Digital Spy

Search Digital Spy
 

DS Forums

 
 
 

Thinking of getting a cat...


Reply
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-04-2013, 19:04
JimothyD
Forum Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 4,286

Its like this, see. I've always liked cats, I think they're fantastic creatures and I think they're nice to have around the house. My missus is a fan and wants one.

The thing is, we bought and renovated our house over the past two years. Everything is brand new and I am very house proud.

To all you cat owners, how are they in respecting your home? Our carpet is pristine and would hate to see bits that have worn away because a cat has been clawing at it.

I expect we'll get a cat at some point in the future and it would be nice to have one now, but if I'm overly concerned about maintaining quality for my flooring and furniture for a couple more years, do you think we should postpone?
JimothyD is offline   Reply With Quote
Please sign in or register to remove this advertisement.
Old 10-04-2013, 19:17
Function
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 726
It's other peoples homes, and in particular their gardens that they struggle to 'respect'. Do me a favour, wherever it is in this mortal land that you live, start a trend and keep the moggy in the house all day every day and let it do it's thing in a cat litter tray that you empty yourself and dispose of yourself, which will allow all the non cat owning neighbours around your way to not find any suprises in their own gardens.

Thanks in advance from all non cat owners of Britain.
Function is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2013, 19:17
Jair_Sharp
Forum Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: South East London
Posts: 91
i have 4 and have pristine home my secret is to have plenty of scratching post and a cat tree to keep mine happy plenty of toys and if you have access to out doors and you get him/her chip get a cat flap what reads their chip so only him/her can get in so others dont so him/her will not feel they have to mark by scratching carpets
Jair_Sharp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2013, 19:21
Jair_Sharp
Forum Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: South East London
Posts: 91
It's other peoples homes, and in particular their gardens that they struggle to 'respect'. Do me a favour, where ever it is in the mortal land that you live, start a trend and keep the moggy in the house all day every day and let it do it's thing in a cat litter tray that you empty yourself and dispose of yourslef, which will allow all the non cat owning neighbours around your way to not find any suprises in their own gardens.

Thanks in advance from all non cat owners of Britain.
And how about letting others in you life it looks like you just trolling these forums and making a sarkey comments how about you don't go out and stay in all day everyday. Not all cats go out to do their busness my 4 come back to use their litter trays so dont assume that all cats do this sould try owning a cat or reserch before making comments like this
Jair_Sharp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2013, 19:31
Function
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 726
Not all cats go out to do their busness my 4 come back to use their litter trays
Firstly I'm no troll and secondly, your above statement, I do not believe.
Function is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2013, 19:47
Wolfsheadish
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: UK and Canada
Posts: 1,527
I have two cats. One ALWAYS uses the litter tray at home, even when she's just been out.
Wolfsheadish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2013, 19:49
stud u like
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: The Sunny Side Of The Street
Posts: 37,592
It's other peoples homes, and in particular their gardens that they struggle to 'respect'. Do me a favour, wherever it is in this mortal land that you live, start a trend and keep the moggy in the house all day every day and let it do it's thing in a cat litter tray that you empty yourself and dispose of yourself, which will allow all the non cat owning neighbours around your way to not find any suprises in their own gardens.

Thanks in advance from all non cat owners of Britain.
Cats have every right to go outside. Well brought up cats use their own lavatorial arrangements.
stud u like is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2013, 20:05
Jair_Sharp
Forum Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: South East London
Posts: 91
i would like to add also they do poop yes and if they did they bury it secondly it fertilizes the garden so its all good it means you don't add to the landfeild by chucking loads of cat litter away
Jair_Sharp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2013, 21:51
Badcat
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 2,692
As someone else has stated. Get a couple of scratching posts and climbing tree things to keep them busy, also get a water spray to use as a deterrent for any possible scratching issues (they use it to mark their scent on their paws) if they go to claw something spray them, they get the message that it isn't allowed (and is less cruel than shouting at them)

basically they do less damage than children and messy humans. (do you make your guests take off their shoes and put on clean slippers when they walk on your carpet?)

