Post # 1
We have been talking about adopting a cat into our home for a long time now, and we were at a pet store today and saw the most adorable cat (from the humane society). We took him out, and he just started purring from the moment I held him to the moment we put him back in the cage (we couldn’t adopt then because the store was closing soon).
Now, the only thing my FI is worried about is that the cat will scratch our floors and ruin the house. Growing up with a cat, and with hardwood floors, I can’t seem to remember this happening. Granted, our cat did scratch up the leather couch we had and pooped in my dad’s shoes (when he was mad).
To all of you who have cats, and who have hardwood floors and care about your homes, please give me your assessment of the situation? Did your cats ruin your home? Or was it the best thing ever to welcome a new family member into the house?
Post # 3
Cats don’t scratch floors. A big dog, yes but cats no, they don’t walk around with their claws out. Here are a few reasons –
Post # 4
Enough said, right?
Haha but seriously… I have a pretty wild and rambunctious little guy who hasn’t outgrown the kitten stage yet, and he hasn’t ruined anything. Cats also don’t keep their claws out – they are kind of retracted into their soft little furry paws and don’t walk around clicking on the floor. When I trim Luke’s claws I have to squeeze his fingers a little bit to get the claws to extend out so I can cut them. So your fiancé doesn’t need to worry about that 🙂
Good luck convincing him, cats are amazing!
Post # 5
I agree, hardwood floors shouldn’t be a problem.
Give your cat(s) plenty of approved scratching surfaces – poles, pads, whatever. Just have a few options handy. Keep a spray bottle of water handy and spray them if you catch them trying to scratch your furniture.
You can also get tiny covers for their claws (called Soft Paws) but I’ve never tried them.
DH and I have both been a lot happier since we adopted our kitties – they bring us so much joy and make us laugh every day. Hope you get your kitty!
Post # 6
I agree with the PPs, I have two cats and a dog, and there was absolutely no floor damage until the dog showed up. I suggest you pick a friend with adorable kitties, and pay their home a visit. Every self-admitted non-cat-person that has ever walked into my house has fallen in love with my cats and told me how surprised they were about how much they liked the furbabies. And honestly, they’re so soft, loving, and amusing that the capacity they have to do damage in negligible by comparison. When they scratch your furniture, they’re really just asking for you to give them something better to scratch at, like cat scratchers made specifically for that type of thing.
ETA: even my FI was a strictly no-pets person when he moved in with me and the kitties, and now he looooooves those cats. In his mind cats became the ideal pet after he had a chance to live with them. And he’s allergic! So that says a lot….
Post # 7
Being honest, we have 3 cats (all with their claws) and yes, there has been a bit of damage to our hardwood but ONLY at the foot of the stairs (from where they run down the stairs play chasing each other and then try to skid around the corner) and only because the finish of our hardwood is old and needs to be re-done and is coming off in all sorts of places from simple wear and tear that has nothing to do with the cats.
Even if they did ruin the floors, our cats are like family and they are worth so much more than floors. Sort of like expecting that children will also have an impact on your home, so to with pets.
As for furniture, our cats don’t scratch anything and they have a cat scratch pad that they use and love to get their scratchy needs met!
Post # 8
You can get claw covers for your cat. And you can’t convince a guy a cat is awesome just by talking about one or showing him pictures, he has to actually EXPERIENCE the cat. My guy was a HUGE dog only fella, but we now have 2 cats and he treats them like his babies!
Tell him to trust you and once that kitty curls up with him and starts purring (its scientifically proven to lower blood pressure and release oxytocin) he will be a happy man.
Post # 9
We don’t have hardwood floors, but our girl Penelope hasn’t ruined our apartment at all. (except for all the cat hair of course). She has made our life so much better!
Plus – Kitties are always willing to help you get your work done … 🙂
Post # 10
Cats do not damage hardwood floors at all; sometimes they do scratch carpet…and furniture. But there are humane things you can do (keep their claws clipped, use soft paws claw caps, put double-sided tape on furniture for a bit).
I love my cats; I will always have cats. They have gotten me through the worst of the worst and best of the best in my life.
Post # 11
Neither of my cats put any scratches on our hardwood and my one cat rips through the house like a bat outta hell every night skidding at every corner.
cats are amazing company, especially when you’re sick, they know it and always cuddle and make you feel better. We just put my one cat down and when my other one reaches her time, I will be at such a loss!
Post # 12
Just chiming in – we have two cats, and have never had damage to our hardwoods. We also keescare arching posts and don’t have a lot of problems with the furniture. Loki used to scratch, but we followed lots of similar tips, and he’s pretty well broken of that habit.
I wish I had a picture of my fur-babies, but I’m on my iPad!
Post # 13
I have hardwood floors and my cat could care less about those. She’s far more interested in the rug thats on the hardwood floors. She’s never destroyed anything, or even scratched up my furniture. I have 2 scratching posts for her- one in the living room and one in the bedroom, which I think helps.
Post # 14
Cats purring is like nature’s antidepressant.
Post # 15
@SnurfMurph86: I have to agree with this. The most disappointing thing about getting a dog was realizing that she doesn’t start to purr just because you happened to look at her affectionately. In fact, I’ve had no luck getting the dog to purr at all, and I’ve been trying pretty hard. It’s a tiny little cat gesture that goes such a long way toward happiness.
Post # 16
I don’t know how to convince him except by having an awesomeone. I had a cat when FH and I moved in together, and his word on the subject were, “I don’t like cats… but I like her.” So… it’ll probably have to be HIS individual cat that he likes, I guess.