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My cat has put some scratches on my leather sofa. Does anyone know how to cover these marks? Thanks.
By brenda chouinard from Brampton, On
I used a dark paste shoe polish on my dark brown furniture. Worked good.
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I have read articles on this site about using shoe polish etc. to cover these marks, but I don't think this will work. The color is not the problem, I would just like to be able to heal these little cuts. I'm tempted to use a tiny drop of Crazy Glue on each, but I'm sure that is not the right thing to do. Help!
John from Gibsons, BC
I would recommend you call a local upholsterer or leather shop and ask them before you try anything. To prevent the kitties from scratching at it in the future, you can purchase sprays that deter them from hanging out in certain areas (like leather sofas). Read the instructions on the can and, once again, double check with the upholsterer and/or leather shop to ensure the product won't damage leather. (01/15/2008)
This product looks like it will help. I haven't tried it myself though.
Try this site which gives repair details of these problems. Do not use glue as this can go very wrong if not done correctly. http://www.lttsolutions.net/catscratches.asp (01/26/2008)
By Leather Agony Aunt
Go to www.leatherrenew.com and you can order a product that will fill small imperfections. Then you can order the dye to put over it. They are a big help at that company for the "do it yourself-ers". (03/25/2008)
I have new leather furniture as well. My cat loved it. He made some pretty good scratches on it. I got on line and found a pretty neat solution. My cat goes outside so I knew declawing wasn't an option. I ordered these soft plastic claws that you place over your cats nails. It sounds crazy, but it works. I ordered bright green. The fake claws are so soft that your cat can jump and scratch all he wants and never scratch our furniture.
Thanks for all the suggestions on repair. As for prevention, a cat tree liberally sprinkled with catnip helps, as does having the furniture out of the path of the speedway your cat uses to run around the house. Loud noises when cat gets on furniture very helpful, too. (12/04/2008)
By TR Beck in DC
We had a crazy cat too, and a brown leather sofa. I used Old English and wiped it on, but he scratched the side of the couch below the arm rest. We have to be careful that we don't touch it for a while afterwards and it doesn't last forever. Maybe you could make up a little bit of Rit dye to match the brown? The Old English makes the scratches less noticeable from a distance, but up close you can still see that it's scratched. Good luck! (08/23/2005)
Try using paste shoe polish, the color of the couch. You can also cover scratches on wood furniture with shoe polish (paste/wax) kind. Try to match the color of paste with the color of the wood or leather. I used to do upholstery work and found this worked well.
By Anna from Maine
Try using a fine tipped felt pen, as close in color as possible. On light colored leather use a lighter color than the leather. To stop kitty from further scratching get a small spray bottle filled with water and each time you see him scratching anywhere he should not, squirt, right in the head. After a few times of that, he'll stop. Be diligent. (08/13/2007)
By Been there and done that.