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HereKitty
November 23rd 03, 05:19 PM
OUr 3 1/2 yr old female cat will have nothing to do with the scratching post, instead loves to pull at the couch corner or tug on our new carpeting.This is even after having her nails clipped.We can't babysit her all day. We're told she's too old to get declawed, any suggestions??

Suzie-Q
November 23rd 03, 10:44 PM
HereKitty wrote:
>
> OUr 3 1/2 yr old female cat will have nothing to do with the scratching post, instead loves to pull at the couch corner or tug on our new carpeting.This is even after having her nails clipped.We can't babysit her all day. We're told she's too old to get declawed, any suggestions??

I have a couple of cats that like to do that. I got a can of that
Carpet Fresh No Vacuum Foam Carpet Refresher. Since they hate the
smell, I can spray a little where they like to play with the carpet
and they'll leave it alone.

8^)~~~ Sue (remove the x to e-mail)
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today than I was yesterday." -Adlai Stevenson
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Suzie-Q
November 23rd 03, 10:44 PM
HereKitty wrote:
>
> OUr 3 1/2 yr old female cat will have nothing to do with the scratching post, instead loves to pull at the couch corner or tug on our new carpeting.This is even after having her nails clipped.We can't babysit her all day. We're told she's too old to get declawed, any suggestions??

I have a couple of cats that like to do that. I got a can of that
Carpet Fresh No Vacuum Foam Carpet Refresher. Since they hate the
smell, I can spray a little where they like to play with the carpet
and they'll leave it alone.

