I'm about to buy a leather sofa. Any advice about training/preventing cats from damaging it?
TIA
Stuart Reed
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Hi Stuart,
I have a leather sofa and my cats really don't care for it at all. I suppose some cats might like leather, but mine don't. I would just make sure you have other more enticing scratching surfaces for your cats like a nice tall cat tree and some of those cardboard scratching pads. I would also recommend keeping their claws trimmed.
Lauren

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Hi Stuart, I have a leather sofa and my cats really don't care for it at all. I suppose some ... keeping their claws trimmed. Lauren See my cats: http://community.webshots.com/album/56955940rWhxAe Raw Diet Info: http://www.holisticat.com/drjletter.html http://www.geocities.com/rawfeeders/ForCatsOnly.html Declawing Info: http://www.wholecat.com/articles/claws.htm

I think the biggest worry would be *if* they like to sit on it (mine aren't super fond of the couch unless there is a soft throw on it) is accidental scratching by jumping off it. I would invest in a pretty throw (can be had cheaply from target or walmart etc.) kept on it. Also, if they have a favorite scratching pole or tree, if they would show signs of wanting to scratch (leather isn't terribly attractive; no texture) put it nearby.

Karen
I think the biggest worry would be *if* they like to sit on it (mine aren't super fond of the ... or tree, if they would show signs of wanting to scratch (leather isn't terribly attractive; no texture) put it nearby.

That, plus kneading (if your cats kneed) Our kittens have done some damage to my brand new (office) chair, leather. They love it, probably because I cuddle them and let them sleep on me when I'm working, so they're used to the area.

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I think the biggest worry would be *if* they like to sit on it (mine aren't super fond of the ... or tree, if they would show signs of wanting to scratch (leather isn't terribly attractive; no texture) put it nearby.

Try using a citrus scented spray on it as a deterrent as well. Worked for my Christmas tree...

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Try using a citrus scented spray on it as a deterrent as well. Worked for my Christmas tree... ~kaeli~

My wonder product for ceasing peeing on furniture! Haven't wanted to try it on the leather though - may not be very good for it. I keep scat mats on the leather. Scratching has never ben an issue on the leather (but it isn't on the cloth either...)
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Our cats hate the smell of cocoa butter body lotion so ive just got some rubbed into the leather around the bottom and they won't even go near it
My wonder product for ceasing peeing on furniture! Haven't wanted to try it on the leather though - may not ... mats on the leather. Scratching has never ben an issue on the leather (but it isn't on the cloth either...)

But would a scat mat keep a cat from clawing the side of the couch?

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I'm about to buy a leather sofa. Any advice about training/preventing cats from damaging it? TIA Stuart Reed

Hi Stuart,
I have 2 cats. Prior to the purchase of a leather sofa and loveseat, one of the cats destroyed an upholstered chair in the living room. I could not get her to stop clawing it, despite various scratch pads and posts. We got the leather loveseat and couch for the same room, removing all upholstered furniture from the room. THEY HAVE NOT touched the leather!!! They refuse to even sleep on it. I guess that the texture is too smooth and they would not get a good "claw" out of it. That was last June and all is still well.
Tips would be to keep the claws trimmed (check them weekly!), provide plenty of other places to scratch, etc. Good luck!

Beth
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