Image: allpetnewsKittens and cats like to scratch to keep their claws sharp and short, however, your furniture isn't the thing they should be sharpening them on; there's plenty of cat scratching post available which are a godsend if your cat doesn't venture outside to find itself a post or tree. Like dogs cats can also be trained not to scratch furniture if you take them away from the situation and place them in front of their scratching post they'll soon learn where they can dig their claws into and where they can't. Pet hairs on sofa/chairs
Image: whoknewtipsIf you allow your best friend on your furniture then you should expect to find hairs and dander. The only way to stop the problem altogether is to forbid the pet on anything but the floor and their own bed. It's worth remembering that it's not only hairs they leave behind on your sofa or chairs - ticks, mites and fleas will also make themselves at home if left to their own devices. Floors
Image: flickrCarpets, especially fitted carpets, aren't a good idea if you have a pet. The carpet will be a magnet for dirt, hairs and fleas. Carpets are notoriously difficult to keep scrupulously clean; if you have a pet it's well worth considering an alternative flooring such as wood, stone or tiles. Any one of these are easier to clean and if you want creature comforts (pun intended!) a stylish rug will add pattern and colour to your room – of course your best friend will also want to lay on it, but it is easier to clean and cheaper to replace than wall-to-wall carpet. Pets sleeping on beds
Image: americandogkwThis controversy continues to be debated vigorously. It's a matter of personal choice at the end of the day – if you're prepared to put up with the hairs or the odd flea so bit it - but don't blame your pet.