What Fabrics Are Cat Proof?

Cats loves digging into furniture and furnishing for play as well as to sharpen their claws. This is why every pet owner needs cat proof fabrics on their furnishing. Tightly woven materials are great options since the cat’s claws can’t dig in between the weave to break through the material and destroy it.  If possible, opt for materials that are both scratch and stain resistant. Also read our guide on how to get your cat to stop climbing curtains.

What fabrics are cat proof?

Man-made microfiber

Microfiber are great options, as they are soft and comfortable. Yet the tight weave of these fabrics make them more resistant to clawing and scratching. These fabrics also come in a variety of colors and textures, making it easy to find something that matches your décor. They can be great options to make cat proof curtains.

These synthetic materials are also easier to clean and are pretty hair resistant. You can pick up loose hair and dander with a lint remover or damp cloth.

Denim and canvas

If you’re still unsure what fabrics are cat proof, then look no further. Denim and canvas are the hardworking fabric that you can count on. They’re durable and don’t ripe easily. They are machine washable and can be cleaned in a warm to hot cycle. They can also be tumble dry. They’re pretty reasonably priced if you’re looking to replace them.

Canvas are typically made of cotton or linen. They comes in 2 different types: plain or duck. Duck canvas are preferred as the thread are more tightly woven. Look for heavy weight options as they’re more durable. Some canvas can also be made with water repellent and anti-microbial properties, so look out for those options as well.

Outdoor fabrics

Outdoor fabrics like polyester, acrylic, olefin and vinyl are very durable and designed to withstand harsher conditions. They’re also typically pretreated for stains and odors, so they are easy to maintain.

A popular brandname is Sunbrella, which is a durable, water resistant, and because they’re made for outdoor use, fade resistant. They’re easy to maintain as you can machine wash them. They’re also mold and mildew resistant.


Genuine leather can also be good options since they are hard to tear. High quality faux-leather can have a similar effect. But make sure to get high quality ones as cheaper options can be uncomfortably warm, not breathable and feels plasticky to use. Suede are less ideal than smooth leather. The smoother the surface, the less inviting it is for your cat as a smooth surface doesn’t provide much grip and hold to their claws.

Avoid these materials if you’re looking for cat proof fabrics

  • Looped pile or textured surface material: Your cat’s claw can get caught in these easily, sometimes even without trying.
  • Delicate and flow-y material: Lace, tulle, or any lightweight fabric that moves even with the slightest of wind is very enticing for your cat.
  • Luxurious material: Satin and silk are definitely not suitable for cats because they are so easy to tear and damage.
  • Faux fur: Cats love the feel of faux fur, but it also has a tendency to snag on their claws.

There are a variety of cat proof fabrics that you can choose from to protect your furniture from cats. Each fabric has its own advantages and disadvantages so make sure you pick a fabric that best suits your needs.