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Re: OT:weather, cats


Kitty, thanks for the info.  I hadn't known about the scent glands in the
paws.  That would certainly explain why the female never used it at all -- I
was joking that the male had told her not to use it, but I guess perhaps he
did after all!
--Barbara, California
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, December 27, 2003 7:05 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT:weather, cats


> Barbara,
> You have only one scratching post and the male uses it?  That may be your
> answer.  3 of my cats don't have front claws so it's not much of a problem
> for me, but they each has favorite places they "sharpen their paws".  The
> paws have scent glands and when they rub their paws on something they are
> marking it as theirs.  When cats with claws sharpen their claws they are
> doing double duty because they also leave their scent.  Your female knows
> that carpeted post belongs to the male.  Get her one of her own.  And
while
> it is new, try to keep the male away from it while you encourage the
female.
> There's no guarantee she'll use it, but you can try.  If she still won't,
> then use it to replace the one the other cat has destroyed.
>
> As to the furniture, I think there are sprays you could use on areas you
> want them to leave alone.
>
> Kitty
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Barbara Tandy" <sundrops@earthlink.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Saturday, December 27, 2003 12:16 AM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT:weather, cats
>
>
> > Kitty, I have never been sure how to train my cats to use a pole or
sisal
> > etc.  I have a carpeted scratching pole, which my male cat loved from
the
> > moment I brought it into the house (has torn to pieces) but my female
cat
> > won't touch.  She prefers the furniture, though she knows I don't like
her
> > to use it and she's better than when she was a kitten.
> > --Barbara, California
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Sent: Friday, December 26, 2003 7:04 PM
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT:weather, cats
> >
> >
> > > Chris,
> > > Do your cats bother your fabric-covereed furniture?  If they already
> have
> > a
> > > place to sharpen their claws nd haven't bothered furniture, I can't
see
> > why
> > > they'd be drawn to a new piece because it's leather.  I don't like
> leather
> > > furniture myself, so I don't have any experience with cats' attraction
> to
> > > it.  If you have cardboard trays and sissel poles and have trained
them
> to
> > > use them, you should be fine.
> > > Kitty
> > >
> > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > From: "Chris" <chris@widom-assoc.com>
> > > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > > Sent: Friday, December 26, 2003 4:32 PM
> > > Subject: RE: [CHAT] OT:weather, cats
> > >
> > >
> > > > For weather I go to :
> > > > http://weather.yahoo.com/
> > > >
> > > > On another topic, does anyone have any experience with cats and
> leather
> > > > furniture?  I played all afternoon on a program that allowed me to
> > > > arrange the furniture in my family room- I did the kitchen too, just
> for
> > > > fun.  Anyway, I'm considering getting a leather recliner, maybe
Misson
> > > > Style,  but I'm worried about my cats clawing it up.
> > > >
> > > > Any thoughts?
> > > >
> > > > Chris
> > > > Long Island, NY
> > > > Zone 7
> > > >
> > >
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