If you've purchased a new set of dining room furniture, you are likely excited by the possibility that you will be able to make your dining room look fantastic. The only thing standing in your way is the possibility that your cat might take a personal vendetta against your furniture. Here are some ways to keep your dining room furniture safe from your cat.
1. Make Other Rooms of Your House More Appealing
Get rid of everything in the dining room that might make your cat want to hang out there. Don't have any dangling objects that your cat would like to bat around and close the windows during the day to get rid of any sun patches that might fall on the dining room table. You want to discourage your cat from spending a lot of time in the dining room.
At the same time that you make the dining room less pleasant for your cat, make other rooms more pleasant. Make sure that you open windows to create warm sun patches in other rooms. Also increase the number of toys and scratch pads for your cat in the other rooms. This will make your cat more likely to spend time in those rooms.
2. Purchase Chair Protectors
If you have upholstered furniture, make sure that you purchase chair protectors that will keep your cat from scratching at the upholstery or having its fur stick to it. You will be able to find pads that easily fit your chairs online. Make sure that they are machine washable to allow for easier cleaning. Keep them on your dining room furniture every time you are not using it.
3. Invest in a Heavy Tablecloth
Next, make sure that you invest in a heavy tablecloth. This will ensure that your cat's claws do not scratch your dining room table's top if your cat should decide that the best place for it to hang out is on top of the table. The thicker the tablecloth, the more protection it provides.
4. Spray the Bottom of Your Furniture
Finally, if your cat is clawing at the wood of the furniture, spray it with wood-friendly, cat-unfriendly spray. This spray can be purchased at pet stores and is designed to repel cats by making the wood smell bad to the cat. Do this until your cat breaks the habit.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in dining room furniture.