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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-29-2005, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Leather Furniture Help!

Hello Fellow Cat Owners!

I'm new here and this is my first post. My husband suggested asking if anyone here has leather furniture that can stand kittie claws without getting ruined.

We don't have leather furniture yet but was thinking about getting some except we're concerned that the cats will ruin it.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-29-2005, 12:12 PM
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In my experience, cats tend to avoid leather furniture. However, during play the will jump on and off which can make marks.

My first bit of advice is to say no to leather furniture. (To me, it's one of the sacrifices you make because you have cats.) If you're hellbent on the leather though, you can try soft paws. ( www.softpaws.com ) Keep in mind that soft paws are not a 100% effective way to protect leather, but they'll do a good job.
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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-29-2005, 12:45 PM
 
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My husband and I had considered a leather couch but decided against it. And I would have to say, that not all cats avoid leather. We have a leather seat on our rocking chair and it gets Wallace going for whatever reason. He gets all excited and has wrecked the chair. He have to keep a pad on it to avoid more damage not to mention a blanket on the back and socks on the rockers. Not saying all cats will do this but that was our experience. We think it was the leather too as he doesn't do this with our other wooden rocker. As with everything, it depends on the cat. We are SO glad we didn't get a leather couch.
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-29-2005, 07:16 PM
 
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Well, I've got a leather rocker/recliner and some of my cats have trashed it. I had to put duck tape on the sides to prevent further damage (and it always makes me think of Fraiser's dad's chair on "Fraiser").
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-29-2005, 07:19 PM
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If you get leather furniture, it's easily ruined by just one claw puncture. So if you really, really want leather, buy some nice throws and cover it up except when you have company and want to show it off.
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-29-2005, 07:29 PM
 
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If you get leather furniture, it's easily ruined by just one claw puncture. So if you really, really want leather, buy some nice throws and cover it up except when you have company and want to show it off.

The throws will have to be heavy duty (not thin) because those little razors can still go thru a thin throw and hook into the leather. Also, my determined cats will just go under the throw to get at the back and sides of the chair.
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-29-2005, 08:03 PM
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my determined cats will just go under the throw to get at the back and sides of the chair.
Ha ha ... yeah, there's no stopping a determined cat who's got it in his mind to wreak havoc!!
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Chiming in with another "don't get leather" comment. We have a couple leather chairs, and while the kitties don't scratch deliberately, there are long marks and a couple punctures when they dash across.

OTOH, our microsuede has held up extremely well.
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-29-2005, 09:12 PM
 
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I guess I am the odd man out here..I have leather furniture, and my cats have not wrecked it (yet)

I keep their nails as short as possible, maybe that helps. They have no desire to scratch the leather..and so far no marks from jumping on and off.
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-30-2005, 01:21 AM
 
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We have two leather couches and they still look great, even with six cats running around. There are three small marks (like people said from them running across them), but both couches are a bone color and you can not even tell.

I keep their nails clipped and also have two very large cats trees for them along with tunnels to run through. So far so good!
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