Cat Fights


Exhibit A

It’s only 7 am, and Clyde has already driven me crazy. Here’s how he does it:

  • Go behind the new couch.
  • Start clawing at the back of it.
  • When The Girl yells at you, go under the couch and start clawing there.
  • When the girl moves the couch out to yell at you and/or grab you, sneak behind the heater.
  • Mess around back there until the heater and/or phone go on and off, with accompanying beeping.

I ejected Clyde into the sunny morning, even though I suspect that he may begin to see clawing the couch as a doorbell substitute.

Any suggestions on how to eliminate the clawing problem?

Also in the Cats Behaving Badly department is Digit*, the office cat.


Exhibit B

As you know, staff meetings at the jobette are frequently attended by our Director of Barketing. He turned up yesterday in a natty red plaid vest, tail wagging, only to be greeted by a hissing and puffy Digit. Erin removed Digit from the meeting, and was scratched for her trouble. The dog and his owner went out the back door after the meeting, and when we opened the conference room/kitchen door, Digit was curled up on a chair, looking like nothing had happened.

Hopefully, they can work it out. The CEO’s kids chased Digit all over the office on Friday, and she put up with that. She also had no trouble with his dog, so maybe she just needs more time to adjust and realize that she is safe in her new home.

*Megan stopped by the jobette yesterday after teaching a CPR class. She thinks Digit is a silver tabby, like Megan’s beautiful cat Harriet.

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4 thoughts on “Cat Fights

  1. cats know exactly what to do in the mornings to get us up, don’t they? Bernoulli claws at the bedroom curtains, then if those are unavailable, the mattress. If for some reason that doesn’t work, he’ll stand by your head and meow his head off.

    Clawing the back of the couch is tricky – it’s such a large area. The only thought I have is to cover it with a material cats hate touching (double-sided tape or tinfoil) – after a few encounters, he should stop. But the underside – oy.

    Sometimes I think the solution is to sleep with earplugs, and let the cats claw at whatever they want.

  2. May I suggest a cat tree for the clawing problem, they love to climb and use their claws, the tree could be a easy solution to your cats problems.

  3. That’s what makes it so mystifying – they are playing outside in the WOODS all day and part of the evning! They are climbing and clawing trees all day long. I can’t understand why that isn’t enough for them…

    I will try the sticky stuff on the back and maybe even underneath. Those crazy cats! 🙂

  4. Our girls have ruined some of our chairs and the lower arms of one of the chesterfields….and we have a cat tree – which they also use…….go figure! We never had a problem in the past when we had outdoor cats. Poor Suzy. I did buy the sticky backed tapes for chairs that they had already ‘started on’ and don’t see them clawing them anymore. Mind you, the damage was already done! I would try these tapes. Good Luck!

    jx

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