Best Couch Protector for Cats

Best Couch Protectors for Cats

I love my cat Chewy more than my couch, but I still don’t like it when he scratches it up. So I’ve made it my mission to find a way to protect our sofa from his sharp claws with something that also doesn’t look like a hideous eyesore. Is it possible? Let’s see.

You might be wondering why cats scratch as much as they do, and the reasons they do are varied.

Knowing why your kitty scratches is great and all, but that doesn’t help you when it comes to protecting your furniture. Sadly, scratching posts can only do so much to keep your kitty from tearing up your sofa. 

I’ve done some research and found five different products you can use that will protect your furniture and keep your cat safe. Hopefully, this is helpful!

1. Easy-Going Sofa Slipcover Reversible Sofa Cover

This slipcover is a quick and easy way to keep your sofa safe from your cat, or maybe you have a few of them to protect your sofa from them. The cover comes in multiple sizes to fit any size of the couch you may have, including L-shaped sofas, futons, recliners, sofa, loveseat, and chair.

The slipcover is easy to put on, and it has an elastic strap that prevents the cover from sliding off the chair or sofa you want to protect as the kitty jumps on and off the furniture. This cover is also water-resistant, which is excellent if your cat has an accident and pees on the couch. The cover is machine washable so you can get rid of unwanted cat hair or any other dirt that accumulates on the surface.

This sofa cover is reversible, so you can change your furniture’s appearance without buying new stuff! It comes in twenty-two different colors, so you’re sure to find something to match your décor.

The Easy-Going Sofa Slipcover is an excellent way to protect your furniture from your cat, and you don’t have to worry about any harm to your cat.


  • Lots of color selection to match with existing decor
  • Easy to Install
  • Easy to clean


  • Claims that it isn’t water-resistant
  • Staps don’t hold the cover in place

2. Mzhugz Cat Furniture Protector

If you’re looking for a furniture protector and you’re not too fond of the sofa slipcover, then this may be something to consider. This item is a heavy-duty furniture protector, and the manufacturer says this product has ten times better anti-scratching performance than the alternatives.

This product measures 55 inches by 23.6 inches. It’s constructed from sisal, an environmentally friendly material compared to plastic. It’s also more durable and safer than plastic protectors.

The Mzhugz Cat Furniture Protector is easy to install on your furniture. It comes with Velcro straps to keep the protector in place. This product is also easy to clean and is stain-resistant.

This product is a scratch mat that you can attach to your furniture. It’s flexible, so you can bend it around corners to protect your furniture. It’s a great way to keep your furniture safe and give your cat something that’s okay to scratch on.


  • Provides a surface that your cats can scratch without damaging your furniture
  • Easy to Install
  • Easy to clean


  • Only comes in 2 colors
  • Not sturdy for serious scratchers

3. Panther Armor

The name of this product gives you an idea of its strength. This product is the answer you’re looking for if you want to protect your furniture, but you don’t want to change the color of the sofa you are covering and mess with your living space color scheme. 

When you buy this product, you get transparent vinyl self-adhesive sheets and pins. You might be wondering why you get pins when the sheets are self-adhesive; they are there for you to use to keep the sheets in place.

This furniture protector is thick and flexible and acts as a deterrent to scratching. This product is so thick that cats can’t scratch through it. You can customize the vinyl sheets by cutting the pieces you need and sticking and pinning them wherever you need to. This transparent vinyl protector is safe to use on leather and wood furniture. 

It is available in three different sizes, so you can buy the size that suits your needs or buy multiple packs to mix and match to get the job done.


  • Comes in a variety of sizes to suit specific needs
  • Easy to install
  • Effectively protects furniture


  • Adhesive doesn’t stick to all materials
  • Adhesive can damage certain materials

4. Sofisti-Cat Scratch Deterrent Tape

This product is another excellent way to protect your couch and other furniture that your cat might damage with its claws. When you buy this product, you get a 15-yard roll of tape that is 2.5 inches wide. You can use this to cover sofas or any other furniture that your cat has a habit of scratching.

Your cat’s behavior will change thanks to using this tape. The tape is sticky when the cat touches it, and cats don’t like sticky paws or surfaces. When you use this tape, you’ll teach your cat where you don’t want them scratching. This tape is an excellent way to reduce scratching without putting your cat through the trauma of declawing.

This tape is safe for your cat and your furniture. If you have faux leather couches or furniture made of bonded leather, this tape is not safe to use, and you’ll need to consider other options to protect your furniture.


  • Easy to install
  • Can be used on any surface your cat likes to scratch
  • Trains cat where they aren’t allowed to scratch


  • Not safe on all surfaces
  • Not all cats are deterred by sticky paws

5. Clear Thicker Couch Cover for Pets

This clear thicker couch cover for pets is a couch cover made with premium-grade 0.17-millimeter thick plastic. It’s different from the sofa cover mentioned at the top of the list since it doesn’t change the color of the furniture. The cover protects your sofa from cat pee, pet hair, dirt, and dust. It’s easy to clean, making it a significant investment whether you have cats, kids, or both!

This couch cover is available in different sizes to fit the various couch sizes. The surface is tear and waterproof and can be reused and reinstalled as needed. Thanks to the product’s construction, it can serve multiple purposes, including being used to cover painting jobs and renovation projects. Who doesn’t love something durable and multifunctional?


  • Easy to install
  • Easy to clean
  • Has multiple uses


  • Plastic covering unattractive/unfashionable
  • Not environmentally friendly

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you looking for more info before you make your decision? Here are the answers to a few commonly asked questions regarding couch protectors for cats.

Is it possible to keep my couch safe from my cat?

It is important to show your cat where it’s acceptable to scratch instead of trying to

prevent them from scratching at all. Some of the products mentioned above provide a different surface for scratching, and others deter them from scratching. If you’re using something that discourages them from scratching, you’ll have to provide something for them to scratch.

What materials are resistant to my cat’s scratches?

Materials like thick plastic and tightly woven sisal

mentioned above can hold up to your cat’s scratching without damaging the furniture. You’ll need something heavy-duty to protect your leather or cloth couch from cat scratches.

Are there ways to keep my furniture safe that doesn’t change its appearance?

If covering your furniture with something isn’t an attractive solution to protecting your things from your cat, you might want to consider nail caps or claw covers. It’s a temporary fix and lasts 4-6 weeks. You might appreciate this fix since it keeps you safe from your cats’ claws as well as your furniture.

If you think your cat’s scratching isn’t normal, you may want to speak to your veterinarian and have them connect you with an animal behaviorist

Lara Kitt

When we aren't scooping up droppings to ensure a luxurious litter box experience for our fur babies, we are writing all sorts of stuff about cats for your enjoyment and knowledge.

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