Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Keep Kitty From Destroying Your Vintage Furniture, Interior Designer Pet Tips
A conversation that comes up a lot on the blog and in real life often is how I keep the Yuko cat from destroying everything I own as a vintage seller and collector. Today I'm sharing tips from vintage reseller and former trained interior designer Tara (check her blog here) on how to pet-proof your pad.
Pet Tip #1: Do not purchase upholstery that has a loop in the fabric, even if a cat's not trying to scratch, their nails will snag the fabric. Microsuede type fabric, for example, does not have a loop in the fabric.
Pet Tip #2: Try to avoid a nice long arm on the sofa, opt for what is called a "T-cushion", where the arm is set back and the cushion has a notch that comes in front of the sofa, this takes away the most tempting part to scratch.
Pet Tip #3: Buy the double-sided tape panels that can be purchased at pet stores and tape the hell out of the sofa where a cat would scratch. It's best to do this when the upholstered piece is first bought in, leave the tape on as long as you can while you're training the animal, maybe a month or so. Yes, it looks weird and ugly but it can save you in the long run!
Pet Tip #4: Keep cardboard scratching boxes next to the sofa to keep their claws out of the furniture.
Pet Tip #5: Have your water bottle handy for any mishaps!
Final Tip: You see that sinfully ugly couch above? I got it for free from Craigslist and I call it the "sacrificial couch". There's also a "sacrificial bookshelf" I made from simple pine years ago. Yuko can scratch and lay on both without repercussions. You have to give your animal a bed, a perch, somewhere to feel safe.
Yuko did break a couple of vintage goods in her youth, but she's calmed down significantly and there haven't been any breaks since. Be patient with hyper puppies and kittens, like toddlers they'll outgrow the destructive phase.
Update: Thanks everyone for pointing out NOT to declaw your animal in the comments. There are many alternatives as you see in this post, they can be trained. You cats need their claws not just for protection but also their sanity!
Do you have any tips to share for keeping kitty's claws off the furniture and valuables? Do share in the comments!
Labels: Thrifty Decorating