Cats & behavior: How can i keep cats off a new car?
June 19, 2007 9:01 PM Subscribe
Cats & behavior: How can i keep five cats off a new car?
posted by itheearl to pets & animals (25 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Will be getting a new car delivered this week. (Mazda 3 i touring).
I'm spending the summer with my parents because:
1. it's free
2. it's free...
Anyway, the parents live outside of town on an acreage.
They have a horse, a donkey, and two (older) outside dogs.
They also have five (5) outdoor cats.
[ To the animal lovers:
All animals are vaccinated, wormed (de-wormed?), heart-wormed, well fed, spade/neutered/gelded as appropriate, and generally very well cared for.
My younger sister would throw a fit if it wasn't this way.]
The cats like to get on top of the truck, minivan, and suv...
When it's time for the cats to get off of the vehicles, they sort of slide off.
Each foot leaves four little long scratches in the clear coat, and i recently noticed when i detailed the truck that the pads of the cats' feet seem to buff the clear coat as well when they slide off the front of the hood.
My previous vehicle was a ford explorer, and every time i washed it i would notice another new scratch from the cats -- sometimes in places that just made me scratch my head and wonder about how the hell a cat could make a scratch there?!
The cats know they arent supposed to be on the vehicles, and I figure the best way to limit damage once they are already on the vehicles is to just let them be. Scaring them off would just result in more damage.
I know that the new car will be subjected to parking lot damage, and I can live with that.
But at least most door nicks only affect a limited area and can be buffed out without too much trouble... especially on a white car.
The cats damage the entire car bit by bit, and I havent had great luck polishing out the scratches on any previous vehicle.
I'm willing to spend some money to keep the cats off the car, and i'm willing to spend up to 5 minutes setting up and/or removing some sort of cat protection every time i drive the car.
The car will be parked in a 30x40 foot shed with the truck, minivan, and suv.
While it is possible to close the shed so that the cats cannot enter, it is not always possible to convince the cats to leave if they do get in.
We usually wait to administer the nighttime cat feeding until after all vehicles are in the shed for the night, but even that doesnt always work.
I'm not willing to spray any chemicals directly on the car.
I would, however, be willing to spray them on a car cover.
I just worry that they (the cats) would get on the car cover and put their claws all they way through it... and my paint.
Or worse still, they might claw the sides of the cover.
The dogs and horse may spend the night in a lean-to that is built onto the side of the shed. I worry that anything that uses sound to repel cats might travel through a single layer of tin siding and startle the horse or the 13-year-old Labrador.
I'm open to suggestions, as long as they don't involve getting rid of the cats.