Mar 6, 2007

Rug Destruction


I've never lived with cats before I got married. Now I have two. Recently Yun and I bought a fancy new rug from Angela Adams. For some reason my cats love tearing it up. They don't touch my cheap rugs from K-mart. You have to see me running around like an idiot trying to protect the rug. I put some stuff from the pet store that is supposed to keep them away but instead they seem more attracted to it. Now I do the old water squirt bottle. It seemed to have worked for a while. Now they are back to tearing it again. It is a constant battle. They know they shouldn't do it. They won't go near it when I'm there. But many mornings or when I get home I can see it's been tampered. I don't know what to do. Maybe someone who reads this has some new advice to help me. I'm tired of running around like a loony and squirting my cats who I've come to love very much. Help.

17 comments:

Ryan said...

This may be more of a pain than it is worth, but you can put double sided tape or regular scotch tape doubled up. If they walk on it and it sticks it'll drive 'em nuts. Of course then you can't walk on it either. Short of that it's either get rid of the rug or the cats. They're sneaky and rarely give up.

Oh how about getting 'em a catnip scratch thing? I'm just grasping at straws now.

Good Luck

kelly said...

I'm not sure if this is any better than double stick tape, but cats seem to dislike touching aluminum foil. My mother puts sheets of foil on her sofa cushions when she wants to keep the cats off - they freak out when foil makes that crinkling noise.
Also, when my neighbor's lovely cat was using part of my back walkway as a litter box, the only thing that made him stop was putting down foil!
Not the most practical solution for a rug, but if you are desperate, it's worth a shot (inexpensive, non-toxic and probably in your kitchen right now).
At least it might keep them off it when you aren't home.
hope this helps...

Tommy Kane said...

Thanks for the advice. I tried the foil. Worked ok. They seem to have gotten over going on it. Only an occasional accident. It seems to be when their claws are too long. So we cut a bit more regular.

jen said...

i really like how you've captured that certain look of innocence!
good luck with the rug! can't really offer much advice - maybe they need their own rug? ;)

Susan said...

I love that cat, and it's great to know he has impeccable taste. There's a product called Bitter Apple that might work - it works with keeping our dogs out of the trash cans. My dad used to shoot our cats with rubberbands, but waterguns are probably nicer and more effective.

Rob said...

A couple other approaches are:

Put cayenne pepper underneath it. When they sniff around they'll definitely not to want to be anywhere near it.

Find something else for them to mess with. Growing some cat grass normally works really well. You can get it really cheap at a pet store, and it also helps regulate their stomachs, pretty well eliminating furballs.

Tommy Kane said...

Thanks for all the advice. The cayenne pepper sounds interesting. They have a scratching post which works pretty good. They are getting the idea.

Robbie said...

I have a convertible top on my car that neighborhood cats were using as a place to snuggle up overnight. Kind of bothered me but when they started leaving presents behind that belonged in a litter box, I went on a mission. I didn't want anything that would hurt them or my car. I was told cats do not like the smell of lavender or citrus. I now spray my top down with a natural citrus essential oil about once a month and they leave it alone and my car smells quite nice. I would recommend doing it to the backside of the carpet so you don't stain the fibers of the rug but I haven't had any problems with staining on my car.

P.S. I'm a lurker that found you through Danny Gregory. I love your artwork!

hannah said...

I've also heard that putting moth bolls on/under something may help to keep cats away. My grandmother used to do so on her convertable top. Plus will keep your rugs moth-hole-free!

pete said...

Umm, well there is always the obvious solution... remove the cats.

but seriously I feel your pain. I now have a very nice Persian rug rolled up in my garage 'cause my male cat thought it was his personal litter box. My wife wouldn't let me remove the cat so the carpet had to go...

Ana Banana said...

how about getting a viscious pit bull and chain him near to the rug and not feed him every few days?

Tommy Kane said...

I see what you're saying Ana.

Felicity said...

Sorry Tommy, it made me laugh - it's so typical of cats! How is that lamp btw? Best thing is to clip their nails and hope they don't start chewing it. Love the illustration!

yun said...

Tom and I are hopeless in even getting their nails cut. While Happy is quite amenable, Ace gets downright vicious if she even sees the nail clipper in our hands.

Greet said...

Hang the rug on the wall.

Squeek and Mem say hello to your two miscreants, and that the brainstorm topic for the next nap/virtual meeting/mind meld is "getting fur on objects that we 'could't possibly' touch." Extra points if these objects are, say, toothbrushes.

Pate said...

everytime i catch pixel chewing on my cushions, rug, i sprinkle a tiny amount of cayene pepper on my palm, walk up to her, and gently rub some on her mouth. then i say: 'bad girl!' which she undertands as not a good word from me. she stopped chewing after a couple of times.

Bruce said...

Hey Tommy-
As you know, I have plenty of cats. In their subtle, quiet way they have taught us how to live with them. They have destroyed expensive antique leather chairs, rugs, broken floor lamps, table lamps, chewed through wires, even managed to knock pictures off the wall. Our answer is to shop more at Target. They also bring me lots of dead animals to photograph, so I guess we're even.
Bruce