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I find that the scratchier the carpet feels, the more my cats seem to like it. I think berber type carpeting or something that has a rough texture is what they probably will be attracted to the most. If you have any of those dollar stores nearby, that's where I found some carpet pieces. Then you can just rub a little catnip into the rug for good measure.
Good luck, Cate, and let me know how it works out Emotion: smile

Lauren

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I find that the scratchier the carpet feels, the more my cats seem to likeit. I think berber type carpeting ... little catnip into the rug for good measure. Good luck, Cate, and let me know how it works out Emotion: smile

Thanks on both counts. I will.
Cate
What a great idea, Karen. I just may do this to one of my walls. Do you know what he used to tack it up there? See my cats: http://community.webshots.com/album/56955940rWhxAe Raw Diet Info: http://www.holisticat.com/drjletter.html http://www.geocities.com/rawfeeders/ForCatsOnly.html Declawing Info: http://www.wholecat.com/articles/claws.htm

He used Liquid Nails.
Karen
Hiya. Have a supremely annoying and occasionally affectionate 9-month old kitten and an older and loving tuxedo cat. Was just ... 100% effective, cause she'll still probably occasionally scratch it like when she's bored, stretching or deliberately misbehaving. Any advice? Thanks

I have a male tabby indoor only. He's 13 yrs old. Early on, I had a small problem with rug clawing and like yourself, could not bring myself to declaw. So.. I got a small pair of cat paw clippers. With a little technique and determination, I trained both of us how "clipping" was GOING to be the solution. Amazingly enough, the rug clawing stopped until ... his talons started getting that little hook on the ends again. Time to clip. "We" go thru this drill every 2 weeks but, it's worth it and I can get the job done in about 3 minutes.

~~Philip
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with your education - Mark Twain"
Thanks, Karen!

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Just read about your problem. My question is, "Who gave you an extremely large, expensive Persian rug, knowing you have a cat?" Is it someone who wants you to get rid of or declaw your cat? Myself, I would give the rug back.

Barb
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Just read about your problem. My question is, "Who gave you an extremely large, expensive Persian rug, knowing you have a cat?" Is it someone who wants you to get rid of or declaw your cat? Myself, I would give the rug back.

Some of us have cats that don't hurt our rugs. Emotion: wink

(guardian of 3 fully clawed cats and owner of one rather nice persian rug)

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Just read about your problem. My question is, "Who gave you an extremely large, expensive Persian rug, knowing you have a cat?" Is it someone who wants you to get rid of or declaw your cat? Myself, I would give the rug back. Barb

That isn't at all necessary. I have only had 1 declawed cat in my life (and she was declawed before I adopted her). I currently have 2 cats with all claws intact. I also have nice furniture, and some of it is furniture that belonged to my parents and grandparents plus a number of antique pieces that I bought about 35 years ago.
Results: I have greatly loved cats, and no scratches on my furniture. In other words, it is not necessary to give up either cats with claws or nice furniture. It is not difficult to train a cat to use a scratching post.

MaryL
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That isn't at all necessary. I have only had 1 declawed cat in my life (and she was declawed before ... either cats with claws or nice furniture. It is not difficult to train a cat to use a scratching post.

I agree. It isn't an "either-or" situation. We have nice furnishings and three cats with claws. They use their variety of scratching posts and leave the furniture and rugs alone. Recently we took in a stray about 2-3 years old, and it only took a week or so to teach her where to scratch.
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