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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-13-2015, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Cat Tree - the real version - looking for input

Cats scratch, there is just no way around it (De-clawing is out of the question for me.)

However, that said, my couches are looking pretty rough, lol. One has already been reupholstered once. I'll keep doing it if I have to, but I am looking to give them alternative targets they might appreciate and actually use.

I am actually thinking about securely bolting some real tree/log sections into the floors/walls in my house for the cats. Something sturdy they can climb and scratch on. My biggest question is whether they will actually use it, or if I will do all the work, and it will just get ignored.

At first I was thinking about just purchasing a cat tower/tree of the upholstered variety, but the husband raised a point I have not thought about before.

We want to discourage upholstery scratching/clawing. By providing an upholstered surface as an acceptable target, we may be sending mixed messages. My thoughts are that providing a real tree trunk as a natural 'target' will hopefully give them something they can use to scratch on, and maybe not have to replace/reupholster couches as often.

As some food for thought, many zoos that house felines are REQUIRED by regulations to provide such things for ALL their felines. Most zoos use logs or tree trunks. (something to look for next time you visit!)

Has anyone done this with real logs before?

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I wouldn't want the mess of a real log or tree trunk in my house.

My girls have sisal scratchers or the cardboard kind, never "carpet" material. I have the cardboard ones in every room, near my furniture. My girls love them, and even sleep on them. I always have to buy three at a time, because each one gets claimed by someone the minute I put it down.

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I have a carpet cat tree, carpet tall scratch post, some sisal low scratch thing and I bought a round toy that has a cardboard type scratcher in the middle. They love that the best. And my cats go out so they can scratch out there on trees and my wood fence. Still every now and then they will scratch the sofa
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I think that is a terrific idea! Just be sure and let the branches dry out thoroughly for quite a while (like over the winter and spring) so that they shrink as much as possible. If you have any kind of branches that has smooth bark on them they should really love that (like crepe myrtle trees).

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I don't mine a little mess. Easier to vacuum a few times than reupholster, lol.

I'll have to see what I can get. We have a maple that needs some very serious pruning in the spring. It's kind of intermediate for texture.

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I also have two of these scratchers, my girls LOVE them.




I buy these, but take them out and lay them flat.


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It wouldn't do much for scratching, you'd still need a cardboard of sisal but for cat trees.. I *LOVE* this and would kill to have it in my house for them to climb on.
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