Scratching Solution

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Registered: 03-28-2003
Scratching Solution
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Mon, 10-08-2012 - 1:54pm

I haven't posted here in FOREVER.

I have a lovely 13 yo Maine Coon named Oreo.  She's a large cat, weighing in at a healthy 10 - 11 lbs.  She loves to scratch, and for the last 5 years, I've allowed her to scratch on ONE of my dining chairs (it was an old beat up set).

Problem?

I just bought a new dining set, and have someone coming tonight to take the old set away.  I need something new for Oreo to scratch on.  Pronto.  It needs to be something she can get a stretch with, so the standard little scratcher will not do.  Any suggestions?  I have a couple of pet supply stores fairly close, if I need to go shopping.

Thanks for anything you can suggest!

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Registered: 03-24-2000
Thu, 10-18-2012 - 10:09am

My granddaughter had a cat that they had trouble finding a scratcher for.  Her dad covered a piece of wood with carpet with the backside out and part of the wood sticking out.  She loved it.  It was the only scratcher she would use.

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Registered: 03-28-2003
Wed, 10-10-2012 - 1:04pm

Thanks for your suggestions.  I've tried flat and inclined scratchers, but she's never shown any real interest.

The only two things she's ever really scratched on is wood or my carpet.  Perhaps I'll get this scratcher for my more visible corner and just wrap a less visible corner in wood so she'll have a choice . . .

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Registered: 03-24-2000
Tue, 10-09-2012 - 10:14am

Welcome back.  You may have to try different kinds of scratchers for Oreo to use.  Some cats can be picky about the material and position of the scratcher.  Most cats like tall upright ones.  Several of my cats love the cheap cardboard inclined scratchers too.

Good luck and I hope that you will find a scratcher Oreo will use instead of your new chairs.  Maybe you should put some sticky paws on them until she is scratching on her scratcher.

Let us know how it's going.

 

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Registered: 07-02-1999
Tue, 10-09-2012 - 8:43am
I like that corner post.....it looks nice too which is a plus. :smileyhappy: I have some horizontal cardboard scratchers at my place too - it allows them a pretty good stretch as well.
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Mon, 10-08-2012 - 7:44pm
Ive seen those and yeah they look pretty cool. Ive seen them on Ebay too. Check them out and see if you can get them cheaper there.

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Mon, 10-08-2012 - 5:59pm

Thanks, Christina!  I will also look at both those sites.  So far I have perused Amazon and found this:  http://www.amazon.com/Go-Pet-Club-Tall-Scratching/dp/B0031DJIG0/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=JJN3KABL2EOY&coliid=I3VTM2HION48ZF .  I really like the way it looks and have a very prominent centrally located corner I can install it on.  What do you think of this?  I don't really have any real life friends with indoor cats, so it's difficult to get feedback sometimes.

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Registered: 05-22-2001
Mon, 10-08-2012 - 4:49pm
I know they are big cats. How tall does she reach up any ideas?
Here is one http://www.topcatproducts.com/sisal.htm
http://www.petco.com/product/12529/SmartCat-Ultimate-Scratching-Post.aspx?cm_mmc=bazaarvoice-_-RLP-_-12529-_-productname_link
Those may not be tall enough, lol.
This site is pricey, but they have very tall ones there. http://www.angelicalcat.com/c1_scratch_posts.shtml

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