Best fabrics for living with cats? Decorating with cats in mind.
I bought the Lubi daybed ( http://www.cb2.com/lubi-turquoise-sleeper-daybed/f7685 ) so I could have a place in my small living room for guests and for Saturday afternoon naps, etc. but it has a nubby upholstery that is my cat's idea of Heaven. She gets this crazy blissed out look on her face when she's scratching on it. Consequently, it's covered with a quilt all of the time. She doesn't scratch the quilt but the daybed doesn't look clean and modern- it looks kind of sloppy. :(
I was going to sew a slipcover for it (how hard can it be?) but wondered what fabrics work best to be not enticing to cat claws. I read that cats don't like to scratch velvet, but the sofa is a lighter turquoise/aqua velvet and not entirely immune to clawings either. But I can cover the most vulnerable areas with a throw and it looks intentional.
It's not like she doesn't have enough scratch appropriate areas. I've got a ton of those cardboard scratchers and she's encouraged to use the rattan baskets on the Expedit. I just get more from Ikea when they look awful.