Felice Regina for Windham Fabrics, Caturday, Cat Scratch Fever Pink
Sucking or chewing on fabric can be soothing or relaxing. In some cases, it can be a response to fear, frustration or anxiety — the result of environmental and lifestyle changes. A cat may scratch if he’s stressed by the presence of another cat, a dog who’s tormenting him or the arrival of a new baby or significant other.
As we learned above, your cat thinks it's great to have scratching posts with different structures and textures. Consider a sisal fabric post in one room and a horizontal cardboard scratcher in another. If space permits, a in a favorite room will be greatly appreciated by your cat.
If you happen to own a cat then scratches on your couch is understandable or if you have kids who have accidentally torn the couch then you are at the right place. Instead of changing the whole fabric of the couch altogether, you can simply conceal the damaged area with a bit of creativity. Thinking how? Take a look:Besides being scratch-resistant, microfiber is a fairly tough fabric. I’ve heard claws go in, and the occasional crazy cat will fling himself off the side, but I never notice a claw mark or poke. All in all, it’s a great couch fabric for people who have cats that like to scratch.Microfiber fabric is soft and smooth, which is the exact opposite of the type of fabric cats like to scratch. Cats scratch to file their nails, and this fabric won’t help them there -- and they know it. I’ve had my microfiber couch for almost two years, and it doesn’t have a single snag, tear, hole or pull. Any of my other couches would have looked like a bird’s nest by now.Microfiber fabric is soft and smooth, which is the exact opposite of the type of fabric cats like to scratch. Cats scratch to file their nails, and this fabric won’t help them there -- and they know it. I’ve had my microfiber couch for almost two years, and it doesn’t have a single snag, tear, hole or pull. Any of my other couches would have looked like a bird’s nest by now.My upholstery has also not been completely immune to cat-scratch fever, and unfortunately I’m not sure there’s a whole lot of remedy for this situation other than lots of positive-reinforcment based training of the cat from a young age (I refuse to declaw my cats). We keep a designated scratching post near the chairs that the cat who is vertically-inclined likes to scratch, and she gets a treat when she uses it. That said, for any pet who has claws I suggest selecting upholstery fabrics with a very dense weave. If you can see the individual threads of the fabric or pull them even slightly with your fingernail, the fabric weave is not dense enough. Even a dog, without meaning to, could catch and pull on the threads of a fabric too loosely woven. Micro-fiber, again, is a great choice in this regard. My cats have never bothered our micro-fiber sectional. Leather might also be a good option, because it can’t snag and is easily wiped down. But I have heard there are cats out there who will scratch leather, so you want to know your cats preferences first before making any big investments.If you are living with pet cats, one of the concerns you might have in keeping your home looking good is their scratching behavior. Cats naturally have to scratch and “trim” their claws in the process, and while you can buy scratching posts from pet supply stores, there are times when your cat would still love to scratch on other objects such as your upholstery fabric.