Your cat scratching at your lovely, expensive furniture can not only leave you out of pocket but also very frustrated, and annoyed at your cat for being such a bad little pet! Cats need to scratch, it is something that cats instinctively do, not as you may think, in order to sharpen their claws, but to remove the old layers of their nails, so you can’t blame them too much.
The best way to protect your furniture is by purchasing a scratching post. A great variety of posts is available from pet stores and online pet suppliers. They are fairly simple things to construct, but if you do make one yourself, be certain that there are no nails or other sharp things left sticking out to snag your kitty. And make sure that the base is heavy enough if it falls over your cat will not want to use it again.