Cat Houses/Tree Houses

mikumiku

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My parents got our cats a cat house or cat tree, whatever you want to call it, so of course they scratch it up, but the one we have indoors, its been scratched up so much, that the threads of the padding is falling a part that its threads hang on the side, as bits and pieces of the padding fall off or stick out. Here's photos of the house below.





My question here, is would it be okay to cut off the threads sticking out on the sides of the boards on this house, or if cutting those threads off, will it prevent our cats from clawing at the house anymore? I am just trying to keep the house more neat and clean, so wanted to cut all of those threads hanging off so its more cleaner etc.

What do you think I should do?
 

linda2147

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you can cut off the ragged edges and buy thissle rope, which is what is on it now, replace the old ratty stuff with the new rope and they'll be happily scratching away in no time.
 

Alpha1

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I always cut off the threads that hang off of my cat's scratcher. Some people actually replace the carpet if it gets too worn.
 

petty254

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You could have the carpet replaced or go for thissle rope as Linda has mentioned. If well fixed, it would be as good as new.
 

CatMom1994

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Welcome to the forum Mikumiku. Thank you for joining us.

FYI that type of structure is called a cat tree. Some people call them cat condos if they have enclosed areas to curl up in.

When a cat tree looiks that bad, it makes sense to buy a new one if you can afford it. The cat can continue damaging the remaining threads after you cut the loose ones off. At this point, the carpet is a potential safety hazard.
 

Nathaniel3

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Why just don't let your cats sleep or play anywhere? It's good for them and buying that cat tree for me is a waste of money. Instead of buying stuff that is not so useful, you buy an accessory that can track wherever your cats goes. You can't please a pet except if it's under a training.
 

ashleygray

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Yes, your definitely right. It will look worse if the cat continues to scratch or damage the remaining threads. I also think it's better to buy a new one.
 

ashleygray

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Welcome to the forum Mikumiku. Thank you for joining us.

FYI that type of structure is called a cat tree. Some people call them cat condos if they have enclosed areas to curl up in.

When a cat tree looiks that bad, it makes sense to buy a new one if you can afford it. The cat can continue damaging the remaining threads after you cut the loose ones off. At this point, the carpet is a potential safety hazard.
Yes, your definitely right. It will look worse if the cat continues to scratch or damage the remaining threads. I also think it's better to buy a new one.
 

CatMom1994

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Why just don't let your cats sleep or play anywhere? It's good for them and buying that cat tree for me is a waste of money. Instead of buying stuff that is not so useful, you buy an accessory that can track wherever your cats goes. You can't please a pet except if it's under a training.
Cats love to be up high. A cat tree is obviousoly not a waste of money because they don't look that bad until cats have been using them every day for a long time. Cat trees are beds, scratching posts, window perches, and more at the same time.
 

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