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Rhino[_3_]
November 30th 11, 04:33 PM
[crossposted from rec.pets.cats.community; that looked like the right place
at first but now I'm not so sure....]

I'm looking at replacing my main office chair for my home office and would
like to find a replacement made of materials that are cat-proof.

Just to be clear, I'm not looking for a chair that will _repel_ cats; I'm
perfectly fine with them sleeping on that chair. I just want a chair that
they won't destroy with their claws.

One of my cat often gets on my guest chair and digs his claws into the seat;
it's pretty badly damaged. He also shredded the back of my previous main
chair. He just loves to stretch up to the top of the chair back and rake his
claws downward. (And yes, I have both a scratching post and a scratching pad
nearby.)

There must be materials that they simply don't like and will leave alone but
I'm not sure what to look for. It would really help me to find out which
materials they will leave alone so that I can get a chair made (mostly) of
that product.

Any suggestions? What has worked for you?

--
Rhino

Bill Graham
November 30th 11, 09:47 PM
Rhino wrote:
> [crossposted from rec.pets.cats.community; that looked like the right
> place at first but now I'm not so sure....]
>
> I'm looking at replacing my main office chair for my home office and
> would like to find a replacement made of materials that are cat-proof.
>
> Just to be clear, I'm not looking for a chair that will _repel_ cats;
> I'm perfectly fine with them sleeping on that chair. I just want a
> chair that they won't destroy with their claws.
>
> One of my cat often gets on my guest chair and digs his claws into
> the seat; it's pretty badly damaged. He also shredded the back of my
> previous main chair. He just loves to stretch up to the top of the
> chair back and rake his claws downward. (And yes, I have both a
> scratching post and a scratching pad nearby.)
>
> There must be materials that they simply don't like and will leave
> alone but I'm not sure what to look for. It would really help me to
> find out which materials they will leave alone so that I can get a
> chair made (mostly) of that product.
>
> Any suggestions? What has worked for you?

You may find some material that the cats won't claw on, but I would try to
find a hard wood or metal chair with a removable seat coushion that you
could replace from time to time, or even one that you could take off of the
chair every time you leave it, and put in a closet somewhere.

Gandalf[_4_]
November 30th 11, 10:00 PM
On Wed, 30 Nov 2011 10:33:05 -0500, "Rhino"
> wrote:

>[crossposted from rec.pets.cats.community; that looked like the right place
>at first but now I'm not so sure....]
>
>I'm looking at replacing my main office chair for my home office and would
>like to find a replacement made of materials that are cat-proof.
>
>Just to be clear, I'm not looking for a chair that will _repel_ cats; I'm
>perfectly fine with them sleeping on that chair. I just want a chair that
>they won't destroy with their claws.
>
>One of my cat often gets on my guest chair and digs his claws into the seat;
>it's pretty badly damaged. He also shredded the back of my previous main
>chair. He just loves to stretch up to the top of the chair back and rake his
>claws downward. (And yes, I have both a scratching post and a scratching pad
>nearby.)
>
>There must be materials that they simply don't like and will leave alone but
>I'm not sure what to look for. It would really help me to find out which
>materials they will leave alone so that I can get a chair made (mostly) of
>that product.
>
>Any suggestions? What has worked for you?

I can't think of anything that's cat claw proof, unless you get the
chair covered in chain mail. Seriously.

Can you clip you cat's claws? If you can clip their front claws once a
week, they never really get a chance to get sharp, before you clip them
again. I did that with one of my cats.

Another thing you can do it put soft claw, claw coverings on your cat's
claws. This is somewhat expensive over time, but they last 4 to 6 weeks,
and it will save your furniture.

Second to those is simply getting them a really good scratching post
that they LIKE better than your expensive office chair.

I used to have an actual piece of wood with the tree bark still on it: I
got from a city crew that was cutting down a tree.

The posts wrapped with sisal rope are usually pretty popular with cats;
often much more than carpet....which to many cats is pretty much the
same as the 'feel' they get from upholstered furniture.

Good luck!

MarcelHartsock
December 4th 11, 07:20 AM
;785085'][crossposted from rec.pets.cats.community; that looked like the right place
at first but now I'm not so sure....]

I'm looking at replacing my main office chair for my home office and would
like to find a replacement made of materials that are cat-proof.

Just to be clear, I'm not looking for a chair that will _repel_ cats; I'm
perfectly fine with them sleeping on that chair. I just want a chair that
they won't destroy with their claws.

One of my cat often gets on my guest chair and digs his claws into the seat;
it's pretty badly damaged. He also shredded the back of my previous main
chair. He just loves to stretch up to the top of the chair back and rake his
claws downward. (And yes, I have both a scratching post and a scratching pad
nearby.)

There must be materials that they simply don't like and will leave alone but
I'm not sure what to look for. It would really help me to find out which
materials they will leave alone so that I can get a chair made (mostly) of
that product.

Any suggestions? What has worked for you?

--
Rhino

I believe there is a spray on product that you can use to repel your cats from coming near your equipments because they do not like the smell of it. If I'm not mistaken it's bitter apple or citrus scent.

