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Old 05-17-2008, 12:04 AM   #15
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We have a small, narrow woven hamper. It catches the laundry, and the cat thinks it's hers because it's made from the same stuff as a scratching post. She leaves the other carpets alone. Sorta depends on how easy it is to convince the cat.
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Old 05-17-2008, 10:06 AM   #16
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Get yourself some mousy friends for kitty to scratch! Though such creatures not so good for airstream. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...res-41836.html !
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Old 05-17-2008, 12:10 PM   #17
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What have you who live and love cats done to protect the carpeted (velour soft) walls from being used as a cat scratch? I am visualizing covering the walls with something during my year's confinement with my furry family.
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A good scratching post and some training.
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Old 05-17-2008, 01:43 PM   #18
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training? the cats already know how to scratch!

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Old 06-01-2008, 11:39 PM   #19
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Ok, cat residence began yesterday. I was not prepared, but am winging it. First, a major de-cluttering!! I just moved out of my house (and sold it 2 days on the market) and seem to have kept too much out of storage. Both of my vehicles have become rolling storage units. So first thing this morning after our first night together (remember this is 4, yes 4!!! cats) was hauling everything possible out of the trailer. We need a clear path to clean, walk and play. The cover ideas for the walls just went to the wayside. I figure it will be easier to redo the walls after the event is over. So I broke down the kitchen booth and made it into the cat palace. I leave the windows open so they can watch the world go by, and are content there. I put several "lamb's wool" beds down for them to claim and put one litter box underneath the booth. Another litter box is in the bathroom. I have a wood floor and so far it is easy to clean, dust, and sweep. I am using covered litter boxes because the boys seem stand inside and miss the box. One more thing... I am putting oil cloth underneath the litter boxes, and then those hospital type water proof mats on top of the oil cloth. When there is an accident, I can just pull out the mat and replace with a new one.
Everyone is enjoying lots of brushing, in fact, fighting over who gets the grooming. I bought a wonderful comb that really pulls the loose fur out, and should help with the shedding. It is going to be some work in close quarters, but just a way to keep the family together until the next life leap.
Oh, one fellow seems to love finding his way into every secret cove in the trailer. I opened the kitchen cabinet and he came pealing out of there after a brief confinement. He loves making his way into the storage under the double bed and hiding.
Thanks for all your ideas, but soon, I will be the expert! (if we survive)
Again, I will get some pictures on line soon.
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Old 06-02-2008, 12:01 AM   #20
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We used to travel with one of our cats everywhere ~ car, RV, boat, plane... found some nice redwood tree rounds and cut them in half. Redwood bark is especially nice for kitty's to scratch on... they can really get their scent in the bark or something. Also had the same thing at home, so instead of retraining each time we were in a different mode of travel, it all seemed like home to kitty.

With four.... you might have more of a challenge. but with a little discipline they can be taught. They are pretty smart, you know!

Good luck! We'd love to see pics of the kitty's! And the A/S too!

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Old 06-02-2008, 12:09 AM   #21
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I like the redwood idea. That is the one thing I have not quite resolved. I have a framed carpet for them to scratch on, but it is not secured. That won't work. Can you give me a little more detail on how big and how you secured it?
Yes, they are so smart. I actually sat down and had a discussion with them yesterday. One especially I had to tell not to bolt out the door. It is essential he behave. Honestly, he is now the model citizen, sitting politely as I leave and enter. I know I will have to watch for that rebellious moment, but at least he is not by the door waiting to bolt.
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"i want more kittens!" lol (tv commercial)

get a fine tooth flea comb, they do a great job of gently pulling loose hair.

if you can get one cat to scratch in the right place, the others will follow so as not to be left out ;-)

four cats and only two eyes eh? i'd put bells on them so you can track them with eyes and ears. i had to do that with one of mine as she was soooo fast and quiet too!
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Old 06-02-2008, 09:38 AM   #23
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training? the cats already know how to scratch!

don't let them watch these videos!

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Another cat video, sorry, couldn't resist these silly cats (and friends)
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Ok, cat residence began yesterday. I was not prepared, but am winging it. First, a major de-cluttering!! I just moved out of my house (and sold it 2 days on the market) and seem to have kept too much out of storage. Both of my vehicles have become rolling storage units. So first thing this morning after our first night together (remember this is 4, yes 4!!! cats) was hauling everything possible out of the trailer. We need a clear path to clean, walk and play. The cover ideas for the walls just went to the wayside. I figure it will be easier to redo the walls after the event is over. So I broke down the kitchen booth and made it into the cat palace. I leave the windows open so they can watch the world go by, and are content there. I put several "lamb's wool" beds down for them to claim and put one litter box underneath the booth. Another litter box is in the bathroom. I have a wood floor and so far it is easy to clean, dust, and sweep. I am using covered litter boxes because the boys seem stand inside and miss the box. One more thing... I am putting oil cloth underneath the litter boxes, and then those hospital type water proof mats on top of the oil cloth. When there is an accident, I can just pull out the mat and replace with a new one.
Everyone is enjoying lots of brushing, in fact, fighting over who gets the grooming. I bought a wonderful comb that really pulls the loose fur out, and should help with the shedding. It is going to be some work in close quarters, but just a way to keep the family together until the next life leap.
Oh, one fellow seems to love finding his way into every secret cove in the trailer. I opened the kitchen cabinet and he came pealing out of there after a brief confinement. He loves making his way into the storage under the double bed and hiding.
Thanks for all your ideas, but soon, I will be the expert! (if we survive)
Again, I will get some pictures on line soon.
becca
Love the oil cloth idea, was looking for something to put dopwn under the litter box so litter wouldn't get into the shower drain and that sounds perfect. Where do you get the hospital type mats?
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You can buy those mats at the drug store, or probably any big chain with pharmacy supplies. Yes, the oil cloth is great... doesn't slip, not too expensive, toss it and replace when needed.
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All good ideas!

Quote "he's too smart, he pushes the slider open while standing on the ZipDee chair credenza."

When our Ki learned how to open the slider with her paw and nose, we "modified" a wooden skewer to be narrow enough to just slip into the metal track the slider goes on.... it let's the slide open about 2 inches and so far it's worked like a charm!

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