8^)~~~ Sue (remove the x to e-mail)
~~~~~~

"I reserve the absolute right to be smarter
today than I was yesterday." -Adlai Stevenson
*************************************************
http://www.suzanne-eckhardt.com/
http://www.intergnat.com/malebashing/

Bob Brenchley.
November 23rd 03, 10:54 PM
On Sun, 23 Nov 2003 10:19:43 -0600, "HereKitty"
> wrote:

>OUr 3 1/2 yr old female cat will have nothing to do with the scratching post, instead loves to pull at the couch corner or tug on our new carpeting.This is even after having her nails clipped.We can't babysit her all day. We're told she's too old to get declawed, any suggestions??

Some cats like to claw on a horizontal surface, mine love the fallen
tree in the garden for just this reason. We also have an old rug in
the back room that they are free to claw if the want.

--
Bob.

A cat without claws is the result of a vet without scruples.

Bob Brenchley.
November 23rd 03, 10:54 PM
On Sun, 23 Nov 2003 10:19:43 -0600, "HereKitty"
> wrote:

>OUr 3 1/2 yr old female cat will have nothing to do with the scratching post, instead loves to pull at the couch corner or tug on our new carpeting.This is even after having her nails clipped.We can't babysit her all day. We're told she's too old to get declawed, any suggestions??

Some cats like to claw on a horizontal surface, mine love the fallen
tree in the garden for just this reason. We also have an old rug in
the back room that they are free to claw if the want.

--
Bob.

A cat without claws is the result of a vet without scruples.

Kalyahna
November 24th 03, 03:11 AM
"HereKitty" > wrote in message
lkaboutpets.com...
> OUr 3 1/2 yr old female cat will have nothing to do with the scratching
post, instead loves to pull at the couch corner or tug on our new
carpeting.This is even after having her nails clipped.We can't babysit her
all day. We're told she's too old to get declawed, any suggestions??
>

You can try Soft Paws, which are just plastic tips that glue onto the nail
to form, basically, a very dull nail that won't really catch on anything.
You can try one of those cheapie cardboard floor scratchers (especially if
your kitty likes catnip) and place it over the carpeting where she seems to
enjoy scratching most. For your couch, you can try double-sided tape in the
spots she scratches. Cats tend to hate the sticky sensation, and she should
stop quickly.

You can also ask your vet to recommend a behaviorist in your area (very few
vets are trained in behavior themselves), or speak to someone at your local
humane society who has cat experience.

Kalyahna
November 24th 03, 03:11 AM
"HereKitty" > wrote in message
lkaboutpets.com...
> OUr 3 1/2 yr old female cat will have nothing to do with the scratching
post, instead loves to pull at the couch corner or tug on our new
carpeting.This is even after having her nails clipped.We can't babysit her
all day. We're told she's too old to get declawed, any suggestions??
>

You can try Soft Paws, which are just plastic tips that glue onto the nail
to form, basically, a very dull nail that won't really catch on anything.
You can try one of those cheapie cardboard floor scratchers (especially if
your kitty likes catnip) and place it over the carpeting where she seems to
enjoy scratching most. For your couch, you can try double-sided tape in the
spots she scratches. Cats tend to hate the sticky sensation, and she should
stop quickly.

You can also ask your vet to recommend a behaviorist in your area (very few
vets are trained in behavior themselves), or speak to someone at your local
humane society who has cat experience.

Wendy
November 24th 03, 04:12 AM
we had a carpet scratcher too. Wish I knew then what I do now. Here's a link
that might give you some ideas.
http://www.catscratching.com/

One of our cats went to town on the stereo speaker. The sticky tape and a
cat tree did the job. The cat tree has upright areas wrapped in sisal rope
and that's where she likes to scratch now. I sprayed it generously with
catnip spray. Don't know if that helped or not. We also located the tree
close to where she was doing the scratching in case location had something
to do with the scratching. She's even started using an old scratching post
we had.

Good luck!

Wendy

"HereKitty" > wrote in message
lkaboutpets.com...
OUr 3 1/2 yr old female cat will have nothing to do with the scratching
post, instead loves to pull at the couch corner or tug on our new
carpeting.This is even after having her nails clipped.We can't babysit her
all day. We're told she's too old to get declawed, any suggestions??

Wendy
November 24th 03, 04:12 AM
we had a carpet scratcher too. Wish I knew then what I do now. Here's a link
that might give you some ideas.
http://www.catscratching.com/

One of our cats went to town on the stereo speaker. The sticky tape and a
cat tree did the job. The cat tree has upright areas wrapped in sisal rope
and that's where she likes to scratch now. I sprayed it generously with
catnip spray. Don't know if that helped or not. We also located the tree
close to where she was doing the scratching in case location had something
to do with the scratching. She's even started using an old scratching post
we had.

Good luck!

Wendy

"HereKitty" > wrote in message
lkaboutpets.com...
OUr 3 1/2 yr old female cat will have nothing to do with the scratching
post, instead loves to pull at the couch corner or tug on our new
carpeting.This is even after having her nails clipped.We can't babysit her
all day. We're told she's too old to get declawed, any suggestions??

Linda Terrell
November 24th 03, 11:29 AM
On Sun, 23 Nov 2003 16:19:43 UTC, "HereKitty"
> wrote:

> OUr 3 1/2 yr old female cat will have nothing to do with the scratching post, instead loves to pull at the couch corner or tug on our new carpeting.This is even after having her nails clipped.We can't babysit her all day. We're told she's too old to get declawed, any suggestions??
>

well, as some cats like to claw horizontal,
try tipping the scratching post over.

LT

Linda Terrell
November 24th 03, 11:29 AM
On Sun, 23 Nov 2003 16:19:43 UTC, "HereKitty"
> wrote:

> OUr 3 1/2 yr old female cat will have nothing to do with the scratching post, instead loves to pull at the couch corner or tug on our new carpeting.This is even after having her nails clipped.We can't babysit her all day. We're told she's too old to get declawed, any suggestions??
>

well, as some cats like to claw horizontal,
try tipping the scratching post over.

LT

HereKitty
November 27th 03, 10:37 PM
Thank You ALL for your replies! We have since tried the carpet fresh trick. So far, so good. It also worked spraying a bit of Lysol where one of them used to scratch at the porch couch. We did try the scratchin post with catnip sprayed on it, but they just seemed to sniff and walk away.Even tried it horizontal but they were oblivious. THANKS AGAIN!

HereKitty
November 27th 03, 10:37 PM
Thank You ALL for your replies! We have since tried the carpet fresh trick. So far, so good. It also worked spraying a bit of Lysol where one of them used to scratch at the porch couch. We did try the scratchin post with catnip sprayed on it, but they just seemed to sniff and walk away.Even tried it horizontal but they were oblivious. THANKS AGAIN!

Ray Ban
December 5th 03, 09:36 AM
"HereKitty" > wrote in message utpets.com>...
> Thank You ALL for your replies! We have since tried the carpet fresh trick. So far, so good. It also worked spraying a bit of Lysol where one of them used to scratch at the porch couch. We did try the scratchin post with catnip sprayed on it, but they just seemed to sniff and walk away.Even tried it horizontal but they were oblivious. THANKS AGAIN!

I'm surprised no one jumped on you for considering declawing. Anyway,
so where is your cat scratching now?

Ray Ban
December 5th 03, 09:36 AM
"HereKitty" > wrote in message utpets.com>...
> Thank You ALL for your replies! We have since tried the carpet fresh trick. So far, so good. It also worked spraying a bit of Lysol where one of them used to scratch at the porch couch. We did try the scratchin post with catnip sprayed on it, but they just seemed to sniff and walk away.Even tried it horizontal but they were oblivious. THANKS AGAIN!

I'm surprised no one jumped on you for considering declawing. Anyway,
so where is your cat scratching now?