It's a frustrating part of having a cat---they scratch up the furniture! But why???
It's actually not because they want to wreak havoc on our lives, but because instinctively they want to let other cats know they own the couch! Scratching not only leaves visual evidence, but they also leave behind scent markers from the glands in their paws. Scratching also helps to slough off dead bits from under their nail (umm...ew) so new growth can take place.
To deter the scratching by a cat scratch post and place it as close to the furniture they love to scratch as you can. Then you can all live in peace and harmony......till little peanut decides to take on the curtains. (Sigh)
~ Lisa D