Evelots® Cat Scratcher Couch Lounge, Corrugated Cat Scratching Pad
Cat Scratching Couch or Chair Arm Protection. $25.00, via Etsy. In case the new post really really don't work I guess...
Inspect your couch and take note of all damaged areas and their severity. The more the cat has scratched the fabric, the more likely simple nicks and snags will have progressed to become rips and full holes or tears.
Cats love to scratch, and have claws that can do significant damage to upholstered furniture. Luckily, isolated rips and tears in upholstery fabric can be patched or mended; and if your cat has scratched up an entire arm or leg of your sofa, you can either re-upholster that section or cover it with a throw or a slipcover. No matter what the damage, you'll want to take preventative measures to repel your cat from the couch and train her not to continue to scratch it.
Cat Scratching Couch or Chair Arm Protection. via Etsy.
Cat Scratch Fever (aka Sami-Proofing the Couch)
Scratching is a normal, instinctive behavior for felines, and has many helpful purposes. Scratching allows a cat to remove the dead outer layer of their claws, mark their territory with both visual and olfactory marks, and stretch their bodies, feet and claws. As a result, one should not actually desire to stop their cat from scratching altogether, but rather redirect their cat’s scratching from unacceptable objects, like the couch, the carpet or the banister, to acceptable objects, like scratching boards and posts.2. Discourage scratching on furniture by making it less appealing. Cats like to scratch on things that are soft, that they can sink their claws into a little bit. But you know what they don’t like? Aluminium foil. I know this sounds tacky, but I just put it on the furniture when Im gone or when nobody is coming over. Remember: this is training. Once they focus on another place to scratch they like to go back to the same spot. If they discover the couch isn’t fun, they find another place to communicate (hence the scratching post )Pretty throws could work on the couch, maybe just draped over one cushion. Or even a cat bed. You'll have to keep putting them in the right spot for awhile and spray them when they go to an unprotected area. Wipe off the furniture with a damp sponge to collect a lot of the fur. As far as the scratching, put lots of posts around. There are sprays for furniture that can discourage them from scratching but I haven't found any that work really well. I keep my couch against the wall with tables, etc. on each side. They can only get close to the front. Put something under the seat cushions that will drape down and cover the front/bottom of the couch. I'd start doing some of this while you still have the old furniture, if it's not too late. Other than the suggestions we've all given, the only other option is having them declawed. There's a lot of controversy over this, but we brought them into our homes, and we'll never be able to get rid of their natural instincts. That's asking too much. So declaw if nothing else works for you and remember that we've already domesticated them so much that a little more isn't that bad.We placed a scratching post adjacent to and slightly in front of our new couch so our two cats can ‘communicate’ just as effectively as if they tore up the couch. As I understand, this reduces the allure of the vertical face of the couch arm by creating a prominent alternative – i.e. better billboard space.