Can the piece of furniture bought online hold up to a set of razor-sharp kitty claws?

By Kelli Bender
January 17, 2019 03:20 PM
Kelli Bender; Burrow

I am a Michigander, an editor and a Pisces, but above all things I am a cat mom. My fur baby is a 2-year-old orange tabby named Wallace.

Wallace is far from my first feline; that honor belongs to an all-white male cat that my parents gave me after I turned 5. I creatively named him Fluffy. Since this early start, I have cared for six different cats.

What I am trying to say is, I have experience with felines: scooping their poop, scratching behind their ears, finding their preferred food, etc.

All kitties come with certain foibles that I am happy to overlook, often because they are not foibles at all — just human preferences against certain natural feline behaviors. The one that immediately comes to mind for me, though, is many felines’ devotion to clawing the furniture. Every cat I have owned enjoyed a good paw at the couch, but none as much as Wallace does.

Wallace seems to revel in shredding my furniture, ignoring the scratching post alternatives I try to introduce. Last year, it got to the point where I accepted that Wallace was a scratcher and it was best to just surrender his preferred chair-shaped nail file to his destructive delights.

That’s how I ended up with a chair in my apartment that looks like this:

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So when Burrow — an online furniture company that ships sturdy, stylish and easy-to-construct furniture to your front door — said they had a chair that went through and passed an animal scratch test, I was ready to give it a try. Worst case scenario, I would have two shredded chairs in my apartment.

After watching the above video, which shows all the testing Burrow’s furniture goes through to ensure it’s built to last and look good for a long time, I ordered this armchair in navy blue.


The chair arrived in two boxes not long after my order, and my fiancé and I were able to assemble the pieces into the finished product in less than 10 minutes. We were both pleased to see that the chair was stain-resistant and came with a built-in USB charger, but we were most eager to see how Wallace would react to the new addition.

Now, the Burrow armchair, like the other seating the company provides, has gone through an animal scratch test. This test simulates the pawing of a dog, one that might be clambering for your attention by scratching at your seat or one that insists on jumping on and off furniture over and over again. Even though the test was designed with a dog paw in mind, I was still hopeful that my new armchair would hold up to Wallace’s regularly clipped claws.

It’s been about six months since the Burrow armchair arrived in my home, and I am happy to say it has endured countless Wallace clawings with barely a mark.

Wallace, of course, immediately took a liking to the armchair, apparently seeing it as a resting place exclusively for him. This fondness meant that Wallace’s scratching attention turned away from his tattered throne to this pristine perch.

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While my fiancé and I do our best to keep Wallace’s claws off the chair, he’s still managed to sneak in dozens of good scratch sessions. The only damage visible from all this wear and tear are a few loose threads on each of the chair’s arms.

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After half a year with Burrow’s armchair, I feel comfortable saying I have found a piece of furniture that is comfortable, attractive and, most important, resistant to Wallace’s best efforts to destroy it.

Kelli Bender

If you would like to learn more about Burrow’s furniture — which includes chairs, sofas, loveseats, sectionals, ottomans, pillows and throws — visit the company’s website, or, if you are in the New York City area, visit Burrow House in SoHo. Burrow House is a place designed not only to showcase the company’s furniture, but provide space for visitors to relax and take part in fun events, as well.