Lindapalm,our leather couches are at least 15yrs old and still look good,I had three cats,now two,like L4H's there are a few scratches from the cats jumping around,but I would highly recommend leather,as well as that suede looking material,microfiber I believe it's called,we have a corner-unite with a chaise in that material.
Believe me,we have been through many,many fabric-couches,never again.
But of course you also have to accomedate your cats,with a cat-tree,scratch boards etc..
"The cruelest animal is the Human animal"
3 kitties,Rocky(r.i.p my boy),Chico,Vinnie