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Best Couch Material for Cats

If you’ve recently become a cat parent and you’re thinking of getting a new couch, you’re probably wondering what the best couch material for cats is. 

I have created an extensive guide on the best and worst materials for both scratching and cat hair, answered some pretty frequently asked questions, and even gave you some suggestions in terms of what you can do to protect your furniture. 

Read on to find out more! 

Amazon Brand – Rivet Revolve Modern Upholstered Sofa Couch, 80"W, Denim Blue

The right cat-proof couch material


Note: We’ve concluded that the best and most durable material for couches of cat owners is denim. It’s capable of keeping fur at bay and it also doesn’t get scratched easily. 

Before we move on to the actual couch materials, here are some good couch covers you might want to consider if you are a cat owner. 


Microfiber is a synthetic fabric also known as faux suede, microsuede or ultrasuede. Depending on how dense the weave of the fabric is, it will be able to withstand your cat’s constant scratching. 

Another reason to opt for this fabric is that it is way more budget-friendly than leather. 

It makes a great contender for the title of the best couch material for cats. 

Lifestyle Solutions Collection Grayson Micro-fabric Sofa, Dark Gray

But if you don’t own microfiber furniture, you can always turn your couch into cat-proof furniture by purchasing a good microfiber couch cover. 

The downside to having a microfiber couch in your living room, however, is that it’s not excellent when it comes to repelling fur. 

Many cat owners argue that it’s also not very easy to clean, which means that getting a cover rather than a couch might make more sense. 

Betsy Furniture Microfiber Reclining Sofa Couch Set Living Room Set 8007 (Grey, Sofa)

Accidents can be cleaned by blotting the stain with a towel and a little water and soap. 

You can also easily remove pet dander from any microfiber surface by vacuuming it or by using a pet roller

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If you are focused on getting a couch that puts up with the abuse that your feline buddy’s claws could inflict upon it, velvet is the right way of going about things.

The best thing about velvet is that it is not a fabric per se – rather it is a weave. This means that it’s a mix of synthetic fabrics ranging from rayon and nylon to polyester. 

COODENKEY Convertible Sleeper Sofa Bed Velvet Fabric Pull Out Couch with 2 Pillows Adjustable Backrest for Living Room Small Spaces, Dark Green

The most important aspect to keep in mind is that velvet doesn’t have any potentially loose threads that your cat might be able to snag on. It’s very tight woven. 

On top of everything, many cats don’t like the ‘feel’ of velvet, so they’ll be less tempted to spend time on your couch — so you’ll have less fur to clean off of it. 

The downside to getting one of the many pet-friendly couches made of velvet out there is that it does tend to attract fur. 

Velvet Futon Sofa Bed with Two Pillows, Modern Sleeper Sofa Couch with 3 Adjustable Angles, Convertible Small Loveseat for Living Room, Pink

In the end, it’s a great option if you want to keep your sofa looking as undamaged as possible. 

Synthetic polyester or nylon

If they are tight woven, synthetic materials can also prove to be great when getting the best couch for cat owners. 

One thing to note about these fabrics is that they tend to be less absorbent. 

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Therefore, if you’re lucky enough to be there when the accident happens (vomit, diarrhea, or whatever else), and you clean it right away, it might not even leave a stain. 

Darker color combinations are to be preferred if your pet tends to have such accidents – and this is true for all fabric options we’re showcasing here. 

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You were probably not expecting to find this fabric on this list. Well, the truth is that depending on how it is woven, denim can be quite durable. 

Sure, it might look a little informal, but it can be cleaned easily using just mild soap and water or a paste containing baking soda. 

2 Piece Cotton Washed Heavy Denim Sofa Slipcover, Blue

More importantly, if it’s tightly woven, denim is going to be able to put up with your cat’s scratching — and that’s what we all want, right?

It’s also very easy to vacuum since the tight weave doesn’t attract or keep cat hair as much as other fabrics. 

