- 5 years ago
- Wedding: February 2012
My family is relocating this summer to a new state. My mom is getting married and will be moving in with her new husband. My husband and I are going with her because we have wanted to change communities for awhile and the one where she happens to be moving really works for us for now. When my husband and I got married we couldn’t take my cat with us because our landlord was a bit of a [you-know-what] about it. The previous renter had a cat, and she was going to make us put down insane amounts of money just to bring the cat with us. So we just kept the cat at my mom’s, who lives 5 minutes away. Well now that my mom is moving in with her soon-to-be husband, we are taking the cat into our new apartment. I know that I am planning on taking care of her with a much more involved hand – like getting her nails regularly trimmed! (By the way, how often would you recommend taking her? I can’t do it myself – she gets out of control.)
Now here’s my dilemma… We are taking my mom’s living room couches to use. The cat already sleeps all over them, has scratched up the arms quite a bit (I’m gonna clean it up a little)… I really don’t care so much about that because they are huge, comfy couches and they aren’t our forever furniture. The fact is, the couches are already to the cat, if you know what I mean. The only other fabric furniture we have is our dining room chairs. These are definitely not our forever chair (we have a gorgeous, vintage dining set but it came without chairs – the wood bottom of these chairs is not an exact match for the wood of the table so we will be upgrading sometime in the future). We will be replacing them, of that I am 100% certain. But I also really like having guests over, and I don’t want them having to sit all over her cat hair and on a scratched up chair. I just don’t know how to prevent this besides covering the chairs in super ugly 1970s style plastic.. My mom also has fabric dining chairs (but from the 1980s) and the cat rarely scratches them (she does a little bit), but she does sleep on them all the time. I can’t control where she sleeps when I’m not home, and I know she will end up gravitating toward those dining room chairs. Now, I am planning on getting her a scratching post and keeping her nails trimmed – two things my mom sort of just let fall by the wayside. I hope that will help, but she’s really picky about what she’ll scratch on. She actually won’t take to every scratching post – only specific ones. But I still can’t have a giant mess of dining room chairs, even if it is just cat hair and somehow she miraculously decides not to scratch them to death. What should I do in this situation?