We’ve written many blogs in the past about ways you can protect your leather furniture from natural wear and tear. Those blogs listed general tips and techniques, but they failed to mention information that’s specific to pet owners. Let’s face it, we all love our furry little friends, but sometimes they can be a little messy and destructive. Fortunately, you don’t have to choose between your furniture and your pet – you can love both of them equally!

While there are many positives to owning leather furniture, one particular benefit is leather furniture’s resistance to liquids. Unlike fabric furniture, leather furniture is not as absorbent and can be cleaned if or when your pet has the occasional accident. On the other hand, leather furniture is not impervious to scratches, which is why it’s imperative you take the necessary precautions to prevent such damage.

Before we jump into ways you can protect your leather furniture from pets, allow us to present alternative resting places for them. Before your little furball of love wreaks havoc on your furniture, try introducing them to the following options:

  • A designated pet bed
  • A rug or soft blanket on the floor
  • A scratching post that doubles as a resting place
  • A crate that contains soft bedding

If you train your pet to love these options more, they’re less likely to seek the comforts of your leather furniture. Of course, this is easier said than done – especially when it comes to animals who are in their infancy stage or are new to your home. If these options don’t work, you can always try a liquid or scent deterrent.

Most animals don’t do well with bitter tastes, so spraying a section of your couch with a safe citrus/acidic deterrent can help keep them off the couch. Spraying water in their face can also make it known that you don’t want them on your leather furniture. Whatever you do, consult an animal expert first to ensure none of what you’re doing is physically or emotionally harming your pet!

If you can’t train your pet to stay away from your furniture, don’t worry, there are other ways you can protect it! Check out the second part of this blog to learn more about how you can protect your leather furniture from your pet.