Amazon Brand – Rivet Aiden Mid-Century Modern Tufted Loveseat Sofa (74") - Cognac Leather

Best couch material for cat fur

We’ve first looked at the best couch materials for cat scratches, but which ones make the right choices if you’re focused on their fur-repelling abilities? 

We’ll tell you off the bat that you can’t have the best of both worlds. While some of the following suggestions are great for cat fur, they might be too sensitive for your cat’s claws. 

Poly and Bark Essex Sofa in Full-Grain Pure-Aniline Italian Tanned Leather in Cognac Tan

Leather (faux or real)

While leather is not good for scratches, it’s amazing when it comes to ease of cleaning and removing fur. 

It doesn’t attract almost anything and if something gets spilled on it, you can clean it quickly. 


Canvas isn’t the most popular material in the world, probably because most folks tend to think that it’s tough and too rugged to be comfortable. 

SureFit Cotton Duck One Piece Sofa Slipcover, Relaxed Fit, Corner Ties, 100% Cotton, Machine Washable, Natural Color

While it might be so, it’s also one of the most durable fabrics that couches can be made of, and it doesn’t draw as much cat hair as other materials. 

Its thick weave also makes it good enough for scratches. 


Depending on how tightly woven it is, microfiber can be good enough for cat guardians who do not want to deal with as much cat hair as possible. 

However, if the weave is not tight, the hairs will get into the strands and you’ll have a hard time cleaning your couch. 

Viscose and rayon

These synthetic fabrics look pretty decent, they come in a wide range of colors, but they do develop static cling. 

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That might not be something you will look forward to, but it’s definitely something that your cat is not going to appreciate, so she will avoid the couch at all cost. 

Plus, both rayon and viscose have the capability to repel cat fur. 


Its tight weave is great both for putting up with your cat’s scratching, but it also means that the cat fur will just sit on its surface, without getting into the fibers. 

CLASSY KITTY Cat Couch, 25" Assorted colors

Worst couch material for cat hair


Despite the variety of weaves that exist when it comes to wool, almost all varieties tend to attract cat fur as much as possible. 

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This is another fabric that doesn’t clean as well as some other materials that you might consider. On top of that, it tends to produce static cling, which some people might not be great fans of. 

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The structure of this material makes it a magnet for cat hair, but not only that. 

It’s also ribbed, which is why you will have a particularly hard time getting the fur off its surface. 

Casa AndreaMilano 2 Piece Modern Soft Tufted Micro Suede Sectional Sofa Couch with Reversible Chaise & Ottoman, Grey

Worst couch material for cat scratches


Suede is the worst couch material for cats for a number of reasons. 

It’s not as resistant as other fabrics out there, and a small incident involving water, urine, vomit, or feces, can damage your couch forever. 

In fact, even if you have a cat-proof couch cover, the liquid could get to the suede surface and leave a stain. 

Christopher Knight Home Sawyer Mid-Century Modern Fabric 3-Seater Sofa, Light Grey Tweed / Natural

Open weave fabric

This is a generic name for fabrics such as corduroy or tweed. 

As beautiful as they might be, they are capable of capturing all of the dust and fur in your and your cat’s living environment. 

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And no one likes a dirty couch, especially if there was a particularly colorful incident that has happened on it.

The open weave also means that this type of material is not durable over time. In fact, your cat’s nails are going to damage it in record time!

Catry 19” Cat Bed Sisal Scratching Post Mat Gray


This agave plant whose leaves are utilized for manufacturing cat scratchers is probably the worst couch material that a cat owner can get. 

Even wicker baskets can be damaged by a particularly energetic cat in just several weeks, let alone a sisal couch frame. 

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Naturally, you’re not going to want a sisal couch in your living room, but it’s a quite popular material for outdoor furniture. 

If you have a cat, it might be better to steer clear of it. 

SmartyKat, Sisal Angle Ramp, Cat Scratcher, Interactive Cat Toy, Durable Wooden Structure with Natural Sisal Surface

Preventing and solving the problem 

Preventing the issue is much easier than having to solve it, especially if you made the mistake of investing in a leather couch, for example.