Also to people who want cats to be kept indoors. If you have children, please keep them indoors all the time. The traffic jams because of all the parents ferrying them to school, the screaming at the bus stops and the hanging around my shops are really annoying..plus all the bullying I have to break up on public transport is really beginning to get on my nerves. thanks from all the non children owners in Great Britain)
Badcat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2013, 21:56
curmy
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Suffolk
Posts: 2,286
Its like this, see. I've always liked cats, I think they're fantastic creatures and I think they're nice to have around the house. My missus is a fan and wants one.

The thing is, we bought and renovated our house over the past two years. Everything is brand new and I am very house proud.

To all you cat owners, how are they in respecting your home? Our carpet is pristine and would hate to see bits that have worn away because a cat has been clawing at it.

I expect we'll get a cat at some point in the future and it would be nice to have one now, but if I'm overly concerned about maintaining quality for my flooring and furniture for a couple more years, do you think we should postpone?
Yes I do think you should postpone , however careful you are you're not going to stop them clawing the carpet or throwing up sometimes.

Infact if you want a perfect house, don't bother with a pet at all , !
curmy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2013, 21:58
Badcat
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 2,692
Yes I do think you should postpone , however careful you are you're not going to stop them clawing the carpet or throwing up sometimes.

Infact if you want a perfect house, don't bother with a pet at all , !
or kids.

or friends round...

The OP could always cover everything in plastic so nothing gets ruined? (am joking...)
Badcat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2013, 22:10
Jerrica09
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 16,454
Firstly I'm no troll and secondly, your above statement, I do not believe.
Mine comes in too. She didn't use to tbh, but she does now. If she's out when I come home the first thing she does when I let her in is run to the litter tray.
Jerrica09 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2013, 22:19
regbobsal
Inactive Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 338
Its like this, see. I've always liked cats, I think they're fantastic creatures and I think they're nice to have around the house. My missus is a fan and wants one.

The thing is, we bought and renovated our house over the past two years. Everything is brand new and I am very house proud.

To all you cat owners, how are they in respecting your home? Our carpet is pristine and would hate to see bits that have worn away because a cat has been clawing at it.

I expect we'll get a cat at some point in the future and it would be nice to have one now, but if I'm overly concerned about maintaining quality for my flooring and furniture for a couple more years, do you think we should postpone?
Kittens will cause a bit of mess now & again, but you will never have unwanted small animals running around your house & they love killing spiders & fly's etc. They quickly settle down & are very clean animals, who don't need a lot of looking after.
regbobsal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2013, 22:22
MarellaK
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Herts
Posts: 2,184
As someone else has stated. Get a couple of scratching posts and climbing tree things to keep them busy, also get a water spray to use as a deterrent for any possible scratching issues (they use it to mark their scent on their paws) if they go to claw something spray them, they get the message that it isn't allowed (and is less cruel than shouting at them)

basically they do less damage than children and messy humans. (do you make your guests take off their shoes and put on clean slippers when they walk on your carpet?)

Also to people who want cats to be kept indoors. If you have children, please keep them indoors all the time. The traffic jams because of all the parents ferrying them to school, the screaming at the bus stops and the hanging around my shops are really annoying..plus all the bullying I have to break up on public transport is really beginning to get on my nerves. thanks from all the non children owners in Great Britain)
I agree with this post. I wish people could keep their kids indoors too - the screaming, the kicking footballs against houses, the hanging around etc. If kids are allowed to 'roam' and annoy neighbours then the parents of those kids can't really complain about a few roaming cats who spend about 18 hours a day sleeping anyway.

