Like everyone who has cats in their house, particularly cats who stay indoors, I face the constant threat of shredded upholstery. I’ve learned to live with it, knowing that I brought my cats into my house and they do have to scratch something, and it is generally a manageable issue, with the strategic placement of scratching posts and double-sided tape. But there is one couch that my two cats would just not leave alone: an 1840s Empire sofa, covered in a fine cotton fabric that both they and I love. I tried all sorts of defensive mechanisms, to no avail; they could always find a patch of fabric to dig their claws into. So finally I called it a day and called the upholsterer.
The culprits, greeting me at the door.
Since it was only the sides and back of the couch that were clawed, my upholsterer and I came up with a good solution (so far) to this particular problem. I purchased a very tightly-woven thicker cotton coordinating fabric, and Steve upholstered half of the couch. I think it looks really cool, and except for a few attempts, the cats have been paws-off.
Keeping their distance.
Sniffing, but not clawing.
Close-up of the two fabrics.
Close, but no clawing.
Safe and sound, for now.