If you’re a pet owner and concerned about how your pets are damaging every piece of fabric-covered furniture in your home, perhaps the last thing you’re considering is investing in leather furniture. But when dealing with pet scratches and other damage from dogs and cats, a certain type of leather could be exactly what you’re looking for.
Some people choose microfiber furniture because it’s tightly woven and hard for pets to damage. And that’s a good idea. Others choose fabrics labeled as pet-friendly and designed for use in homes with multiple pets. That’s fine too.
But one of the pet-friendly furniture fabric choices that’s often overlooked is aniline leather. This type of leather is designed so that it has scars, blemishes and imperfections from the beginning. A few more scratch or puncture marks by a dog or cat are hardly noticeable and don’t take away from the rustic nature of this overlooked furniture covering choice.
In fact, when leather is thick enough, cats and most dogs can’t puncture it. And it’s touch enough to resist a certain amount of clawing by cats.
And here’s something else you may not have considered about aniline leather: your animals may not want to have anything to do with it because they’re repelled by the smell. They can’t do any damage if they won’t even get near the furniture piece.
And there’s one other major benefit to leather: it doesn’t attract hair or fur like most fabric choices, meaning it stays clean. The pet dander, hair and fur that does land on it can be easily wiped away if the leather has a really nice finish.
So consider microfiber. And consider those special pet-friendly fabrics you’ve seen advertised. But also consider aniline leather. It’s an intelligent choice that can serve you well for years — years after those other fabrics have worn out and the furniture piece has been discarded.