There’s a lot you can do to prevent cats from scratching up in places they shouldn’t be, but sometimes, you don’t have the time, energy, or effort to deal with the bigger problem, and need a quick fix until you can get things all worked out. When it comes to cat scratch guards, I think absolutely nothing fits the bill better.
See, it’s not all that difficult to train your cat to stop scratching furniture, and even if your kitty’s taking his or her nails to the wall, there’s plenty you can to resolve the issue. But it takes time for habits that are formed and that cats engage in on the regular to be broken, and in the meantime, your poor sofa, chair, walls, or even doors for that matter, may begin to look quite a bit worse for wear.
Which is why these see-through scratch protector guards are perfect. They do the trick of covering up those places your cat just can’t help getting the itch to scratch in a way that’s incredibly safe for kitty, and incredibly safe for those spots as well.
Obviously, they’re also see-through, making them not all too much of an eyesore, and not all that weird to have up 24/7, even when company comes over.
They’re also very inexpensive in my opinion, and very easy to replace if your cat does eventually wear them down. Much better than having to replace the furniture or doors, or even doing costly repairs to the walls.
A lot more varieties of these actually exist than I initially thought. Before I started digging, I expected they would all for the most part be plastic/vinyl completely covered in a sticker back adhesive, and while these types do exist, there are plenty of other versions that are much more appropriate for different types of surfaces and materials. I for one think those sticker back ones are perfect for protecting leather furniture, and maybe for wood, but not for much else. There are types that come with push pins for fabric couches – ideal for making sure the sticker doesn’t stick too hard onto your favourite fabric couch and ruin it when it has to come off. There are some with Velcro branded small circular stickers, which make removing and replacing the scratch guards so easy if it needs to happen, and reduces damage if you need to place these up on walls or doors.
I don’t think they’d be perfect for every location a cat may like to scratch. I doubt you’d want to use them for mattresses or beds, for instance, and I definitely think they’re no good at protecting rugs, mats, floorboards, and large carpets. Not on the whole at least. That being said, if your cat only likes to scratch up small parts of a mattress, rug, floorboard, a part of the frame of the door, or even a small section of carpet, they may prove to be the perfect quick fix.
As alternatives if you’re mostly just interested in them for the sake of protecting your couches, sofas, chairs, and other furniture, you may want to look into all the furniture scratch protector options out there. Besides these there are also couch protector covers and cat scractchers for couches; those are really good products as well. But my guess is if you’re here, you knew this was the type of thing you were after, so let’s get into some of the best options I was able to find…
See-through Plastic Wall & Furniture Protector Cat Scratch Guards
The most popular type of scratch protector guards are clear plastic/vinyl ones that fasten to furniture with screw pins. Furniture Defender’s Protector Guards are 0.030 gauge thick. They make some of the most well liked, best selling, and highest rated cat scratch guards out there, and so are definitely worth a look if you’re just trying to cover up the front of your couch in a way that will prevent cat scratches from reaching a cats’ typically favourite-to-hit scratch spot.
More pinned, see-through cat scratch protector guards for fabric couches to look through before you commit to Furniture Defender’s include:
- Cat Scratch Guard Furniture Protectors
- Laminet The Original Deluxe Pet Scratch Shield
- In Hand Clear Heavy Duty Flexible Vinyl Scratch Protectors for Fabric
- PetIsay Plastic Twist Pin Cat Couch Guard for Fabric
Now, if your cat is scratching up the wall, you’re likely going to have a lot more limited options when it comes to what to do – especially if you don’t want to damage or screw or nail anything into your wall. These Laminet wall shields are a great solution, as they come with little Velcro branded circular pads that stick onto the back of the scratch guard and onto the spot on the wall where your cat likes to scratch. Because they are fastened with Velcro, they’re easily removable and replaceable, and as said before, don’t damage your wall at all. A great idea, in my opinion.
In case you’re looking to use see-through plastic scratch protector guards on something like leather, wood, glass, and thus are looking for a way to get scratch guards to stick without upholstery screw-pin fasteners, these adhesive types of protector pads are the way to go. Usually, the glue adhesive on the back isn’t sticky enough to damage the furniture pieces (or walls even) you’re placing them on, but do read recent reviews before you purchase anything. Even if a company traditionally has wonderful reviews, you never know, sometimes products are changed slightly out of necessity or to make a higher profit – and so you’ll want to make sure people are happy with the most recent outputs, especially as anything too sticky could screw up whatever you’re placing on more than the scratches themselves.
One other adhesive, sticker backed cat scratch protector guards for leather, wood, or glass that may work: In Hand’s Clear Heavy Duty Flexible Vinyl Leather Cat Scratch Furniture.
If you somehow ended up with the kind of cat who adores scratching doors – or ended up with some magical material for a door that all cats seem to love scratching – this Laminet Dog Door Shield may be the best suited product for you. Remember that Velcro-fastened wall shield? This product is something like that, but it also has a cut-out for a door handle and is ideal in terms of sizing for placing right under the door nob section of a door.
If you were torn about getting the sticker-back adhesives or furniture screw-pins to fasten your see-through plastic cat scratch protectors to, you may want to try a product that comes with both options integrated. Best of both worlds, seems to me, though you could always supplement adhesive-backed ones yourself with twist pins for fabric upholstry yourself if you prefer.
Not quite a cat scratch guard, but very similar, and you could probably still use it as such. Sofisti-Cat’s Cat Scratch Deterrent Tape is double sided, comes in extremely big pieces (so if you’re looking to cover the entire back portion of your sofa – no problem!). Be really careful with this one, though, and be sure to test before you commit to covering a large portion of your furniture, as some people have complained, while it’s really effective at keeping cat scratching at by, it’s also sometimes worse than the scratches in terms of damage caused after it’s removed. Just a forewarning.
Love the idea of see-through scratch protectors, but really would rather they be free-standing and not attached to your furniture at all? You may want to give the ClawOff Corner Protector a try. I won’t lie – it does seem likely that a clever cat may manage to figure out just how to get past one of these, but you can always figure out a way to fasten it yourself then if you’d like (like with sticky back Velcro tape) and wish for the best in the meantime.
Your Thoughts on Cat Scratch Guards?
What do you think of cat scratch guards? Would you ever use one in your home? Have you?
What types of spots does your cat like to scratch in? Which type of scratch guard do you think works best for that spot? Do you have any more ideas on protecting furniture, walls, doors, & more from cat scratches?
Can’t wait to hear your thoughts in the comments down below!