Covering For Kitty Condo

Hi,
I am building a kitty condo for my daughter's cats. I had planned on using carpet remnants for the horizontal surfaces and microfiber everywhere else. (The carpet remnants on hand are stiff so microfiber would be much easier to work with.) However, she wants carpet everywhere in hope the little darlings will sharpen their claws on the condo rather than the couch. Is there a special type of carpet used for kitty condos? Where would I get some?
Thanks, Gary
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you just want to use a very short nap or even a berber remnant. add a vertical piece with 1/4" sisal rope wrap. microfiber won't last.
i use http://softpaws.com on my cats (i volunteer at an animal rescue, and am not affiliated with this company). you can get them on ebay cheaper than directly from this site.
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I built a scratching post once, and used a carpet that was made with loops of fabric. The cats didn't take to it, as they wanted to scratch, not climb. Right now, they've got cardboard turned on end to scratch on.
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abby wrote:

Short answer: any carpet will do. And hemp rope that doesn't smell like petroleum. And real bark from real tree branches/logs.
Long answer: We have our own cats, plus we've fostered close to 70 in the past decade. One thing I've learned is that figuring out cats is about as easy as figuring out women. :-) It's hard to figure out what they like and don't like, and when you do, they change their mind. They will ignore a kitty condo for months at a time (cats, not women), then turn around and make it their home for a few months... just about the time you think about to moving it to the attic.
Most of the time, "sharpening" their claws on furniture has more to do with marking territory than sharpening (removing the sheathing and older, shedding claws, to reveal the new claws growing underneath). Just like the glands in their cheeks, cats secrete scents from their paws that tell other cats, "Hey, this is mine." You can google a million suggestions for stopping the behavior, but I'll say what has worked for us.
Positive reinforcement: -- putting down those cardboard scratching pads with the catnip inside, right next to where they are currently scratching. In our experience, EVERY cat on planet earth loves these things and prefer them to furniture. When they get used to using the pads, you can move then elsewhere in the house and the cat will seek them out.
Negative reinforcement: -- squirt with water when they attempt it. Use a water bottle with the adjustable nozzle to "sniper" them with water when they start to do it. It doesn't hurt them, but they *really* don't like it and it tells them that scratching there makes them very uncomfortable. -- tin foil on the floor under where they are currently scratching. They *do not* like the feel of tin foil under their feet. It's fun to watch, really. :-)
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Great info here, we used rope for the verticals. I doubt I would use microfiber for anything
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parts that they scratch on..
I've built a few (we have 5 cats) and used sisal rope from good ol' Harbor freight to wrap the vertical surfaces.. We wrapped it tight and fastened the ends, so that the cats claws didn't hit staples, nails, etc..
Our most successful method of stopping furniture scratching is a combination of plastic plant mister bottles and positive reinforcement.. Cat scratches the wrong thing.. Say NO sharply and spray a bit of water at them, then put them on the scratching post with some petting and soft words.. YMVW
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