How to protect a chair from cats?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by max2, Dec 7, 2016.

  1. max2 macrumors 68020

    May 31, 2015
    No I am not getting rid of them or declawing them.

    What would be some ways ?
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Buy or build a carpeted scratching post. that helps. Better yet find a cat tree (carpeted)
  3. max2 thread starter macrumors 68020

    May 31, 2015
    Thanks would a chair cover help at night when the chair is not in use? Like for example a patio chair cover?
  4. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000


    Mar 17, 2007
    The only way to totally protect it is by putting it in room where a cat cannot get into but that is worth try. BTW if you keep the cats claws trimmed it will cut down on the damage they can do.
  5. RootBeerMan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 3, 2016
    I trim my cats claws and cover our leather furniture with throws. Works for the most part. Scratches are just a part of life with cats.
  6. dangerfish macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2007
  7. max2 thread starter macrumors 68020

    May 31, 2015
  8. RootBeerMan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 3, 2016
  9. max2 thread starter macrumors 68020

    May 31, 2015
    This is true but if I can tie it down and they can't get under it this may work.
  10. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
  11. max2 thread starter macrumors 68020

    May 31, 2015
  12. Europa13 macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2009
    I got a good cat tree 11 years ago and it turned out to be an excellent investment in regards to saving furniture. Carpeted is good, but roped bases are the gold standard and last longer. I've had to re-rope three of the base posts once (the fourth is in a corner and doesn't get used), but it's still in great shape and the carpeted type would have needed to be replaced by now.
  13. merkinmuffley macrumors 6502a

    Dec 3, 2010
    Put the chair in the shower. If the cats figure out how to open the door, leave the water running.
  14. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    You could try shutting the door to that room!!
  15. AlliFlowers Contributor


    Jan 1, 2011
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    My cats don't claw the furniture. They simply leave massive deposits of fur everywhere they go. I use throws on all my furniture. I can change them out quickly to wash, or remove them completely when company comes.
  16. velocityg4 macrumors 68040


    Dec 19, 2004
    Place a tall Cat Condo near the chair. Lure them to it multiple times with cat nip (as a joke you can get the Meowijuana brand). So they get used to it and scratching it. It needs to be tall so it becomes their favorite place. Cats like to be up high and above the action. Perhaps add a Heated Cat Bed. Making it irresistible. The only place they like more than a high place is a warm high place.
  17. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    If the cats are more important than the chair, simply get a non-upholstered chair.
  18. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    I had the same problem with my cats. It is in their nature. To solve the problem, I replaced the chair with something that isn't made of something they would like to poke their claws. Cats really like to poke their claws into certain types of material so keep something in the house for them. Cats love clawing things and it makes them happy. When the cats are happy, you will be happy.
  19. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    I had one of those back in the 80s and had 3 cats, and they loved it. The tree had a box in the middle where they could get in and nap. never a problem with furniture.
  20. Bromeo macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2015
    Near Seattle
    Things I've tried with varying success:

    Clear packing tape laid sticky-side-up (nasty surprise for kitty)
    Crumpled sheets of aluminum foil (unpleasant to walk on)
    Chair mat for carpets, prickly side up (really unpleasant)
    Scat-Mats (works great on counters, and floors - just be aware if walking in your stockings across it - just like a static zap)

    #1 Rule is consistency - chair / counter / kitchen is ALWAYS no fun
    #2 Rule - cats don't understand punishment - they just think you don't like them and wonder why you are being mean... instead, let them come to their own conclusion that something or some area is not a pleasant place to be.

    So... either make the surface/object unappealing (100% of the time if possible), and/or provide something better.

    Also - another vote for Soft-Claws / Kitty Caps... if your kitty is accustomed to your handling paws and clipping claws, you can get them used to applying caps. My method is stay one step ahead of the cat and give lots of reward / petting after.
  21. jshannon01 macrumors member


    Oct 22, 2011
  22. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    We train our cats what is and is not acceptable to scratch. It takes time and dedication, but once learned, it is effective for the rest of the cats life. Method:
    1. Initially, make sure there is a good scratching post in every room with a vulnerable item. Make sure the scratching posts are attractive destinations with catnip or treats at them.
    2. Every time they scratch the wrong thing, pick up the cat and place him on the scratching post.
    3. Every time they scratch the right thing, provide a treat.
    4. Once they have figured things out, you don't need a scratching post in every single room. You can just keep one in the house and they will go there. You can also eventually stop doing #3 over time.
    Recent studies show that negative reinforcement slows down learning time, so I don't suggest negative reinforcement for #2. Just stick to positive reinforcement in #3.
  23. Skald macrumors member


    Oct 20, 2008
    We have used a water pistol, mostly successfully, with one cat who is a very slow learner. She does not like getting sprayed, but does not hold a grudge, and rarely starts to scratch the chairs. If she looks in position to scratch, and then I show her the water pistol, she changes her plans.

    This seems a humane bit of behavioral conditioning. Our smarter cat stopped scratching chairs after one squirt. And using the water pistol calms me down, too.

    We also have one small or big scratcher in every room, and when I sometimes pick up the slow cat when she is about to scratcher, and take her to a scratcher. Not sure if that has a long lasting effect, but most of time she does scratch.

    Thank you for not having your cat declawed.
  24. SamVilde macrumors regular


    Oct 18, 2008
    New York City
    Double-sided tape. They sell rolls specifically for cats. Once the cat touches the tape, he/she will never touch that area again. We have managed to get our cat to lose interest in all of our furniture, but if she ever touches the couch again, we put a piece of tape there.

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