This is a well made doormat and would serve that function well. However, I bought this doormat as a gift for a friend who adores purple and has a new cat. I discovered that cats can be diverted from scratching the furniture if you provide a coir fiber door mat as an alternative option. My two cats will use a scratching post from time to time but the coir mat wins hands down. So, this gift matches my friend's decor and brings peace between cat and human regarding the proper use of furniture, making everyone happy.