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  • My Devil Cats

    Suggestions on scratching posts/material?

    They are not interested in cardboard items, carpeted posts, sisal on posts, sisal ropes on posts. I've spent around $500 on these items and (other than the cat tree which is used as a jungle gym and launch pad) it is wasted.

    They are not interested in catnip (they are 16 months old so they probably will never be interested in it).

    They only want to claw on my dining room chair seats (a nubby fabric) and the backs of the chairs (cane). The fabric is torn and the cane is shredding. I almost would keep one chair as a post but I am worried about splinters of the cane. And when I get rid of the chairs, I am worried about what they will go to for clawing release.

    These are the cats that turned on the kitchen faucet and pushed the spout against the wall, destroying two levels of floor, a ceiling, a wall, and an HVAC unit. And I will have to move out when the floors are replaced/redone, the ceiling and wall and trim are replaced and the new material painted - oh, and the HVAC repaired/replaced.

    Good thing they are cute!

  • #2
    Buy them their own furnished home. It will be cheaper then having them live in yours.

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    • #3
      I attached four 2x4x3 solid wood posts to different areas in the house and my cats have no desire to scratch anything else in the house. I do have three large cat houses with the sisal rope/carpeted posts on them and they will occasionally scratch those. They much prefer the solid wood posts and now have them whittled/scratched down so much that it's time to replace them. I also bought one of those boot mats with the brushy fibres and they like to scratch that as well.
      Mean Girls grow up to be Mean Women.

      Willful Ignorance = Tactical Stupidity. Hypocrisy:the practice of claiming to have beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform.

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      • #4
        Or get them a monkey......but they would probably teach it bad things.
        "Cats aren't clean; they're covered with cat spit."
        - John S Nichols (1745-1846,writer/printer)

        Don't come for me - I didn't send for you.

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        • #5
          A couple of my cats love those coco mats, the kind you put outside your front door.

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          • #6
            Have you tried just a cheap cardboard scratch pad? The texture is probably similar to your chair backs.
            Caitlin
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            • #7
              Nail caps.
              I don't understand how anyone can support a POTUS who has repeatedly violated the Constitution, lied & has had 3 wives & screwed around on all of them.

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              • #8
                I have a log with natural bark that my cats like. It was a stick of firewood.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Garythesquirrel View Post
                  A couple of my cats love those coco mats, the kind you put outside your front door.
                  I think that's the boot mat I was trying to describe... I didn't know they were called coco mats.
                  Mean Girls grow up to be Mean Women.

                  Willful Ignorance = Tactical Stupidity. Hypocrisy:the practice of claiming to have beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Sandysmom View Post
                    I have a log with natural bark that my cats like. It was a stick of firewood.
                    I have one for my guys as well, I actually brought it with us when we moved. They've removed all of the bark and they've scratched a good sized dent into it at least 1/4 of the way through. I believe if cats are offered natural wood to scratch they usually leave everything else alone.
                    Mean Girls grow up to be Mean Women.

                    Willful Ignorance = Tactical Stupidity. Hypocrisy:the practice of claiming to have beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform.

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                      #11
                      Well, I had a few logs for my fireplace, sitting outside the fireplace, and they were not at all interested in the wood or the bark. They are not interested in the cardboard scratching items. I have the following items:
                      https://www.chewy.com/smartcat-ultim...-post/dp/49134
                      https://www.chewy.com/bergan-turbo-s...color/dp/49192
                      https://www.chewy.com/catit-lounge-s...ungle/dp/49891
                      http://mollyandfriends.com/products/quadruple-tier/
                      (Fluffy's favorite)

                      I suppose I could take the chairs apart and mount the seats in places - maybe I could cut the cane out and wrap the scratching posts with them - perhaps that would transition them to different items. I just hate to destroy the chairs, even though probably no one would want them given the cat damage.

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                      • #12
                        Have you trimmed their nails? My girl scratches a lot more when her nails get long. I have to trim once a month or so. Letting them go outside (if it's safe) might also help.

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                        • #13
                          Were your fireplace logs hardwood? Hardwood is much more slippery, the bark and the wood underneath it. Try a softwood that is easier for them to sink their claws into.
                          Mean Girls grow up to be Mean Women.

                          Willful Ignorance = Tactical Stupidity. Hypocrisy:the practice of claiming to have beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform.

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                            #14
                            I trim nails several times a week - to keep them blunt and to remind the Devil Cats that I am the boss! They sharpen those claws quite rapidly. I live in a condo on the 11th floor - not safe at all to go out even on the terrace, and as they are Cornish Rex, they could freeze very easily. I bought the wood in a store, so I imagine that it is hardwood. I'm afraid of sap from pine, what other kinds of wood might be around? Would birch be better - but I'm thinking of shredded paper birch bark....

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Wicky View Post
                              I trim nails several times a week - to keep them blunt and to remind the Devil Cats that I am the boss! They sharpen those claws quite rapidly. I live in a condo on the 11th floor - not safe at all to go out even on the terrace, and as they are Cornish Rex, they could freeze very easily. I bought the wood in a store, so I imagine that it is hardwood. I'm afraid of sap from pine, what other kinds of wood might be around? Would birch be better - but I'm thinking of shredded paper birch bark....
                              I'm sure they know that you know who's the boss!

                              Birch is a hardwood and would be too slippery to keep their interest.

                              Try red or white cedar, if you buy a pine board or post from a lumber store it won't have any weeping sap in it. Make sure the wood hasn't been treated with anything and is natural. I have cedar and pine 2x4 boards that I cut to fit in different areas of the house and they use them all. Make sure it's tall enough that they can stretch out to their full height on their back legs. When I added Billie to our family she wasn't quite sure what to do so I sprayed some catnip on it to entice her and she started using them easily.

                              If a lumber company in inconvenient here's a cat site that you can order from.

                              http://www.lovethatcat.com/cat-scratching-post.html
                              Mean Girls grow up to be Mean Women.

                              Willful Ignorance = Tactical Stupidity. Hypocrisy:the practice of claiming to have beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform.

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                                #16
                                Thanks, CT! I have ordered one, will let you know how it goes!

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                                • #17
                                  Fingers crossed that they like it and it draws their interest away from scratching other objects.

                                  Now you need to find a way to keep the Devil Kitties from turning your taps on again!
                                  Mean Girls grow up to be Mean Women.

                                  Willful Ignorance = Tactical Stupidity. Hypocrisy:the practice of claiming to have beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform.

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