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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-03-2016, 03:49 AM Thread Starter
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A Question for Sewers: Shoulder Cat Shoulder Pads?

When I was growing up I had a big black cat who loved to ride on my shoulders. My grandmother, seeing all the scratches on my back from his claws, made me set of stuffed-denim "shoulder protectors". They looked a bit like hockey gear, or maybe a knight's shoulder armour. They were very comfortable, light and helped Blackness keep a good grip without slicing me to smithereens.

My grandmother (and Blackness) is long dead, so she is not likely to make me another one However, I have a new kitten (unnamed) who has already shown a strong desire to ride on shoulders. I do a lot of things with the cats in my life - kitten classes, cat agility, etc- so having him be able to hang out on my shoulders while we are doing stuff together would be very useful. I'd like to teach him that he can ride the shoulder pads, not bare shoulders- like I did with Blackness. If I'm wearing the pads: come on up! No pads, no shoulder.

Has anyone seen a fabric pattern similar to this idea, or seen something similar for sale?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-03-2016, 06:06 AM
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What were the pads attached to - did your grandma make a harness type thing that kept the pads on, on top of whatever clothes you were wearing?

I'm fairly handy at making patterns - my forte is stuffed animals, but I might be able to give you a few ideas or point you in the right direction.

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I think if I wanted something like that I would speak to a custom leather worker who could make it for me. They could make something that will cover both shoulders, the back of your neck, and strap on in a way that will keep it steady without choking you. I do a lot of sewing myself, but think this would be something better tackled in a more sturdy medium.

Not sure how old your kitten is, but Taco showed a great tendency toward being a shoulder cat when he came home at 4 weeks. He would never hesitate to climb me to get up. I was thrilled, my grammy had a shoulder cat when she was a girl. But Taco pretty quickly outgrew the tendency, so I'd wait to invest money until you know if he's going to stick with it or not. I also found that he had no issues with clinging on with trimmed nails, and as long as they were lightly trimmed he never left more than a few barely pinkish scratches that didn't hurt at all. (which is saying something because my medical condition causes me to feel pain out of all proportion to an injury so any pain whatsoever is pretty much crippling)


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It was very much like a pair of 80's shoulder pads, but larger, and had backpack-like straps across the chest and under the arms. It worked great! I also found that Blackness had a much easier time balancing on the pad than on a slippy t-shirt or my bare shoulder.

Honestly, I'm not too worried about encouraging the kitten to be a shoulder cat: I'm an animal trainer by profession I'm hoping to give him something with better grip and also save my skin if he decides to bail for some reason. Especially since I take the cats everywhere: shopping, the beach, walks in the park, etc (safely on a harness, of course!).

I'm thinking... maybe one of those velcro shoulder supports? Like the ones you'd use for a rotator cuff injury. Maybe sew an extra pad on it over each shoulder and across the back? Might be pretty sweaty, though.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-19-2016, 01:24 PM
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Maybe suede... like a pirate's parrot patch!
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-19-2016, 03:42 PM
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Why not just get an old jacket from a thrift shop and cut it to just cover your upper arms, neck and shoulders? You can fasten it at the neck. Maybe a denim jacket and you can leave the edges raw so they ravel naturally and look cool?

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-10-2016, 07:33 PM
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Here's a linky: Fashion, Sewing Patterns, Inspiration, Community, and Learning | BurdaStyle.com

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Maybe this link may be more useful: www.medieval-shop.co.uk Well, maybe chain mail's not yet necessary...

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-15-2016, 11:33 PM
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You could find something called a bolero. Sort of like a shrug. Could probably make it with a pattern or rig it up from a denim jacket. The ones I have seen do look a little feminine but hey, cats are the most important.
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