As for keeping a house pristine with cats, I'm afraid it's just not possible unless you are really lucky with the cat you acquire. My sofas are ripped, I've had to replace my lovely living room rug, the stair carpet is a frequent target for scratching despite having scratching posts in every room. I spent a lot of money last year recarpeting all the upstairs bedrooms and I'm now wondering why I bothered. Having said that, I wouldn't be without my cats and when my Tabitha died 2 years ago. leaving me with just one cat at that time, I actually missed all the extra housework, the hoovering of cat hair and cleaning floors of muddy paws etc.

It's definitely better in the summer when the cats spend more time outdoors. I like to keep my house clean and tidy but I just have to accept that it can never be perfect while I'm a cat owner.
MarellaK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2013, 22:23
workhorse
Inactive Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 2,747
Its like this, see. I've always liked cats, I think they're fantastic creatures and I think they're nice to have around the house. My missus is a fan and wants one.

The thing is, we bought and renovated our house over the past two years. Everything is brand new and I am very house proud.

To all you cat owners, how are they in respecting your home? Our carpet is pristine and would hate to see bits that have worn away because a cat has been clawing at it.

I expect we'll get a cat at some point in the future and it would be nice to have one now, but if I'm overly concerned about maintaining quality for my flooring and furniture for a couple more years, do you think we should postpone?
no two cats are the same,I've had cats who were very clean in their habits and didn't seem to shed much fur then I've had cats who come inside to go and poo in the bath or pee in the shower.if you don't mind a little extra cleaning and using disinfectant then you will have no problem.the pleasure of having a cat in your life outweighs the hygeine issues.
workhorse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2013, 22:49
Aarghawasp!
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Scotland
Posts: 5,087
Yes I do think you should postpone , however careful you are you're not going to stop them clawing the carpet or throwing up sometimes.

Infact if you want a perfect house, don't bother with a pet at all , !
ITA. All cats are different, I've had cats all my life, all with outdoor access, good tall scratch posts, catnip spray, toys etc. One was fantastic - no damage at all. Another scratched and ripped carpets if she encountered a closed door, one preferred the leather couch for sharpening claws, another the wallpaper on a particular corner.

Indoor cats tend to be more destructive simply because they're releasing energy by climbing and playing indoors rather than outside. Teenage cats are particularly loopy and it's not unknown for them to run up the curtains! Personally I'd advise anyone who values a pristine house not to get cats. They will barf, they will shed hair and possibly scratch furniture/carpets. Think carefully - if you did have your couch scratched up or your carpets barfed on regularly could you live with it or would you end up rehoming the cat? It would be unfair to take on a cat then later rehome it for doing what cats do.
Aarghawasp! is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2013, 23:15
JimothyD
Forum Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 4,286
ITA. All cats are different, I've had cats all my life, all with outdoor access, good tall scratch posts, catnip spray, toys etc. One was fantastic - no damage at all. Another scratched and ripped carpets if she encountered a closed door, one preferred the leather couch for sharpening claws, another the wallpaper on a particular corner.

Indoor cats tend to be more destructive simply because they're releasing energy by climbing and playing indoors rather than outside. Teenage cats are particularly loopy and it's not unknown for them to run up the curtains! Personally I'd advise anyone who values a pristine house not to get cats. They will barf, they will shed hair and possibly scratch furniture/carpets. Think carefully - if you did have your couch scratched up or your carpets barfed on regularly could you live with it or would you end up rehoming the cat? It would be unfair to take on a cat then later rehome it for doing what cats do.
I would never re home a cat, I know that even if it wasn't as respectful to our house as I would like, I'd still enjoy having the little fella around.

I think its too early really. We can always get cats in the future and it will be even better if we do it when we have kids - it'd be fun, inspirational and probably a bit education for kids to have cats around.
JimothyD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2013, 23:26
workhorse
Inactive Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 2,747
I would never re home a cat, I know that even if it wasn't as respectful to our house as I would like, I'd still enjoy having the little fella around.

