I am thinking right out of the box here so I would welcome comments, even those that shoot me down. I don’t mind.
Why isn’t there furniture on the market that is designed to be both acceptable to people and designed and built to be scratched by a domestic cat? People share their home with the domestic cat. They share their furniture with the domestic cat. Why can’t it be made to be shared? Cats are members of the family. Indeed on a different subject homes can and should be built with greater adaptability in mind to accommodate companion animals.
There are thousands of different types of cat furniture that is made specifically for a cat to climb and scratch. This, sometimes large, cat furniture is very useful and it often sits in the living room. People who care for cats accept it as a functional piece of furniture. If they can accept that they can accept what I am proposing.
I would have thought that with modern technology in respect of materials and with the imagination of the best furniture designers, someone, somewhere could come up with a sofa that looked OK when it was scratched – Cat Scratch Sofa.
Of course it has to be made of a material that a cat enjoys scratching but we know that cats scratch furniture in the same, specific places. I have marked them on the photograph above.
Is it not possible to make these areas in a material that maintains a reasonable appearance having been scratched? The remainder of the sofa could be in the usual materials.
I for one, would very much welcome a piece of furniture that I know is designed for all members of my family and that didn’t exclude my cats.
There would be something very relaxing knowing that the sofa would be fine.
There are about 80 million domestic cats in the USA and about 10 million in the UK.
As I recall (and I am writing this from memory) there are about 20 million declawed cats in the USA – one quarter of all cats. I think, actually, the percentage is higher.
There are people who keep cats who will always declaw. It’s just a routine. The “cat scratch sofa” would not please them.
But there must be a large number of cat caretakers who fall in what I would call the middle ground. Those that don’t like declawing cats but who also don’t like damaged sofas. They are in the grey zone. They can be converted.
One way to stop declawing cats is to ban it – hurrah! Another way is to find alternatives to the guesstimated 20 million cat caretakers who are in the middle ground and who would consider purchasing a cat scratch sofa. This is a large consumer market. Come on furniture manufacturers, think out of the box!