Monday’s pets on furniture

Posted on Mon, 31 Oct 2011 by KiM

If you’d like to send us photos to include in next week’s “pets on furniture” post, please ensure your photos follow our basic rules: First, the pet must be on a piece of furniture. And said piece of furniture must be clearly visible in the photo, so it takes center stage rather than your pet. Think of it more of a photo of a great piece of furniture that you want to show off…and your pet happens to be sitting on it. And second, the photo must be of decent quality. If it’s dark or fuzzy (from a camera phone) then it may not make the cut. Thanks! (Photos, your name, location and a brief description can be sent to  desiretoinspirekim[@]hotmail[.]com and PLEASE don’t send closeups of your pet!)

My not so little Frenchie lives to lounge on a window sill which serves as my headboard. Amongst my mostly handcrafted treasures, He’s the best accessory.

Zuzu (the cat) on the classic West Elm overlapping squares daybed
Melissa (Rochester, NY)

This is 5-month-old Bodi trying on a costume (for our blog) for the very first time.  On a (bad) design note, really need to close in the sides of the bookcases flanking the bay window!
– Corrine (Toronto)

Murphy (6 months)
– Christina & Samuel (Vorarlberg, Austria)

Our little dog Baxter in his favorite spot on the couch. 
Debbie (Rhode Island)

Debra says:

Love dog in the window. This is one of my favorite Monday blogs!

I love pets on furniture! I need to send in some photos already. Next week. 😉

KiM says:

Yes Erin, please do!!!

neha says:

I have recently bought an apartment; I am thinking of getting a kitten, but I've heard they love to scratch the sofa – having got a 2500$ sofa, I am not so keen on that happening. Looking thru your photos, the cats dont seem to have done too much havoc on the sofas – can someone share the trick?

I really really like the Pets on Furniture series – what an awesome combination!

Connie says:

neha, get two kittens. Being alone and bored is one of the main reasons for cats to "redecorate" your home. Providing scratching posts will also help.

Christina says:

Neha, another thing to consider is that many adoptable cats (in the USA at least) come de-clawed or at least front de-clawed. While I do not think I could ever choose to de-claw an animal, if you are saving a kitty from a shelter that was de-clawed by previous owners or possibly by the shelter itself, you can avoid the moral dilemma and just focus on saving your new friend! I adopted a 3-year-old front de-clawed cat (by this I mean only his front paws are de-clawed) almost a year ago and I love him to pieces! My furniture is all very much in tact. 🙂

My parents have two cats with all their claws and when they bought a new sectional a while back they got specially made pieces of clear plastic to attach to the corners and spots kitties are most likely to scratch. Not ideal from an aesthetic point of view but it has helped them a lot.

Janet says:

Soft claws! which are caps for your kitty's claws adhered with glue. They are sold as a kit, in different sizes, even colors and can be purchased from your local SPCA/Humane Society, PetSmart, etc. In time they fall off, and simply need to be replaced. It's been a terrific solution for our kitty and furniture. Definitely give them a go.

By the way, Pets on Furniture is one of my favorite weekly postings and I've been following Desire to Inspire, regularly… for years!

KiM says:

Being an owner of 7 cats, with furniture all intact, I must say fear is a great solution. If any of my cats went anywhere near our furniture with their claws, I screamed my head off. They learned pretty quick that momma don't tolerate that nonsense. (Not kidding). And I make sure scratching posts are abundant. I have a huge 3 story tower (need to come up with a better looking DIY version) and 2 cardboard bed things in my living room, and another cardboard thing and a post in my bedroom (the rooms they hang out in the most). I read once you should have a scratching post near where they eat and sleep.

Thanks for being a DTI follower Janet!!

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