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Cats and rat fur

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by whatever4, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. whatever4


    Dec 12, 2012
    I was thinking of leaving my amp at the guitarist's house, where we practice, so I wouldn't have to schlep it around. But my speaker cab is covered in rat fur, and the guitarist has a cat that might think the cab is a carpet-covered scratching post. Has anyone had any experience with carpet-covered cabs in homes with cats?
  2. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Eastwood Guitars, CHC Guitars, GHS strings
  3. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    yes bad idea cats are compelled to f with it it's cat law 90 something so annoying. They will wake up in the middle of hte night just to f with it. I have proof. caught on camera.
  4. FourNotFive


    Dec 30, 2011
    Yes. My cat once ripped a 6" hole in the rat fur of brand new Eden cab within 24 hours.

    I have had rat fur cabs that he didn't tear up and there are two cats at our practice spce that don't tear up the guitarists' rat fur. But I now live in a rat fur free home.

    Your options:
    1. Schlep it back and forth
    2. Get a cover for it
    3. Take your chances
  5. tekhedd

    tekhedd Tone chaser Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2009
    Colorado, USA
    Owner/operator of BYTE HEAVEN
    Try bitter apple spray, it helps but you have to regularly reapply it.

    Some cats don't, but most do. It's built-in. Mine keeps trying to destroy the Bergantino 322 (anybody want to buy a somewhat frizzy Berg 322?)

    If you have a cat, you accept scratching as part of the deal. Or you declaw your cats, but this is like cutting off someone's fingers to stop them playing folk music--effective, er, and. And, now that I think about it, a very poor analogy, as I can't think of a reason that it would not be appropriate in this specific example. But it's cruel to do it to cats, anyway.
  6. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Throw a very large heavy towel over the cab. Problem solved and cats happy.
  7. Please forgive my ignorance, but do they really use real rat fur to cover cabs? Or is that just called rat fur because, maybe, it looks and feels like rat fur?
  8. AdamR

    AdamR Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    Endorsing Artist: VF Cables, Dirtbag Clothing
    Buy a cover for the cab
  9. experimental bassist

    experimental bassist

    Mar 15, 2009
    Cover it!

    Even if it's just with an old sheet or something.

    Cat hair + Rat Fur = Big Mess.
  10. will33


    May 22, 2006
    I like my cats enjoying my ratfur covered gear, if someone else doesn't like it....up theirs.

    Some things (like living, breathing things), are more important than other things (like carpet-covered inanimate objects). If somebody fails to see that, I feel sorry for them....and whoever has the displeasure of living with them.:meh:

    That said, I do vacuum off my stuff for more "classy" type gigs, even though their $#!+ stinks too.
  11. will33


    May 22, 2006
    Also, check out a product called "Natures Miracle". Also another one called "Odoban". We use them on rental units to kill smells between tenants.
  12. wave rider

    wave rider

    Jan 5, 2005
    Manufacturers started with black carpeting which picked up the nick-name rat fur. There are a few other colors available now, it made for a sturdy covering.

    I think rat fur fell out of favor because it would smell like cigarettes after playing in some establishments. With more no smoking venues, it has become less of an issue.

  13. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    If you can gather up enough cats, you can probably make a fairly decent covering for your cabs.
    It might even deter some of the others from clawing too much...;)
  14. tleebassist11

    tleebassist11 Taylor Lee Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2011
    Endorsing: Fodera, DR Strings
    My cats purpose in life is to scratch the living heck out of my Epifani cabs. I just let em.... No use in tryin to stop them lol!
  15. blowinblue

    blowinblue Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2006
    SoCal USA
    Actually, it's made from the fur of mice. But since mice are cute and rats are less so, it has become more acceptable to call it rat fur. Now you know.

    M. M. ;)
  16. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    I thought they only did that stuff if they knew you were watching...:)

    Seriously, a washable cover is about the only effective defense.
    We have 3 cats, and they WILL sleep on top of the cab, but at least you can fairly easily remove the fur from the cover and they don't seem to care for scratching it when covered.
  17. Ukiah Bass

    Ukiah Bass Supporting Member

    May 10, 2006
    It's a losing battle. I declared my cats victors and now own cabs coated in Duratex. No more rat fur for me! (Or them!)
  18. will33


    May 22, 2006
    Rats are plentiful any place you find large concentrations of people and thus, our garbage. Being the opportunists we are, upon realizing we could not exterminate every last rat, we found ways to capitalize on them....hence, ratfur.
  19. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Ha! Are you kidding? :eyebrow:

    My advice: Don't do it unless a) you keep the cover on the cab at all times when it's not in use; b) you can trust the guitarist's judgement when/if he promises you that the cat cannot get into the room during non-rehearsal times.

    Otherwise, prepare yourself for the rat fur to get shredded! :eek: