Young Bella's given up her stratching boards and taken to clawing carpets not one particular carpet all of them Ive tried buying a scratching thing thats attached to a bit of carpet but shes ignoring it any ideas any one I'm running the risk of having bald carpets for Christmas
Oh Bella, naughty girl. It would have been easier if she scratched one particular carpet. When you say it is all carpets, is there a particular area on each carpet or is it just anywhere at all? My cats sometimes scratch the carpets but not all of the time. Mine however, ruined the wallpaper instead!
lotsofcats it's in a particular area by the doors I was warned about this from the rescue centre which is why there's scratching boards by them which she has used briefly but now decided the carpets are a better option ! It's funny you mention wallpaper that was Molly's thing Xx
Honey and Olive used to do this. They'd claw in any room with carpets but always by the door frame or corners of chest of drawers if it was a bedroom. To stop them from doing it, every time they did the behaviour we would give a short, sharp clap and a firm 'NO!' - enough to make them scarper. They're not particularly scaredy cats so it didn't bother them yet it seems to have worked as they haven't scratched carpets for a while!
I had a nightmare with both cats scratching, Flirty the carpet on the stairs, and Bandit the walls. Like jess I used a sharp NO! and a hand clap and it worked, but I had to go as far as getting some large sheets of acetate from work to cover the main walls that Bandit would scratch to protect the wallpaper.
Also I got some catnip spray for the scratching posts to attract them to where I wanted to scratch and it worked.
We only really have one spot that gets regularly clawed & mainly by Roman, although I haven't seen him do it for a while. He used to lay in the hall almost round the corner from the stairs & then pull himself along the stair carpet of the riser part of the bottom step until he reached the other side! He occasionally scratched the riser. We now have a hole in that piece of carpet If we said anythign he'd stop on that occasion but still do it again. The other 2 mainly do the odd bit of carpet scrtaching but I think its all about scent marking for them.
I wish I could offer some proven advice molly9 but I haven't found a solution for our cats who happily use the various scratching posts - mainly as great stretching exercise combined with claw stropping! Must admit maybe cazypops suggestion of catnip might help Bella go back to the scratching posts. I she's not a catnip fan then maybe try some valerian, that can also be an attraction for cats. Also can you cover the area(s) she's currently using so its no so pleasant for me - maybe some plastic sheeting/carpet runner.
caz2golden: On walk today saw a dead branch hanging from a tree over a road. Probably been there a while but have not noticed before! Who do you report it too, tree would be owned by whoever has the field but the branch is over highway?
Sept 5, 2017 20:21:08 GMT
lotsofcats: I would report it to the local council's highway department.
Sept 6, 2017 12:51:54 GMT
caz2golden: sick of poor weather
Sept 10, 2017 14:09:19 GMT
scallywag: chucking it down here
Sept 11, 2017 13:00:00 GMT
caz2golden: Had the drizzle etc yesterday, today was windy which has blown a load of young Manx Shearwaters onto the beaches Dumped a load on the beach cleaner (think we were up to 10 birds) and then I found another so took that to a place of safety!
Sept 11, 2017 16:20:30 GMT
alfiemummy: I've been very lucky today - it chucked it down but only during my lunchtime!
Sept 11, 2017 17:19:03 GMT
scallywag: That was when I got soaked thru thunder hail and lots of heavy rain , Beau was dragging me home LOL
Sept 12, 2017 19:15:41 GMT
lotsofcats: We had very high winds during the night and I slept through it all but if Kobi had barked just once I would immediately be awake.
Sept 13, 2017 12:49:30 GMT
caz2golden: We had the same here Lotsofcats, except I was awake for fair part of it. We had intermittent power cuts too. Felt sorry for the raw pet food delivery man the next morning who was probably coming across a lot of downed trees etc.
Sept 15, 2017 11:07:04 GMT
caz2golden: Frustrating here today, one moment looks lovely but before you have chance to go out it is overcast and drizzling again. Must find weather window for a dog walk!
Sept 15, 2017 11:08:13 GMT
scallywag: It was lovely and sunny here till 2pm then just as I was also getting ready to take Beau out it chucked it down and still is My washing did manage to get dried thou
Sept 15, 2017 14:41:31 GMT
caz2golden: Was ok here today. Dogs enjoyed zoomies session on grass at end of lead walk today, even Sophie tried to join in, making me have to run to encourage her to run too! Madness! Only sorry I could not video it.
Sept 18, 2017 22:17:57 GMT
scallywag: Me toooo would like to see you running about Caz
Sept 19, 2017 10:38:25 GMT
caz2golden: Should have seen me today trying to keep Sophie on course on the beach! lol
Sept 19, 2017 20:00:24 GMT
caz2golden: Back to being drowned rat at work! Now home and warming up.
Sept 20, 2017 14:05:39 GMT
scallywag: What about today Caz it looked to be very wet over there in the West , we have had sunshine here with a breeze , clouding over now but then we are due rain around 5pm onwards
Sept 21, 2017 14:18:37 GMT
scallywag: Did you all get my PM ?
Sept 21, 2017 14:19:00 GMT