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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-06-2012, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Old chair is a favorite of the cat, but needs to go

So I have this old chair that is very comfortable and small that I used to have in our bedroom. We had done some decorating in the bedroom and the chair got moved temporary to the living room. I was going to toss it, but the cats are always playing & scratching it and I知 afraid that if I toss it they will start tearing up my expensive leather reclining couches. They really attack this chair and sometimes flipping the cushion completely off. It痴 looking real shabby and I知 embarrassed when people come over. Plus I知 getting tired of explaining the chair every time someone new comes in. I致e bought 3 cat trees with plenty of scratching surface, but they prefer the chair. They now have the stuffing coming out off the cushion. And to top it off, my 5 yr old grandson now uses it to play video games on. He can easily move it around because of its light weight & size.

I知 thinking of having the chair reupholstered in order to save the couches and I知 wondering if there is something I could use so the cats could still attack it, but not destroy it.
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Redo the whole thing in sisal rope!
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I would just keep the scratcher, er, chair for them to play on. If family comes over, just leave the chair out - they will understand. Or, for family, just use a throw cover that you can tuck in while they are there. For non family member visits, since it is so light, just remove it and tuck it away in a closet and bring it out when non-understanding company leaves. Instead of reupholstering the chair, maybe find an inexpensive chair cover that you can put on it that the cat's won't destroy.
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I would just keep the scratcher, er, chair for them to play on. If family comes over, just leave the chair out - they will understand. Or, for family, just use a throw cover that you can tuck in while they are there. For non family member visits, since it is so light, just remove it and tuck it away in a closet and bring it out when non-understanding company leaves. Instead of reupholstering the chair, maybe find an inexpensive chair cover that you can put on it that the cat's won't destroy.
Um, I guess I could make a cover and put it on when company is over. The cats all hide when anybody comes over anyway. I actually enjoy sitting in it myself. They weren't expensive chairs and I originally bought two of them although I don't know what ever happened to the other one.
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I feel your pain but alas my fur babies always win in the end. I couldn't wait for my indoors only bloodhound to be trained well enough so I would no longer need the giant metal crate sitting in my family room. Well that was eight years ago and the crates still there. Yes we trained her but turns out she loves her crate so much, she opens the door with her nose and goes right in to take naps on her own. It was like it was her "happy place". No matter what you throw over it or how fancy a pillow you put in it, it's still one huge eyesore!
I also have a litterbox box in my dining room ( and I can assure you that was not my plan, but my finicky littles Persians idea. )
What's a fur baby owner to do................? Well when people come over I simply say,
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I feel your pain but alas my fur babies always win in the end. I couldn't wait for my indoors only bloodhound to be trained well enough so I would no longer need the giant metal crate sitting in my family room. Well that was eight years ago and the crates still there. Yes we trained her but turns out she loves her crate so much, she opens the door with her nose and goes right in to take naps on her own. It was like it was her "happy place". No matter what you throw over it or how fancy a pillow you put in it, it's still one huge eyesore!...............
My daughter has one of those crates for her dogs and I知 always appalled every time I go over there, but the dogs seem to love it. She put a board on top with a table cloth and uses it as a large corner table. She keeps them in the house because they broke down the fence once and she was fined $400 and forced to reinforce the fence. She now only lets them out in the back to go to the bathroom.
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I would keep the chair.

We have a chair that we call Tina's chair. No one else sits on it except her. We have to tell our guests NO or they'll get a fur covered butt even though we change the cover on it daily.


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I would keep the chair.

We have a chair that we call Tina's chair. No one else sits on it except her. We have to tell our guests NO or they'll get a fur covered butt even though we change the cover on it daily.
Thanks, I was just looking at it and the worst of the damage is on the front of the cushion where they sand on the floor and drag there claws over it. It occurred to me that I should try to find a cheap bath rug about the same color as the chair and lay it over the cushion.
I値l probably have to attach it to the back somehow, because they will pull it off. I have a throw rug in front of my entrance door that they love to roll it back over them and stalk the other cats as they walk past.
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If you ditch the chair, your cats will have their revenge.
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I think I want a removable denim slip cover for my living room chair and couch. I have kids and cats so it is pointless to try having anything fancy. I bought this living room suite 8 yrs ago and I would love to have a new one but this one has held up well, beige microfiber. It took me about 5 years of shampooing the seat cushions, to find the hidden zippers. Now I just take them off and machine wash them. The cats don't scratch them, but they do scratch on a computer chair we have that is sort of a blue tweed like material. We got it when my husband's office was remodeled so I don't worry too much about it. Might eventually recover it in some cat print fabric if I ever get a cat room. I'm afraid they won't like it then.
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