I’ve put together a list of several ideas and products that you could use to make your feline friend less interested in your furniture. Check them out below!

Couch covers good for cat scratching

As much as some people might not be fond of the idea, the truth is that keeping your couch covered at all times, especially when you don’t have people coming over, is the best way to protect it from your cat’s claws or hair. 

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Here are some couch covers for cat scratching that you might want to try. 

Couch arm protectors

Did you know that cat scratchers that can be installed on the lateral sides of couches now exist? 

They’re pretty groundbreaking in my opinion, especially if your cat seems to have a favorite spot on your furniture. 

Unfortunately, my own cat tends to scratch both its sides, but sometimes she has a penchant for the center, so in these cases, I’d argue that a full cover AND a side protector work best. 

One Sight Cat Scratch Training Deterrent Tape

One Sight Cat Scratch Training Deterrent Tape, 4 Inches x 30 Yards(33% Wider) Cat Furniture Protector, Clear Double Sided Cat Couch Protector Cat Sticky Paws Tape for Furniture, Cat Anti-Scratch Pad

This is perhaps the narrowest protector model that I have stumbled upon. It’s specifically made for the bottom sides of your couch. 

One thing to note about this product is that it is made from perfectly safe materials, so even if your cat scratches it as much as possible, it won’t affect her health. 

The tape can be applied on other types of furniture, not just couches and armchairs — pretty much anything your feline friend seems to have a specific interest in. 

Check it out

In Hand Furniture Scratch Guards

IN HAND Furniture Scratch Guards, X-Large Premium Flexible Vinyl Cat Couch Protector Guards with Pins for Protecting Your Upholstered Furniture, Cat Scratch Deterrent Pad, 18" L X 12" W

Being both rugged and flexible, these furniture protectors are great as they aren’t made with any nasty ingredients, and they’re even eco-friendly. 

Like other choices out there, they are also transparent, so they aren’t going to be as visible as other models in the same line. 

All of the protectors are equipped with screw pins which can be installed easily and conveniently on the sides of your couch. 

Check it out

Stelucca Amazing Shields Store Furniture Protectors from Cats 

Stelucca Amazing Shields Furniture Protectors from Cats Cat Repellent for Furniture Cat Scratch Deterrent Couch Protector Scratch Pad Cat Repellent Cat Couch

This couch saver is capable of discouraging your cat from wanting to scratch on your couches and armchairs and more importantly, it will also protect them from your cat’s claws. 

They’re transparent and easy to apply on your furniture, so they look less weird compared to some of the other models I’ve come across. 

However, these ones are particularly large (measuring 17 inches in length and 12 inches in width) so make sure they match your furniture in size. 

Check it out

Using a cat scratch deterrent

There are some solutions (which come in spray bottles) that cats don’t like and so they’ll avoid the area they’re applied on. 

Honestly, I have mixed opinions about this type of solution, but I’d figure I’d mention it here anyway. 

I usually do not condone the use of cat repellents as they can be pretty detrimental for cats – they can produce anxiety or unnecessary stress, so your cat is not only going to avoid the couch, but even that room altogether. 

Homarden Scat Mat for Cats (Set of 10) 16 X 13 Inch Square Cat and Dog Digging Deterrent Mats with 1 Inch Plastic Spikes - Outdoor Garden Pest Control

On top of that, I couldn’t find any really good cat scratch deterrents or repellents out there, so I might as well advise you to make your own. 

Look for several recipes online – some smells that cats don’t like are mint, citrus, and even rosemary. 

So long as you only use natural ingredients, they can’t hurt your cat’s health. 

Please use them wisely and as rarely as possible – I’d really hate for your feline friend to be stressed because of them. 

PetSafe SSSCAT Spray Pet Deterrent, Motion Activated Pet Proofing Repellent for Cats and Dogs, Environmentally Friendly

Plenty of cat scratching furniture 

So your cat seems to be too interested in your couch… why not get a couch for cats? 

