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We still don't have a working camera so I can not show you an updated photo of my tuxie self. The PM tried to find a recent one but my photo has not been taken in awhile. Pathetic really. The PM said that maybe if I moved from my bed by the fire and actually DID something, more photos would be taken. Well, there is a wind chill of -31 this morning so I rather be by the fire thank you very much!

Today I take the great pleasure of discussing the faults of the clawed members of this family. Yes, living with Goldie and Banshee is not always a bed a fresh smelling roses!

Right before Christmas, we bought a new chair for the livingroom.


Goldie and Banshee both love it and there is always one of them lounging on it. The PM has since noticed a few pulls in the fabric and is now freaking out.

See, Goldie and Banshee have a scratching problem and the PM does not want our new chair to look like our couch.

We have scratching pads and such but the two of them prefer the furniture. Now I think it's funny that the two of them are getting in trouble but I know it stressed the PM out. Now does anyone have any suggestions for keeping the chair in one piece? Right now the PM keeps it covered with two blankets but it isn't very pleasing to look at.


27 comments:

The Creek Cats said...

Uh oh! We've heard of this product called "sticky paws." We've never tried it, but here is the link: http://www.stickypaws.com/


Good luck!!

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan said...

We tend to have lots of blankies and the like...

is the camera being repaired? We would LOVE to see some photos of you, Shade!

Tuck said...

I seem to have the same scratching problem! I don't blame you for lying by the fire. I would be doing the same thing if I had a fireplace!

The Monkeys said...

Mom always uses the water bottle method on Deli and I. Every time we go near the furniture thing we want to scratch, she sends a stream of water at us...every time we scratch something we're supposed to, we get a treat. It's worked for us so far.

Cat with a Garden said...

Mom says she's like to know what to do on this too! ;) The only solution we can think of would be to do the old "No!" thing everytime they scratch, carry them to a scratching pad and praise them there. But that didn't work out with Siena. You see, "Miss Purrfect" has chosen mom's writing desk chair as a scratching pad right from the beginning. She doesn't mind because it's an old and ugly thing, but she totally understands the PM in not wanting that to happen to a new piece of furniture. Oh, another idea: Sometimes you can get cheap rests of sisal rug in places they sell rugs. If you would put a piece in front of the chair, maybe the sisal would be more scratchalicious than the fabric. Good luck!

The Kitty Krew said...

We don't have much in the way of ideas, but you've got a few good ones so far. But we like your idea of staying in front of the fire, that sounds much warmer!

Purrs and hugs,
The Kitty Krew

Cory said...

Double sided tape can work, along with the squirt from a water bottle. Plus mom makes a huge fuss and practically throws us a party when we scratch on the scratching posts.

Busby and Raymond said...

Shade, your couch looks a lot like our couch! Our Mom got us a new scratching post for Christmas and she put it over by where we usually claw at the arm of the couch. So far, so good. xoxo

CatLadyDiary.com said...

That is one good looking chair...you can try the double sided sticky tape....it has helped me in some areas...but others are ripped through to the wood.

The Kool~Kittie~Krew said...

Hey! How'd ya get a picture of OUR couch?!?

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

You look lovely in that new chair...it goes with your furs very well!

Sticky Paws works! And it works whether you are around or not, unlike a squirt.

Also, spraying a smelly spray called Boundary on an old wash cloth and pinning it to the chair is a good deterrent too, but the tape is less noticeable and doesn't deter humans, either, hahameow

Lucy the Cat said...

One time we posted a picture on our blog and in the background it showed a part of our clawed up couch. Everyone commented on the "artwork". I thought it was funny but Mama didn't. We have scratching pads too, but we all prefer clawing the couch. Neither mama nor I have any advice. Sorry about that! Shade looks awfully pretty on the chair though.

Purrs,
Lucy

Cliff and Olivia said...

We cats claw what we want. There's no stopping us. We actually prefer our scratching post. And the carpets ;-)

Cat of Nine Tales said...

With eight cats, we clip claws religiously. It keeps the damage to a minimum. We also have several carpeted posts for scratching up. When all the cats were kittens, I would teach them to use the posts and pads. Other than that the sprays and stickies should help. Ultimately all our furniture is cat furniture - that's all I've got.
~Lisa Co9T

meemsnyc said...

Uh-oh, careful with the furniture. Dante loves to scratch on our bed. We try to clip claws but they run from us. Hopefully, your couch won't get ruined. Gulp.

Eric and Flynn said...

Uh oh! We can't suggest anything different. We both are very good at using our cat trees for scratching on, although since mum got the recliners she has caught Eric scratching his claws on them a couple of times. She shouts at him and he stops.

Catline Crew said...

We put slip covers over the sofas, so the sofas are intact but we rarely get to see the fabric.

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Khan woo pikhture me khurled up in that chair?

I surely khan!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

Mummy says to put tinfoil (heavy kind) over the popular scratching areas - that or double sided tape - leave it on for a while till they lose interest in the spot and find another :)

Derby said...

Your golden furs match your new chair very nicely.

The Island Cats said...

We started scratching the couch and mom was freaking out! She bought us a new big scratching post and put it right next to the couch and she got some double sided sticky tape and put it on the side of the couch where we were scratching. So far it's working....

Fin said...

Sticky paws sounds good.

Jacqueline said...

Beautiful chair=Island Cats have a good idea...purrs...Calle, Halle, Sukki

WhimPurr's Whim said...

Beautiful chair. Whimpurr feels your pain. We have two new leather chairs that have now been "texturized" by our kitties. If you find out the solution, let us know too! Whimpurr tries to keep claws clipped but that is so traumatic in itself that she doesn't do that frequently enough ... she just tries screaming and making a loud noise ... don't know what she thinks that's gonna do, just makes her look even more foolish than usual! *purrs*

Lynx217 said...

Here's how our beans got us to quit scratching on all the furniture. Every time they caught us, they pulled us off, yelled "NO" at us, put us on the scratching post, and made us scratch it (rubbing our paws on it). And every time we scratched the post, we got praises and scritchies, sometimes treats too! Before they knew it, it wasn't an issue anymore! Heck they barely had to even break out the water bottle on us! Good luck!

Everycat said...

No yelling, no shouting, no spraying! The yelling bit is so frightening for cats up close :(

Feliway spray on the scratched up parts of the furniture, because we cats rarely scratch something that smells strongly of us already. Scratching is scent marking as well as claw maintenance. Put the scratch pads or posts by the furniture and give lots of praise and treats when they use it. It works! :)

W. Wuudler

SJ Reidhead said...

Thank you for checking out The Pink Flamingo and letting me know about the load time, etc.

The Pink Flamingo Kitties are concerned that someone may have hurt their fingernails on that mean old furniture.

The Pink Flamingo Kitties

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