Pets, pets, pets… We love them and they love us. But why don’t they love our sofas?
Well, I’m sure they love couches. Just not in the same way that we do since they like to bite or scratch the most important piece of our living room furniture.
To make life simpler, we have decided to share with you 11 Ways To Protect Your Sofa from Pets. Hopefully these tips and ideas would be easy to apply with immediate results.
Ready to have an incredible sofa, even with pets in your home?
1. Have pet toys next to your sofa
This is probably the most common idea to prevent your dog from biting your sofa legs or your cat from scratching your sofa. Toys such as a chew toy or scratching post help pets to relax and play with them instead of your couch.
There are many types and designs, and it’s important to find the perfect one for your pet. Before purchasing anything, we recommend you to analyze your pet to identify if it loves to bite or scratch. Then you’ll be able to buy a pet toy accordingly.
2. Keep your pet’s nails manicured
Another easy way to protect your sofa is just keeping the claws of your pets short and polished. This easy tip is also great for your pet’s health. Nails that are too long can chip and break, creating painful situations for your cat or dog.
They can also make standing and moving painful or awkward for your pet and in extreme situations, the nails can continue to grow until they curl around and become embedded in the paws of your pet’s feet. Just a few more reasons to keep your pet nails manicured!
We also recently found a very interesting product to avoid pets from scratching your sofa. It’s called Soft Paws and they’re tiny ribber nail caps that go on your cat’s claws with a sticky nail-polish-like glue.
These Soft Paws caps are small enough to allow your pet nails to retract normally, so they don’t feel any pain or discomfort. They also fall off naturally and you just need to reattach them as you go.
3. Buy a good and comfy Pet Bed or a Pet Couch Cover
A great way to keep your pet from damaging the sofa is buying them a Pet Bed and teaching them to use it instead of the couch. Pet beds are also a great way to control fur dispersal, because it’ll be mainly all in the same place.
If your pets don’t like the bed you bought, you can try a Pet Couch Cover. Your pet will be able to use your sofa, without leaving hair or dirt on it. Check these out 😉
4. Close the door of your living room
At Comfort Works we are huge pet lovers, and we love to have our pets playing and walking all around our homes in a free way. But if you aren’t at home and you can’t control what your pets are doing, it’s important to protect the rooms where your pets can destroy furniture.
For example, just by closing the door of your living room you’ll prevent your pets from damaging your sofa. The alternative is to keep them in a room of their own if space allows it.
If your pets love to scratch a door when it’s closed, you can also buy a Door Scratch Protector. They are available at Amazon, Target, Wallmart and many local shops.
5. Set an entrance at your home so pets can play outside
Many times pets just need a little bit of outdoors time to play, bite things and do all that kind of things that animals have to do. Installing a little pet entrance in your garden’s door is a great way to assure your pet will be entertained when you aren’t at home.
If you don’t have a terrace or a garden in your home, you’ll need to give your pet plenty of exercise during the day.
6. Give your pet plenty of exercise
Take your pet for a walk, play with it, take it to the park… These activities, in addition to improving the physical shape of your pet, will help when they get home to be more relaxed and calm.
Essentially these pets need stimuli and if they’re cooped up all day at home they’ll need something to take it out on – that’s right, your furniture becomes a victim.
If you don’t have enough time to do it during the day, you can always hire a dog walker or take your pet to an animal daycare center where profesionals can play with them and keep them entertained.
7. Brush your pet’s hair regularly
We know how exhausting it can be to have pet hair all around the house. Just brushing your pet’s hair regularly you’ll prevent this issue and you’ll keep your pet clean and healthy.
In extreme cases, you can also buy a vacumm cleaner specialized in pets hair. There are many of them in the market, for different budgets and situations. We recommend a bagged vacuum to avoid pet hairs to go flying, every time you empty the vacuum cleaner. Of course, not every pet likes this.
8. Pet-friendly Sofa Covers
A new slipcover is also a great way to protect your sofa from pets. We recommend to buy a machine washable one that also matches the colour of the pet’s fur. This way pet hair won’t be so visible all around your living room and you’ll be able to easily clean it with your washing machine later on.
At Comfort Works we have more than 60 types of fabrics to make our handmade slipcovers with. Some fabrics are more recommended than others for homes with pets. An example would be our heavy duty Kino Fabrics which are great for frequent machine washing. A great combination for homes with furry and playful puppies and/or kittens. Do note that it doesn’t mean that the fabrics are claw-proof!
Leather slipcovers are also nice for pets because they are easy to clean with a damp cloth, and it doesn’t attract hair like fabrics. It’s also more odour resistant than other materials. Your pets (cats) are also less likely to scratch leather, as there are little to no gaps for their claws to go through, but accidents do happen so it’s always recommended to trim their nails anyway. Prevention is always better than cure!
Some of our customers have also shared with us that velvet fabrics have a similar reaction, probably also due to the soft feel and tight weave of the velvet. But I think that the best way to prove this is by ordering some fabric samples and checking them in person.
And don’t forget to rub them on your pets! You can order some of our fabric swatches here.
9. Spray your furniture with air freshener.
I love this tip because it’s so easy and cost effective! Not only do you keep your sofa smelling good and fresh but pets normally don’t like citrus scents.
As such they’ll need to look for other places to lounge on, allowing you to isolate spaces for better fur control.
10. Pheromone electric diffuser
Alternatively you could buy a pheromone plug-in and put it in your living room. Some of these difussers have an odor that will keep your pets away from this area without damaging their health. Others just have a calming effect on them.
Pet shops and Amazon are a great way to find this product. Here’s a couple of the most common brands of pheromone electric diffusers:
11. Double Sided Tapes
This is probably not the most aesthetic solution but it works really well. You just need to spread double-sided tape on places of your couch where your pets love to scratch, like the sofa legs, the armrest, etc.
The sticky feeling of the double sided tape will keep your pet away from the sofa. When buying the double-sided tape, remember to choose one which doesn’t leave a sticky residue on your furniture.
Hope these ideas will help you to protect your sofa! If you have more tips or advice for homes with pets, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment below. We always read them 🙂
If you are interested in pet-friendly sofa covers, you can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting our sofa covers online store. You can also connect with us through our social media. We have accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
Have a nice day!