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Well ive been looking for a new sofa.
The computer chair is black leather, and a reclining chair is black leather, so obviously we want a new sofa to match. The current sofa is material, all the cats try to give it a dig until they get a good telling off!

So anyway I was in a sofa shop and the sales guy said to us that cats dont dig at leather like they do other materials as there is something about it which just doesnt attract them. Now come to think of it neither the leather computer chair or the recliner have been dug at, at all- nothing. Yet they will still try on the fabric sofa, so is this just a coincidence? or is it that cats do not like to dig at leather??
 

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I have some bar stools with leather seats. The cats don't claw at them, but they do jump off of them to get to a window. It has several holes. Not from clawing at it but from the jumping.
 

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I think maybe the reason is that most scratching posts are carpet or fabric. The cat then learns to scratch at fabric, then claws the fabric furniture. Someone told me that once, and then told me not to get a carpet or fabric scratching post (which didn't work, as my cats won't scratch anything else).
 

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Pfft! My cat loves our leather chairs! We've weened him off of them in favor of clawing the crud out of the scratching posts or carpet. I think my cat loved leather most of all - that was pretty much the only furniture he scratched at all... blah
 

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I think that it really depends on the weaving of the fabric and the "tightness" of it - if it is loosly woven, it is easier to get their claws in there to rip it to shreds. But if the material is woven very tightly (for instance, our canvas slip-cover) the cats can't get their claws in it very well and so it's not very satisfying to scratch (they've never touched it). It is probably the same with leather.
 

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Even if they don't intend to scratch it, chances are they will accidentally scratch it by jumping on and off of it. Even my declawed cat left scratch marks on my parents leather couches.
 

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I have a pseudo leather couch and the only marks that are on it (although there are enough) are just from the back claws digging in when jumping off or onto the top to look out the window. I had those concerns as well and was also told that leather is not a desirable scratching surface for cats.

But DO expect to get claw pokes in the leather from the back claws.
 
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