The cats do scratch, they are cats, after all, but they do all their scratching mostly on my old area rugs that seem to be immune to scratching, and their cat furniture. The latter, all Armarkat Cat Trees, does really make a big difference, as my cats love their cat trees and cat condos. Three of them sleep in them always during the nights, and all five love being able to climb up and down without being yelled at, as would happen if they try to climb the curtains.
The person who thought up cat trees and cat condos must have been a genius as they do really make a big difference in how cats behave. Over the years I've been using Armarkat, Cat Trees because they have so many models to choose from, and they do last long enough for the money I pay for them.
I really wonder how these kitty condos can take so such abuse whereas a sofa looks mauled after even a little kitten gets through with it. Another thing I like about the Armarkat models is that their cat furniture come in so many different colors. As much as I love cats, I do not want my house to look like a zoo, and being able to pick cat furniture that actually blend into my decor is a very big plus.
Making sure that the cat furniture items would fit nicely into my home is the main thing I look for other that the quality.
Once I tried to cut corners and bought some real cheap stuff that promptly fell apart. Not good. I learned my lesson and have been buying quality stuff ever since. I do not mean the high ticketed custom made designer stuff but quality cat trees in the Armarkat price range.
A four foot cat tree that would support two large size cats with a price tag of about a hundred bucks is my idea of value for money.