Post # 1
We are moving into a relative’s second home. He has a large sectional couch which is super comfy. Unfortunately, I can just tell that one of our cats will want to claw it and both will want to shed all over it.
I think the best option is to clip the kitty’s claws as often as possible, but I also think we should look into covering the couch. Do they make sectional couch covers? I hate the look of sheets on the couch, and I think the cat will try to scratch the sides/arms of the couch rather than the seats.
Post # 3
Not sure about covers but they make these caps for cat claws. My fiance used them before, when he found out the cat was too big for declawing.
Post # 4
Could you try to put multiple types of cat scratchers near the couch? Like corrugate cardboard, sisal rope, and carpet. Then rub catnip all over those and hope, that in addition to clipping claws, those will distract the kitties from the couch? Also, hiss and spray with water (or if you don’t like the water method just hiss to stop them and then move them away).
Post # 5
@OkieHeart: The caps are great, but not possible for our scratching cat due to some medical issues.
@CrazyCatLady13: The cats have a large cat tree that they love to scratch and a cardboard scratcher. However, they still scratch our couch a little (mostly while kneading).
Post # 6
We bought a scratching post the same day we brought our cats home, and they’ve only ever scratched it – we’ve never had a problem with them and the furniture. I think providing at least one, and probably 2, scratching posts would be a good idea. We got one with the rough sisal-type rope. We didn’t want anything with carpet on it because we didn’t want our cats to think that carpet was an OK surface to scratch.
You can also use citrus spray to deter cats from things you want them to leave alone. One issue I can think of is that it might stain fabric furniture, though.
Post # 7
They work amazingly on our cat. Not easy to put on, but worth the effort. Totally painless as long as you go slow, take care and don’t get any hair stuck in the glue.