Avoid furniture with rough surfaces, such as tapestry or wicker. Roughness will tempt cats to scratch. Velours and microfiber-type fabrics are slippery and not so easy to snag. If you are not sure how the fabric of a new sofa will stand up to snags, get a small sample of it, take it home, and try to destroy it. If you can snag it by stroking it with a wire brush or steel nails, it’s probably not a wise purchase.
Cats also can easily destroy terry-cloth bath robes, foam rubber, dried flower arrangements, grassy house plants, sheer drapes, and feathered ornament plants.