Cats need to claw something. If you don’t provide a scratching post of some kind, cats will happily find their own scratching post, which will usually be your furniture, drapes, or anything else valuable and fragile.
So it’s in your best interest to get your cat a scratching post. Fortunately, scratching posts come in all shapes and sizes along with different materials such as wood, rope, and cardboard. By experimenting with different types, sizes, and shapes of scratching posts, you can be sure to keep your cat happy and your furniture safe.