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Best Furniture Fabric for Cats | Cat Friendly Upholstery

Best Furniture Fabric for Cats | Cat Friendly Upholstery

Best Furniture Fabric for Cats | Cat Friendly Upholstery

If you love (and have) your cats, you will love Kovi Fabrics. We offer a wide range of cat-resistant fabrics that are ideal for rescuing your sofa or chair from kitty claws and the inevitable stains that come from being a fur parent.

Before you get rid of your kitten or throw out the couch, opt for a facelift instead. Renovate your furniture with cat-resistant upholstery fabrics from the Kovi Fabrics' Catalog.

Why Do Cat Owners Need Cat-Resistant Fabric?

If you are a new cat owner, you are in for a surprise. Cats are quite the force d'resistance in your home. Cats claw at soft furnishings, sharpening their claws, and they rub against furniture, leaving scents and tell-tale grime marks. As if that's not bad enough, cats shed, leaving endless cat hair all over your furniture and life. Plus, when it rains, they leave little footprints all over your clean floors.

These are just some of the reasons why cat owners need a performance fabric that is geared to cat-resistance and the survival of claw marks. To choose the best cat-resistant fabrics, opt for fully washable or wipeable upholstery fabrics, thick fabrics that won't rip or shred, and upholstery fabrics that are resistant to pilling and pulling.

Choosing a fabric that won't absorb cat hair is a huge plus, and while you can vacuum daily to remove the daily load of shedding, you want a fabric that won't instantly form a bond with cat hair. Cat-proof fabrics are performance fabrics that can do all of that, and you can find the best of these at Kovi Fabrics.

Can Cats Damage Your Furniture and Fabric?

If you're worried whether your cat can damage your new expensive leather sofa, the answer is a resounding YES! Cats have incredibly sharp claws, and they love to scratch at furniture, pillows, and upholstery. Unlike a dog that can be trained to stay on the floor, cats believe they own your home and will continuously jump on your furniture.

Therefore, you need to be prepared with quality cat-resistant upholstery fabric and textiles to ensure you can minimize the damage. A fabric that resists sharp claws won't let the cat shred the fibers. This kind of fabric should be fully wipeable or washable. Throw in the ability to vacuum that fabric and you're well up to the challenge of being a cat owner and having your home looking stylish - always.

Do Cats Prefer Certain Furniture Types?

Cats can turn any furniture piece into a scratching post. They will happily nest on your ottoman, dining room table, or sofa. The flare arms of your wingback chair are not off-limits to them, and you will even find your cat scratching away at your coffee table legs. Nothing is cat-safe.

Best Types of Fabric for Cat Owners

Cats seem to like any furniture, but they especially love bright colors and fabrics that have some tooth to them. Velvet, brocade, embroidery, and damask fabrics are a definite NO as cats can sink their claws into these like a knife into butter. Additionally, cats will naturally gravitate toward fabrics that are susceptible to scratching and hooking-those are just so much more fun to a cat!

Instead, opt for upholstery fabrics that are solid, resist penetration by claws, and are not so "sink in soft" that your cat will want to come over and hibernate there (while kneading the threads out of your sofa as they purr away).

Great Cat-Proof Choices Are:

Genuine Top Grain Leather

Top grain leather is the thickest kind of hide available, and it is fully resistant to the average scrape or scratch. Unless your kitten is bent on destruction, you will be quite reassured with genuine leather as an upholstery choice.

Microfiber Upholstery

As the name suggests, microfiber is a tightly woven textile, and it resists cat claws. Microfiber is also quite stain-resistant, and you can wipe and wash microfiber upholstery, giving you numerous cleaning options for keeping your furniture spotless.

Microfiber has a higher thread count, which also means the fabric is more durable fabric and resistant to being infiltrated by cat hair pet hair and other stains.

Higher Thread Count Upholstery

Cotton and marine-grade upholstery are ideal for pets and cat-friendly homes. These fabrics have a high thread count, which means pet claws aren't so easily able to penetrate the weave of the fabric.

Fabrics such as denim, canvas, duck, and twill upholstery fabrics are all worth a try when keeping your furniture cat-proof. If your cat is truly destructive, you may need to consider the extreme, bite the bullet, and opt for 100% natural top grain leather, which is the most natural and the least fragile to cat claws.


Kovi Fabrics can help you find the best cat-resistant fabric that can make your life much easier and keep your furniture looking new for longer. With rip-resistant, hair-repellent, and stain-proof fabrics on offer, you can choose a textile option to suit your life (and cat), budget, and home.

Choose Kovi Fabrics to keep your cat-friendly lifestyle purring away with cat friendly couch material.