Cats need a stimulating home environment with toys, furniture, and objects for her to scratch and climb. When choosing upholstery materials will stand up best to my cat's claws, performance fabrics made from synthetic fibers, like ultra-durable polyester and acrylic, are engineered to resist wear and tear. They also have smooth surfaces, so "they don't provide enough resistance for a cat to get a good grip on to begin with," says Christina Ha, cofounder of the New York City cat café Meow Parlor. Avoid uneven materials such as bouclé or woven linen, as well as rugs made of sisal, jute, or hemp—they'll be catnip to active paws.
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