In a little sitting area in my kitchen, I have two hideous, threadbare chairs that my family and friends often plunk down and relax in. The chairs are comfortable but ugly recliners with drab, old-fashioned fabric that is worn thin. Worse, along the sides and backs of the chairs, the fabric has been shredded by my two cats, and yellow stuffing pops out. I have patched the chairs excessively; one chair has 23 iron-on patches and the other has 12. There is no subtlety about the attempt to cover the tears; the patches, although neutral in color, scream out. I hope the look is homey, maybe even quilt-like, but more likely, the look is impoverished. I am thoroughly embarrassed by this furniture. Why don’t I get new chairs?
The cats. I would love to replace the chairs, but at the moment, there is no point. The cats would destroy my new furniture as they have done to the old.
Of course, I have tried to get the cats to stop the habit of clawing furniture. I have set up three scratching posts, which they seldom use. I have tried spraying the cats with water to deter them. I have clapped and shouted “No!” to startle them. I have tried double sided tape because the cats don’t like the sticky texture, but one of my cats kept peeling and eating the tape. Nothing has worked.
I am resigned. My lovable cats will keep clawing, and I will keep patching these ugly chairs. So it goes as a pet owner.