Cabinets, Tolex, Grill Cloth... and Cats

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  1. F86

    F86 New Member

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    So... I may be adopting a kitten soon. My concern is my living room, which is always some variation on this picture. Kittens like using their claws to climb things. I thought about draping sheets over everything, but sheets lose against claws. Has anyone had any creative solution for a similar concern? I'm pretty opposed to declawing, so that isn't really an option. I don't really use the 2210/4x12 these days, so I could just spin that around (although it's still all perfect tolex on the back). The JMP half stack will end up at my bands rehearsal room mostly (but not always), but there's still the 4104, the JTM30 w/extension cabinet, etc. I've thought about large sheets of cardboard when I'm not playing, but that might actually encourage climbing...

    Maybe I'll get lucky and he won't be a scratcher, but that seems like a remote chance. Trying to plan for worst case...

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  2. Jethro Rocker

    Jethro Rocker Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Put some scratching posts in there with catnip. And get covers for your amps. I have zero problems with our cat amd have no scratching posts in there, just covers. Tolex isn't the best scratching material for cats.
    Nice collection of goodies there too!!
     
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    Dogs of Doom Moderator Staff Member

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    I drape towels...

    sheets would probably work, as they aren't scratchable...
     
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  4. 80sTone

    80sTone Active Member

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    I have had several cats - your bigger worry might be furniture...They dont touch the tolex that I have ever seen
     
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    Mitchell Pearrow Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Welcome to the forum
    Our cats have never messed with the amps , but they are no longer kittens, we only have one left (cat) but she doesn’t play with them at all.
    Good luck
    Cheers
    Mitch
     
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  6. Sapient

    Sapient Reformed Witchdoctor Silver Supporting Member Platinum Supporting Member

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    Mine will go for the grill cloth. I learned early on, at least for me anyway, you either display your amps or have cats. I'll take the cats any day. Maybe you will have good luck but statistically speaking, you most likely won't.
     
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    Matthews Guitars Well-Known Member

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    "No cat room". Keep your gear in a room where the cat can never go. That's step 1.

    Step 2 is to get covers for everything.

    Step 3 is to give the cat scratching posts so they can scratch on something that satisfies them.

    I'm not in favor of declawing, either. That's nothing less than amputating all the cat's fingertips.
     
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    Any of your amps carpeted in that Rat Fur called 'Ozite'?
    My heart goes out to bass players that seem to have a 50/50 chance of their rigs being covered in Ozite.
    A scratchy cats delight!
    And even if they don't scratch at it, they show their full ownership through all the fur that it attracts so well.

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    https://www.talkbass.com/threads/amp-vs-cats.1323003/

    I've just bought the 25W version of one of these off eBay.
    I didn't tick the box for a free cat though!
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    Get a goldfish. :yesway:
     
  10. DonP

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    Never had issues with cats and amps. The cats weren't around amps when they were little, so I guess they didn't learn bad habits from the beginning.

    But I will say this, they love cardboard scratchers or boxes. I also have the rope wrapped around a pole scratcher that they like.
     
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    anitoli Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    A chunk of tree with bark attached to a base where it stands uprite is a kitty favorite cause they can stretch out and really dig in.
     
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    I agree with the catnip/scratching post and would offer cutting the nails yourself. Trick is to handle the paws a lot when they are little. Once they are comfortable pop the claws out by pushing on the center pad and with a pair regular nail clippers, snip of the sharp bit of the claw off. This prevents them from "locking" into things when they do try to scratch. A firm "No" or a shake of a can with pennies will help condition them where not to scratch.

    I did that with Edward (on my lap dead asleep as I type this) and he has never sunk his claws into anything except where we have conditioned him to scratch.
     
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    If you have no pets, carpet covered amps are pretty nice

    A bit extra cushioning is good if you move it around a lot, less likely to scuff your vehicle or other stuff in your cargo area
     
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    I’m happy to hear that de-clawing is not an option you’re considering.
     
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    I am happy also about you not wanting to de-claw. When i hear someone say they have that in the works i know I'm wasting my time.

    What we do is start them early on trimming their claws and what's theirs to scratch and sleep. Keep with the training and it will become normal life to them and a level of trust is developed.

    I've had great succes with corrugated cardboard scratchers. They are around shoebox lid size. Cheap, and our cats have loved them. My wife and i have never had any problems.
     
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    Nice, man.
    Cats are good friends! :)

    I have covers for all my gear, but sometimes I let them uncovered for some days and never had problems.

    But it’s important they have a scratch post.
     
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    You can have the cat's front claws removed. If you elect that option, make sure the cat never gets into a fight. It won't be able to defend itself.
     
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    There used to be a product called Softpaws that your vet could periodically put on the cat’s front claws. They were essentially little rubber covers for claws that mitigate scratch damage by turning the knife points into blunt knobs. Kind of like rubber hardwood floor protectors used for furniture legs. It’s not a permanent/perfect solution and they had to be reinstalled periodically, but it may be something to look into if you’re opposed to declawing. As someone who as owned many cats, scratching posts, catnip, etc. will work with some cats and others will totally ignore them. Their behavior is far more capricious and unpredictable than that of dogs. Good luck.

    EDIT: Softpaws is still around... site wouldn’t let me post a link but it’ll come up if you Google.
     
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    Thanks for being opposed to declawing. It's not fair on the cat and here in the UK it's illegal on the grounds of animal cruelty.
     
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    Eucalyptus or pepper will deter cats and dogs.
    Double sided tape deters them from scratching too.
    Failing that, crank that bitch up and they will fall in line.
     
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