Good Questions: Upholstery Protection From Cats?

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Hello AT,

For those cat owners out there, how do you keep a new couch nice in a home with cats? We are going to buy a beautiful new couch, and will not de-claw our two cats. Are the any suggestions for fabric types/textures that the feline friend may be less inclined to claw? [more below]

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Also, does anyone know of substances that really do work that can be applied to upholstery (without staining it) that will also deter cat-scratching?

I have heard of something like bitter apple, but am eagerly in search of good suggestions!

Alex in Vermont

Dear Alex,

Bitter apple spray does work, but you have to keep at it. There may be a better solution. Anyone?

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