Cats scratch for multiple reasons. For one, it’s good exercise. It tenses and stretches back muscles leaving a cat relaxed afterwards. My yogi friend jokingly says its a form of kitty yoga. Who knew a good scratching session could beget feline zen tranquility?
Reasons aside, kitty yoga and your favorite leather couch do NOT belong in the same sentence. Heed the following:
-Couches are heavy and they don’t wobble. Get yourself a sturdy scratching post.
-Is your cat scratching a vertical or horizontal plane? If he has a vertical scratching post, but he’s scratching the horizontal part of your sofa, get him a horizontal scratching surface.
-Put the scratching surface in an area he WANTS to scratch. A guest bedroom tucked away in the basement may not make his heart go pitter-patter. Put the scratching post in an area he prefers to scratch and your couch will not fall victim.