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cat destroying bedding?

embean
March 7th, 2010, 07:55 AM
So my cat likes to rip up sheets etc... she doesn't do it on purpose (so not really a behaviour problem) but she likes to play on the bed I guess and she gets stuck. So far she's ripped a giant hole in a sheet and also put holes in a down duvet & duvet cover... the sheets and duvet cover I don't care so much about but the duvet itself was expensive and is hard to sew up (not that it's okay for her to destroy the others).

We try to keep her claws short and I don't want to restrict her from the bed as this would make it even more exciting. I think my plan.. once I replace everything, will be to fold up the duvet during the day. If I was my grandmother I'd probably put a sheet of plastic over the bed, but that's not going to happen.

Does anyone have tips on how to "store" bedding, etc? There's not necessarily anything I can correct in the cat. She doesn't even know what she's doing.

14+kitties
March 7th, 2010, 09:13 AM
Besides being very diligent about keeping her claws trimmed back could you just cover the new duvet with the old one during the day? That way she can still have her fun and nothing gets wrecked. :shrug:

MyBirdIsEvil
March 7th, 2010, 08:36 PM
Does anyone have tips on how to "store" bedding, etc?

Not sure exactly what you're asking.

Don't store it in plastic, it's bad for the fabric, especially cotton. Store in something breathable like cloth (I use pillow cases for my quilts).

I would just do like 14+ suggested and cover the good bedding with something else, like an old blanket, during the day.

As far as the cat tearing stuff up, if you keep the claws trimmed it shouldn't be an issue. You can file the end slightly with an emery board to dull it. You could also try soft claws, which are plastic covers that go over the ends. I have 11 cats here and none of my stuff gets ripped so I think that's honestly a bit odd unless your fabric is already in bad condition. If the fabric has been stored incorrectly it can weaken it and that may be part of your problem.

http://www.ulsterlinen.com/stor.htm

That's for Linen, but the storage rules are pretty much the same for cotton.