Is it possible to have a cat AND nice furniture in the same house? …YES! With proper training and by providing your feline friend with the necessary tools, you can have nice furniture – free from claw marks. First, understand that scratching is a natural, necessary behavior and provide an appropriate place for your cat to scratch, that isn’t your couch.
This colorful infographic, from the folks at TheCatSite.com explains why cats scratch, how to protect your furniture and re-direct this natural behavior to scratching posts: