cat scratch fever (Or, the story of what happens when a wife dares to mess with kitty’s best friend.)

16 Sep

Kitty likes his scratching post. In fact, kitty likes his scratching post more than anything else in the world. That’s saying a lot since kitty also believes that everything in the world belongs to him. But since he has selected his post as the crown jewel of Location 27, there’s no better way to put Sam in a tizzy than to move, touch, or in any other way violate his scratching post. Even his toys are required to steer clear.

Exhibit A:
Note: the post-touching culprit in this video is catnip, but trust me, he attacks non-catnip violators with equal vengeance.


Knowing how Sam reacts to situations involving his post, I felt a spike of trepidation when I recently noticed that its sisal covering was looking a little worse for the wear.

scratching post in need of new sisal

Sam was just a kitten the first time the sisal on his post fell apart. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to replace it with something that didn’t have carpet on the top and base, because I had heard that carpet could be a kitty gateway drug to the harder stuff like area rugs and upholstery. The new post I brought into our then-apartment was met with pure, fiery disdain. It was not his post, and it had to go. I know, I know. I sound like a pushover, letting a tiny furry creature boss me around like that. But tell me, could you say no to this face?

Could you say no to this face?

Since then, I’ve re-sisal-ed his ugly carpeted post twice. Not bad for almost seven years, but they’ve both been harrowing experiences, so I was not excited to see it looking shabby once again. The DIY refurbishing process is simple, requiring only two rolls of sisal, a strong staple gun, and less than an hour’s time.

They say that a picture is worth 1,000 words, so here are 6,072 big ones documenting the very worst moments of little Sam’s summer:

But I worked hard to make it look like this.

But I worked hard to make it look like this.

Not this piece! This piece is my favorite!

Not this piece! This piece is my favorite!

Why???

(After retreating to the screen porch, because it was too much to watch.) Why?????

You will pay for this -- you and your little hand, too.

You will pay for this -- you and your little hand, too.

And then it was finished…

Oh, Scratchy! My beloved Scratchy! You've come back to me, and we shall never part again.

Oh, Scratchy! My beloved Scratchy! You've come back to me. And we shall never part again. *Sigh*

and all was right with the world.

And all was right with the world.

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5 Responses to “cat scratch fever (Or, the story of what happens when a wife dares to mess with kitty’s best friend.)”

  1. Amanda September 16, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    I love this post! I have two kitties of my own. They have their own cat house complete with FOUR scratching posts, but I’m still terrified that when my couch arrives on Monday (FINALLY AFTER 5 WEEKS!), it will become the object of much scratchifying. I’m also nervous because I leave Wednesday evening for my trip to Arizona! So new couch arrives, then two days later, I leave it in the care of two wily kitties for 5 days. SKEPTICAL, to say the least. Glad it went well for your little guy and his scratching post! I’ll have to keep that in mind if the cat house legs are looking at a little shabby!

    • me September 16, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

      Wasn’t your couch coming a couple of weeks ago when we posted about our cats and the pebble rug? What happened? I say cover it with many blankets while you’re out of town. I can’t think of a better way for kittens to get back at mommy for going away than to “play” with her new toy!

  2. Mom September 16, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    This is just the start of a book about your cats that will be published someday. I know I’ve been trying for 6 years for you to write a book about your cats, so I think this is a very good start. Yeah!

    • me September 16, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

      You’ve been trying for almost seven years, actually. :) But now you have kitties and the chipmunk, kitties and the pebble rug, and kitty and his scratching post. Three chapters down already. Sort of!

  3. "Mom from Maine" September 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

    I totally agree with “Mom”!

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