(Closed) Leather couch with pets? Pros and cons?

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 17
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Go for the leather! Your reasoning is spot-on–not only is it easy to clean pet hair and dirt off of,  but with proper care it will last much longer than fabric. I have a microfiber couch and thought I was doing right when I bought it because leather can be quite chilly in winter (especially if you’re, er, frugal like me and keep the thermostat turned way down) and I didn’t want to be plopping my rear end down on a cold couch BUT I failed to take into consideration the fact that my two furry friends make quite the mess. After two years that is the nastiest couch despite vacuuming it multiple times a week and cleaning it with an upholstry cleaner periodically. Meanwhile, my Fiance has two leather couches (one is 20+ years old and still looks great) and more dogs than me, and his furniture is a breeze to clean. There are no dog nail scratches, either, because the leather is pretty thick. As soon as I unload my current couch, it’s leather all the way–I will never go back to fabric!

Post # 18
155 posts
Blushing bee

We have a leather sofa and two 50lb boxer mixes, but they aren’t “allowed” on the furniture. Yeeaahhh….we know they get up on the sofa when we aren’t home because of the nail scratches. But, it is easy to wipe away their fur.

Post # 19
1578 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club

Con: My cats have totally tore up the arm of the chair. Not from scratching, but when they jump on the couch their claws are slightly extended. 🙁

Post # 20
716 posts
Busy bee

I have a leather ottoman and my cat gnawed on the corners, causing it to rip and some of the stuffing to come out.  I don’t know how a leather couch would fare.

Post # 21
708 posts
Busy bee

The wear and tear on furniture isn’t just from nails. Paw pads are mildly abbrasive on leather, and the weight of the animal itself causes uneven wear on the cushion fill.

I love pets, but I am not one who likes them on furniture. As a guest in someone’s home, I’m generally put off if their critter has been all over where I’m supposed to sit or eat.

Post # 23
1277 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

OP we have a micro suede like material couch and our dogg is a shedder too….haven’t had any issues with it since I periodically brush our little guy with the Furminator brush (I bought it on Amazon, works great!!), then I use a bristle brush on the couch and for any spots, after he has licked the couch…..I use rubbing alocohol and a towel to clean it up….have had the couch for a year and haven’t had any issues with the couch or the dog….

I would say no to the leather, I hate leather, but that’s just me, looks like I am outnumbered anyway….but I just wanted to let you know that there are some ways to improve the look of your couch.


Post # 24
2539 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We haven’t had issues with our dogs scratching the leather, but our cats like to scratch the hell out of the couch. I would recommend keeping all of your pets’ nails clipped. Otherwise I think leather is great.

Post # 25
307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I can’t speak to leather sofas… I will tell you that with leather seats in the car, my very fat Lab has created some small scratches. That said, I’ve never tried to moisturize/buff them out. And as you’ve said, I sincerely doubt your little ones would create any scratches at all.

That being said, the next couch that Fiance and I purchase will be leather. Speaking from experience in the car, it is easier to clean up hair, vomit, blood, mud, and all the other stuff our fur babies track in 🙂

Post # 26
9726 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

You may end up with some scratches but the other benefits totally outweigh that one con IMO. We used to have a grey fabric loveseat that totally matched the dog’s fur, but when we needed to upgrade to a couch we went with leather. So much easier to just brush off the fur than try to constantly vacuum or make it less obvious.

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