1/26/10

The latest model*



Look who joined our family on Saturday. We picked her out at the local animal shelter for her  qualities of patience, cuddliness, adaptability, and purring.

The kids love her and would never leave her alone without my intervention. She hasn't hurt them yet and even lets Red Chief carry her around, although she doesn't look terribly thrilled about it.

Oh, and if anyone has tips on getting her to stop scratching the couch and carpet, I'm all ears.


*Bonus points for naming the book this post title comes from.

13 comments:

  1. Well I am a cat person and have not a clue to stop it completly but slow it down.

    My inside cats now don't do it one we adopted was already declawed and the others never have.

    But one we had (he died of old age) did do it and we had a cardboard scratching thing for him. We bought it at Petsmart I have seen them at Dollar General. It has a little thing of catnip with it you pour on it and they love that. Even my cats now loved to roll and snuggle up to that thing with the catnip. But that helped curve Tommy's scratching.

    You could get a scratch post or make one with carpet on it or get a piece of scrape carpet and do the same thing. Put catnip on to entice and then go from there.

    They also have a spray you can use to stop them. You spray it on the area they scratch. But I have never tried this and wouldn't with little ones about.

    Erika

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  2. I agree with the scratching post/catnip thing. I also like to pick up rugs at thrift store and put them on spots on the carpet the cat likes to scratch... then she scratches the rug instead of the carpet (except when she's being naughty, then she reaches under the rug and scratches the carpet LOL)

    I have tried the sprays. They work great... after using it for a week or so on my couches our cats just left them alone.

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  3. Maybe my comment didn't go through!

    I think the title is from Cheaper by the Dozen. Love that book!

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  4. Aw! She looks like Alice!

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  5. Yep, I'm a cat person too. Some sort of scratching post. I assume your pet stores will carry them just like ours do. A spray jar of water to squirt at her if you catch her may discourage her but most cats are really persistent & the scratching serves 2 purposes: it marks territory & helps remove old sheath/broken nails from her claws. Keeping them trimmed yourself will help. Most cats will tolerate it if you train them while they're young ~ or get your vet to show you how. She is adorable. Enjoy her moggy love.

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  6. You got it, Keri. I love that book, too.

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  7. How precious! Congratulations :o) You do need a scratching pad. There are two options for keeping them from scratching: double sided tape on the area they scratch and/or a water gun filled with water and lemon juice. The lemon makes it sting just a little bit if it gets in the eye or tail area. It won't seriously hurt them, but it will get their attention.

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  8. She's beautiful. I love Calicos. And way to go for adopting her from the animal shelter. You probably saved her life.

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  9. Hey someone got the answer before me! I love that book too... Your kitty is adorable, and I commend you for getting an adult cat from a shelter. There are so many wonderful animals there and so rarely do they find homes. Give her a little snuggle from me and while you're at it, kiss her on the nose. (Yes, I admit it, I kiss my kitties on their cute little noses♥)

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  10. Cats are individuals--as anyone who owns a cat knows quite well! I have one that will only scratch on the carpet, despite 2 types of scratching posts (jute and carpet). I'm considering getting a carpet sample and gluing it onto a piece of plywood. Another of my cats used to like the sofa, but we used that double-sided tape (from the pet store) for about 2 months. Cured her. Your new addition sounds like a sweetie!

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  11. She's jsut beautiful! Callies and Torties are my favorite. As Your Paper Girl said, each cat is different. Our cat Boomer wasn't big on scratching furniture but he always scratched cardboard boxes. Some like the stairs. We use double sided tape on the stair railing, and keep a scratching post in the front room near some of our shelves that have been scratched.

    Cats that are good with kids are definitely keepers. We are really missing Boomer as he was so good with Mo. Luckily Callie has been a bit more loving toward him, and Cinnamon will cuddle him on occasion.

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  12. Oh, she's beautiful! She looks like a Tiger!

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  13. Little Sister1/30/10, 11:51 AM

    #1: Don't ignore her. Sometimes they scratch for attention.
    #2: Keep her claws clipped. Though I'm sure you know this, seeing as you're the one who taught me how to clip a cat's claws :)

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