posts or a scratch guard doesn’t work with your pet, you might want to invest in a couch cover. The leather on your couch will no longer be able to be seen, but at least it’ll be safe. And you can remove the covers when you have company, so your sofa can be seen if you prefer. Couch covers are quite stylish these days, and there are tons of couch cover options, so you’re sure to find one that goes with your décor.

4. Keep the cat’s nails short

This is one of the simpler ways to keep your leather couch protected from the cat—make sure your cat’s claws are regularly trimmed! You’ll need to trim nails every 3–4 weeks, but it will go a long way in keeping your leather sofa intact. If you aren’t confident in your ability to cut your pet’s nails, you can take it to your vet or a groomer who can get the job done.

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5. Give your cat its furniture

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Maybe your cat is attracted to leather because it enjoys the feel of it, or perhaps your cat just likes to hang out on the furniture. So, why not get your pet its piece of furniture (preferably faux leather), so it can do whatever it wants with it? There are so many options you can choose from when it comes to cat furniture, but a kitty sofa or loveseat is probably the best option to mimic your leather couch. Put your cat’s favorite blanket or pillow on the furniture and give treats to them to entice it into using the new furniture. Hopefully, soon, your cat will ignore your sofa on its own!

6. Redirect your pet’s attention

Every time you catch your cat with its claws sunk into your leather, redirect its attention elsewhere. You can engage your pet by playing with it, giving it a treat or toy, or having it cozy up to a different texture, such as a soft blanket. By redirecting their attention each time it tries to claw the furniture, you’re training your pet to ignore the leather in favor of something more fun.

7. Ensure your feline is getting enough exercise

You might not think so since cats sleep so often, but felines do get bored. And if your pet is bored and full of pent-up energy, it may take it out on the leather couch. But if you ensure your cat gets plenty of exercise and playtime each day, it’ll be less likely to engage in destructive behavior due to boredom. So, take a few minutes out of each day to play with your cat!

8. Use spray deterrents

You’ll need to be a bit careful if you use this tip, so you don’t use a product that damages the leather of your couch, but spray deterrents can be quite useful! Felines have an amazing sense of smell, which means that some scents smell downright awful to them. So, if you spray your sofa with something smelling of citrus, eucalyptus, lavender, or rosemary, it should be a pretty good deterrent. You’ll likely need to spray the sofa down a couple of times a day, but it’ll be worth it!

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Felines and leather couches aren’t always a great mix, but the two can coexist together. You simply need to make it, so your pet doesn’t want to scratch the leather on your sofa. Luckily, there are several ways you can go about deterring the cat, whether it’s by placing scratch guards on the sofa, incorporating more scratching posts into your home’s décor, covering the couch with fabric, engaging your pet in play and exercise, trimming your pet’s nails, getting it furniture of its own, or using spray deterrents. Use a combination of these tips to ensure excellent results!

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