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post #1 of 13
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So I was wondering after watching Fatman this morning if anyone else has a weirdo kitty who likes to move they area rugs or doorways rugs and use them as a scratching mat, bed, play toy. Fatman has officially moved out doorway rug from the doorway to the corner of the room where he can scratch on it sleep on it or even roll himself up like a burrito and sleep in it. Its quite hilarious to see and watch and I dont have the heart to tell him no because he wont use the scratching post or super scratcher thinger I got them. He stretches out and uses the hallway rug or doorway rug and goes to his hearts content. Now what mystifies me is that he has not destroyed any of these rugs there are no tears pulls bald spots NOTHING in either of his favorite scratching spots!

Does anyone else have this "issue"? And if you do have your kitties caused any damage or like mine non whatsoever!

*Tyler*
post #2 of 13
We stopped using throw rugs because they always turned out to be "kitty sleds" and lord only knows where we would find them! Hardwood floors and throw rugs....WOOHOO! Just another toy.

The one place we do use a throw rug is in front of the shower, which is right by the door. I got up one night in the middle of the night, still half asleep, no contacts or glasses on, and went in to do my business. Well, I'm sitting there doing my thing and I notice the rug in front of the shower moving. I'm blind as a bat without my glasses so all I can see is a green blur twitching across the floor. I finished what I was going and go investigate. After getting closer and squinting I see an orange paw hooked into the rug, and a yellow eye staring up at me from under the door. So Harley and I got into a tug of war battle for a few minutes before I just gave up and went back to bed. We found it the next morning in the kitchen. I was still in good shape though! We've learned to only put them down right before we go into the shower and to keep our fingers crossed that they are still there when we get out.

Gotta love em!
post #3 of 13
I have a number of throw rugs in my apartment. Jennie has made it her personal mission to beat every one of them into submission on a daily basis.

Tolly likes to use them as Forts.

All three of them enjoy Catch The Bump Under the Rug Games.

I have asked them all many times to: when they vomit, please use, if not the floor, the throw rugs as those are easy to launder, but no, they continue to vomit on the carpeted areas.
post #4 of 13
Same but different. I used to pile up news papers for the cats when I was away from work. They run and jump and do the 'Sled" thing. I would come home and the papers were all over the living room. Great fun for them and kept them out of any real trouble.
post #5 of 13
Cindy regularly kills the throw rug by Rob's side of the bed. For some reason she does not exhibit a similar interest in the one on my side -- maybe because there's less room there to beat some sense into it.

Fawn kills the bathmat in the main bathroom. It lays over the side of the tub, when she's not disciplining it.
post #6 of 13
My dear Fred would wrap up like a little kitty burrito in throw rugs. It was so cute.
I don't use them any more because Pepper gets so excited by them she pees. If I forget to pick up the bath mat, she will roll around on it until she pees. She is such a weird little girl.
post #7 of 13
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I wish my bathmats were treated as kindly as all yours. Frankin the doxie will eat my rugs into submission Ive had to replace my throws in the bathroom about 4 times since Feb because of finding holes in the rugs and rubber pieces with string all thru the hallways. Im soon due to replace them again because someone decided it would be fun to open the bathroom door for Franklin (THANKS FATMAN) and let him get at the rugs again!!! Its a losing battle LOL!!!
post #8 of 13
Sigh...I can't have any rugs except for a large area rug in the living room. Any throw rug I have out will get twisted, sledded, moved, ripped, and generally abused. We have went through 2 or 3 bath mats before giving up on them altogether, since for some reason, our cats just can't stop peeing on them. Even our area rug is getting tattered around the edges because they'll find a loose thread and keep attacking it.
post #9 of 13
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I have asked them all many times to: when they vomit, please use, if not the floor, the throw rugs as those are easy to launder, but no, they continue to vomit on the carpeted areas.
Why do they do this? Our ENTIRE apartment is hardwood and tile. Where do they throw up? On the one area rug.
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by Angelyco View Post
Sigh...I can't have any rugs except for a large area rug in the living room. Any throw rug I have out will get twisted, sledded, moved, ripped, and generally abused. We have went through 2 or 3 bath mats before giving up on them altogether, since for some reason, our cats just can't stop peeing on them. Even our area rug is getting tattered around the edges because they'll find a loose thread and keep attacking it.
Some cats have an issue with the rubber backing on rugs. If you want to have a bathroom rug, you could try one that does not ahve the rubber backing.

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Why do they do this? Our ENTIRE apartment is hardwood and tile. Where do they throw up? On the one area rug.
LOL! I guess they just want to be comfy when they hurl.
post #11 of 13
I gave up on throw rugs of any kind long ago!In fact,I gave up on any kind of carpeting.As many as I have,it's not worth the extra work.Bath mats are the same way.If I don't keep it hung up higher than they can reach,it's fair game.Towels,too.Gotta love "em and their need to entertain themselves!
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
I gave up on throw rugs of any kind long ago!In fact,I gave up on any kind of carpeting.As many as I have,it's not worth the extra work.Bath mats are the same way.If I don't keep it hung up higher than they can reach,it's fair game.Towels,too.Gotta love "em and their need to entertain themselves!
Good for you! I have taken a solemn vow that when I have my own home there will be NO carpeting! (except on the cat trees of course)

"Can you say linoleum?????"
post #13 of 13
We have hard floors throughout the house, with just an Oriental carpet in the living room. The throw rugs we have are all for Jamie's sake, because he loves to scratch them, hide under them, etc.. A couple of years ago I was out shopping with my mom, and saw several Oriental-style (machine-made) throw rugs I liked on sale. I decided to buy some, and bring them back here in my suitcase. My mom and I were discussing it while waiting in line, and the cashier was so perplexed - she couldn't believe I was buying the rugs for a cat, but did finally understand that it might "save" the real rug!
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