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Recently we bought two leather couches.
The previous couches were upholstered in a durable fabric and they had worn extremely well and survived general family abuse, such as, food, drink, pets, teenagers, and the occasional small person.
Because we have a cat who did spend a fair amount of time on the couch or on the back of the couch, I regularly used a rubber brush, which worked really well for removing the hair. The fabric did look pulled or pilled in various places where kitty had used his claws to scratch.
As the fabric was tough, the pilling could be somewhat hidden by throw rugs and strategically placed cushions.
This scratching usually happened when we were not around, probably because he knew we were not partial to that type of behavior.
He had a scratching post but it seemed that the couches were a bit of a scratching magnet.
Finally, at our peril as it turned out, we replaced the fabric covered couches with two leather couches. We weren’t prepared for the immediate assault on the leather couches.
He made a dash for the new couch and dug those claws in, resulting in holes in the leather. Our response was immediate but over the next few weeks it became a major problem.
The thing is the cat had had free reign with jumping onto the fabric couches so it was really our problem not his, but we hadn’t anticipated this issue and couldn’t sit and watch the assault.
Even if we could keep him off the couches during the day he could do whatever he wanted to in the middle of the night.
Another annoyance which sounds minor but also became an issue was the throw rugs that had been used on the old couches now just kept slipping off the new leather, somewhat slippery, couches.
Sure they could be thrown onto the couch, in that casual Home Beautiful way, but as far as covering the couch, they just didn't work anymore.
So we had to make a plan and it was rather haphazard at first with just trying to cover the couches with the throw rugs.
Just imagine how tedious that became night after night plus the whole couch had to be covered so it was really quite a rigmarole.
My OH designed and made some throw over couch covers made from, wait for it, heavy duty black plastic.
I don't think anyone would ever say this would be a good design feature but we were desperate and for some reason we had a lot of heavy duty black plastic - don't ask me why - the shed is a place I rarely venture.
They were fully fitted to the couch and worked really well. (PS I can see a spinoff profession here). There must be a market for black heavy duty black plastic couch covers.
The plastic covers had to be put on the couch each night so still a bit, a big bit, of a hassle. Also they did tend to slip a bit so the next step was to attach some lead sinkers (the fishing type) to strategic points so that the cover could stay in place weighted down by the sinkers.
Now, it's starting to get really silly.
And, those black plastic covers as clever as they were, were really hard to fold up and put away and then where to put them became another problem. They needed to be nearby, but black plastic is a bit of an eyesore, to put it mildly.
Plus wrestling with heavy black plastic when you are ready for some shuteye is no fun at all and just adds to overall crankiness.
Finally, after searching online and not knowing exactly what I was looking for I found some semi fitted fabric covers which were a similar color to the couches and could hip, hip hooray, stay on the couches.
Life was restored to pre leather couch days.
I still took them off when guests were expected but everyone else just got used to the covers and in fact I often forgot all about them being there at all.
I should mention that they are easy to wash. Because they are largish, I put one at a time into the washing machine and they washed beautifully and dried quickly.
This option was a lifesaver. It’s the little things that can become such a chore and putting those covers on each night and taking them off in the morning, was driving us crazy.
I should add that the cat has multiple comfy places to hang out, in almost every room of the house, on the windowsill to gaze out at the world, on the bed with a comfy blanket to soak up the warm afternoon rays of the sun, on a sheepskin and so on.
Strangely, after all of this has happened he has decided, for the moment anyway, that he isn't that into leather couches and when he does jump up, it is softly and to sit on us, not the couch.
Maybe this is because he is getting older and in this past twelve months he has aged a lot.
It leaves me thinking - Did we solve this problem or did he? Nup, not even going there.
Couch protectors are highly recommended. They were a lifesaver and have since been out on loan to someone with exactly the same problem.
These protectors would also be great for families with toddlers and also for grandparents looking after grandchildren.
Couches are expensive and having the covers just means, it doesn’t matter if the cat is there or if something is spilled.
Life is too short to be worried abut such things and there was a solution. We just took the long way to find the solution.
Cats love doing this. They roll from one side to the other and stretch out. It's fun.
Are you tearing your hair out trying to solve this problem? There are some solutions.