As a cat owner I have felt the joys and the pains of having two fuzzy felines living in my apartment. When I first brought them home they could actually fit inside the entertainment center compartments. Who knew that two adorable little balls of fluff that size could make such a disastrous mess!
We decided not to declaw our cats. Instead, we bought a scratching post for them and started to train them to use it. They absolutely loved it! They loved scratching on the post so much that they decided to start scratching other things as well. That included our sofa set. They progressed to destroying our box spring, and eventually there wasn’t a cloth covered object in the house that didn’t bear little claw marks on it.
Thankfully there are ways of making sure the cats don’t scratch on the furniture. The biggest thing you can do is make sure that their scratching post is near where the action is. If this means having an eyesore of a cat post next to the sofa for a few months, so be it. The cats are social animals and want to be where you are. Eventually, you’ll be able to move it away into a corner and they’ll still use it instead of the couch as their favorite place to dull their claws.