There are plenty of models available, and if you don’t find one in the exact design you like, you can at least get several scratching posts, cat trees, and other such accessories specifically made for this purpose. 

Kitty City Premium 32 inch Tall Woven Sisal Carpet Cat Scratching Post, Cat Scratching Furniture, Cat Post, 15.8 x 15.8 x 32 inches, Model Number: CM-0262-CS01

Cat couches, especially those that have been filled with or sprayed on with catnip oil solutions, can make it possible for your feline friend to be so interested in them that she’ll completely ignore the ‘human’ furniture. 

Here are some of my favorites in terms of scratching furniture for cats!

Furhaven Pet – Tiger Tough Tall Cat Tree

Furhaven Pet Cat Furniture - Tiger Tough Plush Cat Tree Hammock Self-Grooming Entertainment Playground, Silver, One Size

Not only does this scratching post look cute, but it actually comes with not one, but two sections that can be scratched! 

It’s cozy, cat-friendly, and it can be cleaned easily, and it’s not going to wear down as quickly as other cat trees. 

Check it out

PetnPurr Cactus Cat Scratcher

PetnPurr The Original Cactus Cat Scratching Post with Teaser Ball for All Ages - Protect Your Furniture with Natural Sisal Scratcher

Isn’t this one absolutely adorable? If your interior design is a little rustic, you can definitely consider this option, especially since it’s garnered the appreciation of more than two thousand people.

This product is durable, easy to assemble, and provides a variety of entertainment opportunities for one or more kitties. 

Check it out

Coching Cat Scratcher Cardboard Pad

Coching Cat Scratcher Cardboard Curved Shape Scratch Pad with Premium Scratch Textures Design Durable Scratching Pad Reversible

If you have nothing against your cat making a bit of a mess while trying to sharpen her claws, you can try out this model. 

What’s most important about this one is that it is completely environmentally friendly, having been manufactured using non-toxic 100% recycled cardboard. 

It’s not going to last as much as the first two units, though, but it’s also pretty affordable. 

Check it out

Paws & Purrs Pet Upholstered Sofa Bed, Oatmeal, 31.5"W x 19.5"D x 15.5"H

Do cats ruin leather furniture?

I couldn’t help noticing that lots of people on the Internet recommend real leather as the best couch for cats. 

The first question that popped into my mind was: ‘Do you people keep your living room door closed at all times so that the cat never gets in?’

Don’t get me wrong – leather looks absolutely amazing and it’s also sleek and soft. It doesn’t even retain any hair or odors, so it’s fairly easy to clean.

PROTECTO Cat Proof Couch Protector & Scratching Furniture Guard w/Sofa Safe Design & Grip-Tight Adhesive - Effective Sofa Leg & Corner Scratch Deterrent & Repellant

But if you’ve ever seen a ruined leather couch or a shredded leather armchair before, you probably know that nothing attracts cat claws more than this fabric. 

Just one single scratch can ruin the look of a whole piece of furniture made of this material, so what would be the point of you investing your hard-earned cash into something like this?

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Perhaps a leather couch does make pet-friendly furniture for some types of dogs – but definitely not for cats. 

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What couch material have you found to be good for cats?

I’d love to hear all about your personal experiences with picking the best couch for cat owners! 

I’ve honestly reached the conclusion that the best way of going about things is to invest in a thick and durable cover and take it off the couch when you have people coming over. 

Sure, your cat might be interested in it then, but if you also attach some sofa shields (cat scratchers) to its sides, she’ll damage the material a lot less. 

Please leave your suggestions in the comments if you have any!

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Cristina Vulpe is a licensed veterinarian who has been a cat owner since she was 12. She is passionate about giving useful advice to pet owners across the world. Her favorite topics range from pathology and novel therapies to infectious diseases and animal welfare. Her work has been featured in many online publications from The Pet Friendly House to Alpha Paw, Animal Wellness Magazine, and Currently, she is a Pet Content Specialist for IkoBrands.

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