Bill Graham
December 5th 11, 09:11 AM
MarcelHartsock wrote:
> 'Rhino[_3_ Wrote:
>> ;785085'][crossposted from rec.pets.cats.community; that looked like
>> the right place
>> at first but now I'm not so sure....]
>>
>> I'm looking at replacing my main office chair for my home office and
>> would
>> like to find a replacement made of materials that are cat-proof.
>>
>> Just to be clear, I'm not looking for a chair that will _repel_ cats;
>> I'm
>> perfectly fine with them sleeping on that chair. I just want a chair
>> that
>> they won't destroy with their claws.
>>
>> One of my cat often gets on my guest chair and digs his claws into
>> the seat;
>> it's pretty badly damaged. He also shredded the back of my previous
>> main
>>
>> chair. He just loves to stretch up to the top of the chair back and
>> rake his
>> claws downward. (And yes, I have both a scratching post and a
>> scratching pad
>> nearby.)
>>
>> There must be materials that they simply don't like and will leave
>> alone but
>> I'm not sure what to look for. It would really help me to find out
>> which
>>
>> materials they will leave alone so that I can get a chair made
>> (mostly) of
>> that product.
>>
>> Any suggestions? What has worked for you?
>>
>> --
>> Rhino
>
> I believe there is a spray on product that you can use to repel your
> cats from coming near your equipments because they do not like the
> smell of it. If I'm not mistaken it's bitter apple or citrus scent.

Back in the 40's and 50's, before they had some of these new space-age
materials, a good quality office chari was all hard wood, with the coushins
fitted with tie-ties at each corner. They were attached to the chair by
tying the little strings to the chair seat at all four corners. That way,
when the seats got ratty, you could change them without having to send the
whole chair out to be reupholstered. Strikes me that you could do a similar
thing with your chair. Even if it were a modern chair. Just put a removable
coushion on it with tie downs at each corner, and change them as necessary
to compensate for the cat damage.

Ronald O. Christian
December 8th 11, 08:02 AM
On Wed, 30 Nov 2011 10:33:05 -0500, "Rhino"
> wrote:

>[crossposted from rec.pets.cats.community; that looked like the right place
>at first but now I'm not so sure....]
>
>I'm looking at replacing my main office chair for my home office and would
>like to find a replacement made of materials that are cat-proof.
>
>Just to be clear, I'm not looking for a chair that will _repel_ cats; I'm
>perfectly fine with them sleeping on that chair. I just want a chair that
>they won't destroy with their claws.
>
>One of my cat often gets on my guest chair and digs his claws into the seat;
>it's pretty badly damaged. He also shredded the back of my previous main
>chair. He just loves to stretch up to the top of the chair back and rake his
>claws downward. (And yes, I have both a scratching post and a scratching pad
>nearby.)
>
>There must be materials that they simply don't like and will leave alone but
>I'm not sure what to look for. It would really help me to find out which
>materials they will leave alone so that I can get a chair made (mostly) of
>that product.
>
>Any suggestions? What has worked for you?

As part of an art project, my daughter completely covered an office
chair in duct tape. It took several rolls. That was over a year ago
and the chair has stood up to some amazing abuse. We've never even
had to repair it, and if we ever did, repairs would be cheap.

You get used to the looks after awhile.

....and duct tape comes in different colors and prints these days...

Another possibility is to buy your office chairs at Goodwill,
replacing each one as the cats destroy it.

Or you could trade your cats in for a pet that won't claw your chair.
Say, a boa constrictor. They're not as cuddly, though.


Ron
-
2003 FLHTCUI "Noisy Glide"
http://www.christianfamilywebsite.com
http://www.ronaldchristian.com

December 8th 11, 08:44 PM
On Wed, 07 Dec 2011 23:02:28 -0800, Ronald O. Christian
> wrote:

>On Wed, 30 Nov 2011 10:33:05 -0500, "Rhino"
> wrote:
>
>>[crossposted from rec.pets.cats.community; that looked like the right place
>>at first but now I'm not so sure....]
>>
>>I'm looking at replacing my main office chair for my home office and would
>>like to find a replacement made of materials that are cat-proof.
>>
>>Just to be clear, I'm not looking for a chair that will _repel_ cats; I'm
>>perfectly fine with them sleeping on that chair. I just want a chair that
>>they won't destroy with their claws.
>>
>>One of my cat often gets on my guest chair and digs his claws into the seat;
>>it's pretty badly damaged. He also shredded the back of my previous main
>>chair. He just loves to stretch up to the top of the chair back and rake his
>>claws downward. (And yes, I have both a scratching post and a scratching pad
>>nearby.)
>>
>>There must be materials that they simply don't like and will leave alone but
>>I'm not sure what to look for. It would really help me to find out which
>>materials they will leave alone so that I can get a chair made (mostly) of
>>that product.
>>
>>Any suggestions? What has worked for you?
>
>As part of an art project, my daughter completely covered an office
>chair in duct tape. It took several rolls. That was over a year ago
>and the chair has stood up to some amazing abuse. We've never even
>had to repair it, and if we ever did, repairs would be cheap.
>
>You get used to the looks after awhile.
>
>...and duct tape comes in different colors and prints these days...
>
>Another possibility is to buy your office chairs at Goodwill,
>replacing each one as the cats destroy it.
>
>Or you could trade your cats in for a pet that won't claw your chair.
>Say, a boa constrictor. They're not as cuddly, though.
>
>
> Ron
>-
>2003 FLHTCUI "Noisy Glide"
>http://www.christianfamilywebsite.com
>http://www.ronaldchristian.com

I am very much against declawing cats, for all the reasons that everyone
knows.

But, that didn't stop me from adopting an adult cat that was already
declawed.

You can call me a hypocrite, but the cat was declawed years before I got
him, and he is very happy living here.

Bill Graham
December 10th 11, 04:29 AM
wrote:

>> Or you could trade your cats in for a pet that won't claw your chair.
>> Say, a boa constrictor. They're not as cuddly, though.

On the contrary, Boas are very "cuddly". Unfortunately, they might cuddle
you to death.....