You aren’t going to be able to completely stop your cat if it’s clawing away at your furniture – it’s part of their design criteria – and they will be hopefully free to roam around the house when you’re not in, and will be likely be going for it when you’re away. We’ve found that the best plan is to have a safe, easy place for them to go, and something for them to scratch that you don’t have to worry about so much. I’m not going to say for a minute that you’re ever going to stop the scratching completely, but a good cat scratching post or toy can help your cat get the best of both worlds – hopefully having a nice sleep on the sofa and a good “I’m really a tiger” sessions with one of our awesome toys.
Our solution to our dilemma was quite simple – we don’t have a nice sofa. Or nice things. Instead we have a small child and another one on the way, and any cat that comes by has to be pretty patient by definition. But if you do have nice things, then a place for your furry friend can really be a help.