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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-04-2018, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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Bringing a Cat Home?

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Half a year ago i found a cat curled in a corner right next to my house. She was freezing cold and couldn't really move. I decided to bring her in the house because i didn't want to leave her to freeze. I thought i'd bring her in the storage/summer kitchen next to the garage. Everything's been great so far. I go there every day to feed her and play with her for a bit but i can't keep her there forever. I could get her outside but we've had problems with cat worms before so i can't risk it.
I want to bring her in, but the problem is that everything in my apartment is new and there is leather as well as curtains in almost all of the rooms. There is a leather sofa in the living room but i can just keep her away from that room. The problem is that i don't know if it would be a good idea to bring her in. Do you think that she'll scratch up the curtains or the furniture?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-04-2018, 07:37 PM
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Get her a cat tree where you are keeping her, sprinkle a little catnip on it if she doesn't naturally go for it. Also those cardboard scratching bases are cheap. If you give a cat an alternative they will use it and prefer it. Key is give it BEFORE the bad behavior starts.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-08-2018, 03:51 PM
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Every pet store has a variety of cat scratchers - posts, floor pads, wall hangings; virtually all shapes and sizes of cat scratchers are available. Amazon and carry tons of scratchers too. Millions of people have indoor cats with no issues. A litter box, a few scratching posts that she is shown how to use and fresh food and water are all that is needed - oh and staying on this site for all your questions.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-08-2018, 05:24 PM
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Also, cats aren't normally attracted to leather as as scratching surface. Given a choice, they prefer rough textures that remind them of tree bark.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-09-2018, 02:48 PM
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And keep her nails trimmed, just take the tip off so they're blunt. But ultimately, if the furniture is more important to you than the cat, you should find her a home where she's the most important.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-09-2018, 03:19 PM
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One of my cats scratched a leather sofa. You need to find out what the cat likes to scratch on. Mine choose different things. I have several choices to try and deter from scratching furniture.
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