I think its too early really. We can always get cats in the future and it will be even better if we do it when we have kids - it'd be fun, inspirational and probably a bit education for kids to have cats around.
its educational for them when your cat has kittens.all kids should experience that once.
workhorse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2013, 23:42
Wolfsheadish
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: UK and Canada
Posts: 1,527
its educational for them when your cat has kittens.all kids should experience that once.
Nooooooooooooo! There are already far too many unwanted cats. Spay or neuter please!
Wolfsheadish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2013, 23:56
Shrike
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Nottingham
Posts: 8,379
I got a rescue in January - she does claw the carpet, but its old anyway so I'm not bothered. She has a clawing post but she just uses that for extra practice
I hadn't anticipated how much dirt she can track in from the garden, and once she cut her foot and trailed blood around. So if you have light carpets you may want to think again or get an indoor only cat (There are some that can't go outside and they need homes too)
Shrike is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2013, 23:58
Mitten Kitten
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 1,122
When I bought a new sofa, I had a water pistol to hand. In the end, all I had to do was to pick it up and she would be off. She does shed fur though. I do groom, but even then, black fur shows up on a beige carpet and my bedding is in a furry state. Because I love having a cuddly mate at night, I am not so bothered about my bed (it is just her and me), but on the spare beds, I always make sure that there is a bedspread over the bedding and I put a clean fur free one on before I have guests. Another problem can be other cats. If you have an indoor/outdoor one, others can get in and spray which is a horrible smell. I find Johnson's Odour and stain remover for pets is brilliant for spray and also for when there is unexpected vomit (thankfully not often and mostly undigested dry food so easier to clean up).
I discovered early on that mine would not use a scratching post. I have scratching boxes on the floor which she prefers and if she isn't using those, there is always my leg (ouch!).
Mitten Kitten is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2013, 00:17
japara
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: pembrokeshire
Posts: 380
When I bought a new sofa, I had a water pistol to hand. In the end, all I had to do was to pick it up and she would be off. She does shed fur though. I do groom, but even then, black fur shows up on a beige carpet and my bedding is in a furry state. Because I love having a cuddly mate at night, I am not so bothered about my bed (it is just her and me), but on the spare beds, I always make sure that there is a bedspread over the bedding and I put a clean fur free one on before I have guests. Another problem can be other cats. If you have an indoor/outdoor one, others can get in and spray which is a horrible smell. I find Johnson's Odour and stain remover for pets is brilliant for spray and also for when there is unexpected vomit (thankfully not often and mostly undigested dry food so easier to clean up).
I discovered early on that mine would not use a scratching post. I have scratching boxes on the floor which she prefers and if she isn't using those, there is always my leg (ouch!).
I had this problem until I purchased a cat flap that my cats microchips are programmed into so that only they can access the house. It is one of the best things I have ever bought. Obviosly more expensive than a regular flap but worth every penny.
japara is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2013, 16:10
Mitten Kitten
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 1,122
I had this problem until I purchased a cat flap that my cats microchips are programmed into so that only they can access the house. It is one of the best things I have ever bought. Obviosly more expensive than a regular flap but worth every penny.
Unfortunately mine decided to move in just after I had two outside rear doors changed to all clear glass. Didn't have a cat, didn't want a cat, now love cats and would never be without one. It is the small bathroom window open all day for me!
Mitten Kitten is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2013, 16:11
stud u like
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: The Sunny Side Of The Street
Posts: 37,592
its educational for them when your cat has kittens.all kids should experience that once.
No they should not. It is wanton.
stud u like is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2013, 17:47
TWS
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Devon
Posts: 6,256
Yes I do think you should postpone , however careful you are you're not going to stop them clawing the carpet or throwing up sometimes.

Infact if you want a perfect house, don't bother with a pet at all , !
I agree mine occasionally pees in the house too as she is a territorial bitch ass, normally on the bathroom rug thankfully as that is easy to clean
TWS is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 
Forum Jump


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 13:57.