If you can’t beat ’em, or you don’t even want to bother, join ’em straight away! And when it comes to cats scratching up furniture, I can think of no better way to simultaneously feed into your cat’s desire to scratch, prevent further damage to your sofa, and even make an already damaged sofa look quite good than with one of these.
I actually was a little disappointed to find there weren’t more of these sofa cat scratchers – mostly in the form of scratching posts or scratcher pads – around on the market, as I do feel they’re ever so good looking for a cat product, and are really the kind of thing every cat would absolutely love to use. In my opinion, those that do already exist, however, are already so good looking and so high quality, it’s alright that not many companies have taken a jab at these types of products, you’re likely to find what you’re looking for anyway.
I really do think these are your best bet for cats who really love to dig their nails into sofa corners, especially if you don’t want to take the time to train your cat not to scratch up furniture. There are plenty of couch protector covers for cats out there, but most of those don’t work ideally in the long run as they’re either not all that nice to have up when guests come over, or they’re not exactly nail-proof and will need to be replaced every so often.
The only other truly viable option to couch cat scratchers are a form of furniture scratch protectors that are actually quite inexpensive and reasonably good looking, to be honest. They’re see-thru plastic cat scratch guards that you fasten onto furniture, walls, doors, even flooring to protect from kitty scratches. Check those out if you’re interested in these, in case they suit your needs better. If you’re going to take the scratch guard route, I do think they’re better as a temporary solution, until you can train your cat to only scratch in cat-approved areas, or on human scratch approved objects, like rugs and furs. You can also buy a number of inexpensive cat towers of different sizes to scatter around your house, or go the cardboard cat scratchers route since those are typically very affordable anyway. These will make it much more likely your cat will stay far away from human furniture, since they’ve got plenty of places to take their claws out on that their pet parents approve of.
Speaking of which, if you look through this list and decide going the cat couch scratcher route is not for you, you may want to give taking a small cat tree and placing it right in front of your kitty’s favourite couch corner a try. Nothing like a good bribe to make the cat tree way more desirable than the sofa by covering the scratcher tree in catnip. You can also go the catnip spray route to make sure the new scratcher has all the amazing potency of a freshly bought catnip toy. Let me know if you do end up giving this technique a try (especially if you’ve already got a small scratching post or mini cat tree to test it out with), as I’d love to know if your cat chose the scratcher or the sofa.
Any experience with couch scratcher pads and scratching posts? Would love to hear your thoughts on these types of products, how much cats like them, and how durable they typically are below. Without further ado…
Couch Cat Scratcher Pads & Scratching Posts for Sofa Corner Protection
Corner cat scratchers should probably be a lot more popular as products than they are. If your cats favourite spot to scratch is the side of the sofa, and you only really mind how it makes the sofa look, why not help your sofa and your cat out by integrating a gorgeous, modern looking scratching post right in that perfect spot? These things look amazing in my opinion, and they come in a variety of colours so you’ve got a lot of option in case you want to find that matches your sofa pretty well. If you don’t wanna try to beat ’em, you can always pre-emptively join ’em. Of course, if you prefer more angular looks, try #2 instead…
Again, these look really good, and while a lot of people would probably only be interested in getting them for their cats who like to scratch on sofa sides after the damage has been done, personally I think they look nice enough to add even before damage is noticed. Especially if you’ve got a fabric sofa in one of the colours they’re available in, though honestly they look great on leather sofas, too.
Alternative sofa/wall corner squared cat scratching posts in case you want to do a little more looking before you commit to Sofa-Scratchers’:
- JIARUILA Wall Mounted or Couch-Corner Scratching Post
- Trixie Wall Saver Corner Cat Scratch Pad
- Freerun Sisal Wall Saver Corner Cat Scratcher Mat Scratch Pad
Sofa-Scratcher’s now got a DIY version of their furniture protectors out. It’s basically sisal “patches” you add to your sofa, for lack of a better word. In my opinion, these look mighty nice on couches. I honestly kinda wish there was a simple way to cover an entire couch in them, like a cover version of these patches. To me, they’re that cute.
SmartCat’s Wall Mountable Three-in-One Scratcher is so popular amongst felines. Honestly, it’s probably bought more to be used as a regular scratcher that you’d place on the floor than it is to be wall-mounted, but that doesn’t mean it’s not amazing wall mounted as well. Not sure if this is ideal just for use on the wall, or if it’s also okay to be mounted onto furniture as well, but in case you’re looking for some tips for mounting this particular product to the wall specifically, here’s a good guide from a reviewer that I found.
Like the idea of using a wall-mount cat scratcher/scratching post to do the job you need, but prefer to look through a few more? Check out:
- 4CLAWS Wall Mounted Cardboard Scratch Pad
- 4CLAWS Wall Mountable Sisal Rope Scratching Post
- ActiveCat Cedar Wall-Mount Wood Scratching Post
- UEETEK Wall Mounted Cat Scratcher Pad Sisal Toy
I mean, it seems to me cats love this thing, and one of the best things about a cat scratcher is if it’s really used and abused (i.e. loved) by our feline friends at home. It’s a mat that can cover terribly scratched up parts of the couch, be used as a scratcher itself, and looks extra fly carrying your remote control and living room clutter – I don’t think a products get much more practical than that.
KECUCO’s Cat Scratching Mat Pet Scratch Protector is also a contender on the cat scratch protector mat front, but comes without any storage compartments, in case you’re looking for something more simple.
I didn’t actually know these types of products existed until I started researching the types of things out there that work as scratch guards for this post.
If you’ve got a cat who likes to scratch chair, table, couch, or sofa legs, this is probably the best bet – a wrap you can easily place, take off, and replace whenever you want.
One other wrapping cat scratcher pads in case this one’s not your favourite: YOUYUN Flexible Sisal Cat Couch Guard Pad with Velcro & Spiral Pins.
Really dislike the idea of having to secure a corner cat scratcher straight on to your couch? Prefer to just have a scratcher sit right in front of your couch corner instead, so it’s easy to switch in and out, or even move to another location in case your cat decides it no longer cares for the particular sofa corner it used to be after?
Penn Plax’s Corner Wall Scratcher might be a good fit. While it’s still overall very similar to angular corner cat scratchers, it’s freestanding so you just place it where you think kitty will like it best and forget about it.
Your Thoughts on Couch Cat Scratchers?
Do you like the idea of sofa corner cat scratchers? Do you prefer scratchers that are placed in front of your sofa instead of needing to be screwed/secured into place?
Have you ever tried any type of cat scratcher on or near your couch? Did your cat use it?
Have you ever tried placing a small cat scratch post right by where your cat likes to scratch on your sofa? Did your cat ignore it and continue to scratch up your couch corner? Did your cat actually use the scratcher instead? Or choose a completely different option and scratch up both at different times (cats!)?
Love to hear your experiences with cat couch scratchers or really anything relevant to scratching up sofas below!