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Good Kitty
Every once in a while our cats behave. This is far more rare than you would imagine.
In an attempt to keep them from scratching the sofas, and in an attempt to remove the bubble wrap from the most tempting scratch areas of the sofas, we bought two of those cardboard-catnip-laden scratching thingermajiggies. (I'm sure they have a real name, but heck if I know what it is)

I now have two cats scratching these things simultaneously. And you know what that means? There are ZERO kitties scratching the couch at this moment! Earlier they were fighting over being able to scratch one, until I pointed out that there was a second one so they didn't even have to share.

Good kitties.

Current Mood: giddy giddy
Current Music: scratchy-scratchy-scratchy-scratchy...

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mscongeniality From: mscongeniality Date: February 20th, 2002 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was pointed out to me that those cardboard-catnip-laden scratching thingermajiggies cost about $9 or $10 at the pet store, but only $2.99 at Trader Joe's. Might be worth a trip over to Rockville Pike.

Not that I like the cats any better (damned allergicthings) but I'm just sayin ;-)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 20th, 2002 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)


Excellent advice! Yeah these were something like $7... I was shocked at how much they cost. I'm not crazy about the cats either...but if Seth had to choose between me and the cats, well, I don't want to know which choice he'd make. ;)

I've just learned to deal with the sniffling. Besides, truth be told... I'd probably miss them if they were gone too, but don't let them know that.
mscongeniality From: mscongeniality Date: February 20th, 2002 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just shellaq them, and then they will always be with you.

And I can come visit =)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 20th, 2002 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suggested that to Seth. He doesn't like the idea. sigh.
He also said we had the bubble wrap concept wrong... we had bubble wrap on the couches, though you've never seen them because you're afraid of our kitties. He said we had it all backwards...we should bubble wrap the cats instead. Good in theory, but almost as bad as your idea!
ralphmelton From: ralphmelton Date: February 20th, 2002 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Product name, please?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 20th, 2002 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
um...these are called cosmic catnip scratching posts.
They're basically corrugated cardboard (edges up) packed into a box and strewn with catnip. Cats love em. I was skeptical...just because everyone else's cats like them didn't mean ours would. But they have *almost* stopped scratching the couches. And it's a good thing, too, because I'd rip their claws out by myself if they destroyed anything else. Okay, I'm not that mean. But I do think about it. Gosh I'm awful. ;)
cellio From: cellio Date: February 21st, 2002 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I used to get those all the time, and Erik and Baldur loved them. The ones I got were about 12 x 12 inches -- enough room to get a good scratch going. Now the only ones I can find are no more than 6 inches wide (still a foot long or so), and the cats are utterly uninterested in them. What size are the ones you're getting?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 21st, 2002 11:37 pm (UTC) (Link)


alas, these are also fairly narrow. I've never seen the type you describe, but if I find them, I'll let you know.
sethcohen From: sethcohen Date: February 22nd, 2002 04:02 am (UTC) (Link)
There are ones you can get that fit in a circular base that are at least 6 inches across.
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