Cat scratch rat fur problems... Any easy fixes?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by OddfellowsBass, May 25, 2019.

  1. OddfellowsBass


    May 25, 2019
    My cat turned my new cab into an afro overnight! She scratched up all corners real good. It's a cheap Seismic 3x10, but I think it sounds really good for the price. They cut corners on construction (cheap rat fur, particle board I think). So, it's definitely not worthy of stripping and refinishing with bedliner after I looked up other threads on that topic. I'm wondering if there's some other easy and cheap option that will make it look a little better. My thoughts were shaving it with an electric hair trimmer or possibly taking the hardware off and putting tons of paint on it to mat it down. I have a bunch of different house paints laying around. I know it wouldn't stick well, but if I just put some thick coats on.... maybe????
  2. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Painting it will add weight and be a mess. I think the trimmer is your best bet.
  3. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    I'd get one of these...


    ... and put his bed and chew toys right next to your amp, once remedied.
  4. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    And of course, welcome to TB!
  5. Gen. Tsos Cat.........Cat Lo Mein........Cat Foo Young. ;)
  6. Yup.

    Assuming cat is off the menu, you need a scratching post. Also a cover for the cab so cat doesn't think you are a big meanie for taking away its favourite new toy, or else you could suffocate in your sleep mysteriously.
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  7. tr4252


    May 27, 2013

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  8. Trimmer will work. They make ones specifically for this, well for 'sweater pills', but careful work with a hair one will work too
  9. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    I've done the trimmer thing. Very sharp scissors will work too.
  10. Esteban Garcia

    Esteban Garcia bassist, arranger, aelurophile, ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥੀ Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2018
    Portland, OR
    I trimmed mine up with scissors, then used a sharpie on the exposed particle board before selling it in favor of a tolex-covered plywood cab. :)
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  11. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    Yep... BL has a cat, and the cover goes on after every rehearsal. The amp exterior still attracts the hair, but that can be easily vacuumed.
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  12. Wasnex


    Dec 25, 2011
    Substituting something the cat likes better before a habit is formed can work.

    My cat started using one of my recliners. I already had a scratching post, but the cat had freaked himself out and was afraid of it. He had come running and jumped on the top of the scratching post, and it fell over on top of him. I had started laying it on it's side and had started training him to use it again. When I saw him go for the chair, I would gently pick him up and place him on the scratching post and work his paws up and down. He eventually got the idea.

    Later I bought a Purrfect Post and carboard angle scratcher from this company. How to Choose the Best Cat Scratching Post |

    The original scratching post was just carpet. Purrfect Post uses a material that cats like a bit more than carpet. The cardboard angle scratcher was a bust at first. Every once in awhile I would pick up the cat and put him on the cardboard angle scratcher and work his paws up and down and eventually he got the idea but it took a couple of months. Ultimately I think he came to like the cardboard scratcher best. He would come running and jump up in the air, landing in the middle of the scratcher; then bits of card board would go flying. Next he would run off, and come back and repeat.

    I think if you can establish a good habit it goes a long way, but cats can be a bit psychopathic as well, so if you do something that upsets them, the may intentionally destroy something to get even.
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  13. Pork_Chop


    May 11, 2012
    Boulder, CO USA
    Or, one of these. FB_IMG_1529969824978.jpg
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  14. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    That, is one cool dog. Check the pool... and Made in USA, too!
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  15. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    That dog might eat the cab.

    And the cat.
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  16. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016

    You try listening to the 'Ishtar' soundtrack, more than once in a 24 hour period...
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  17. five7

    five7 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2009
    Let it be, cat will only do it again. Play it and enjoy it, man!
  18. Tnavis


    Feb 25, 2003
    Minneapolis, MN
    Foz beat me to it, the "pill shaver" is the way to go. You can also use a hair/beard trimmer. I've just accepted at this point that my cabs are going to get scuffed and beaten up from load in/load out, and so some cat scratching isn't the end of the world.
  19. 4001

    4001 Inactive

    Sep 29, 2004
    Lake County, IL
    Didn't Ted Nugent write that one...?
    Cat Scratch Rat Fur ??
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