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Old 04-15-16, 03:35 PM
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NOT My Tires!

Not sure where to put this but...

I have two things in my apartment. Cats and Bicycles.

The problem is, that my cats love to claw my bicycle tires. Like they
are scratching posts. They do it constantly and I am concerned that
they will destroy the tires and inner tubes.

Has anyone else ever experienced this? Asking my cats kindly to
cease and desist has yet to work. Reasoning with cats, like trying to herd
them, is quite difficult.

Any suggestions for any solutions?

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Put some pepper on the tires.
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Old 04-15-16, 03:40 PM
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Why not hang your bikes on something like this? I'm sure there's one the cats can't climb.
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Old 04-15-16, 03:47 PM
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Have you tried a scratch post? I made one from some left over stuff in the basement and some sisal rope from the hardware store. The cats use the post and haven't used the furniture to sharpen their claws in a long time.
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It's a fairly common problem. One of my customers has a cat who loves to climb up the tires of the display bikes and perch draped over the top of the front wheel as if it were a tree branch.

The only thing that helped was to improvise handlebar hooks to hold the floor level bikes with the front wheel off the ground so the wheel could spin. That frustrated the cat, who found other ways to cause mayhem, but went right back to he tire later when the dealer thought it was safe to stop using the hook.
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dump the cats and get a proper pet such as a dog
many of my friends have more than 1 cat .... drink a cup of tea there or go there for a meal and you end up eating a fistfull of cat hair
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You could move it to the garage but then the rats will eat your saddles.
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BTW - most cats hate citrus and banana oils. Save old rinds in a net bag and tie it to the bars so it hangs near the front tire. It's pretty effective as a deterrent, but you have yo keep eating citrus and bananas to have the raw material to keep the repellent fresh.
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Squirt gun with a little lemon juice in the water. Cats are smart, but the trick is to make them understand that you are squirting them because of something THEY are doing. Mostly, when you try to teach a cat something, they don't understand that you are trying to modify their behavior--- they just think you're being an a**hole.
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Put bikes in spare bedroom and close the door.

Or, put cats in spare bedroom and close the door.
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
You could move it to the garage but then the rats will eat your saddles.
Move the cats to the garage to eat the rats. Win, win.
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Old 04-15-16, 08:08 PM
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Why not just get them a real scratching post?
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Get them a scratch post made of old tires!
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I had a cat that chewed the spokes. Had to move the bike to the shed. I don't know whether I thought the cat or the spokes were going to be damaged.
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Ğet double sided scotch tape. Put on the tires when not in use. Cats hate that stuff. Also aluminium foil will do the same thing.
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The solution here is so obvious that I hesitate to say it, but it doesn't involve getting rid of the bikes.
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I was a little worried about my one clawful cat clawing my tires (the other two were adopted pre-declawed), but that's one of the few things she's left more or less alone. Sometimes she'll use the designated scratching posts and pads, but she prefers two particular pieces of furniture, and one bit of clothing:
  • -A sofa upholstered in some incredibly tough fabric that has withstood many cats over two decades. No idea what the fabric is made from but I suspect Kal-El's planet was involved.
  • -A combo footstool/storage box covered in some pretty durable velvety fabric.
  • -My 10-year-old Montrail hiking shoes. Those are her favorites.


Apparently clawing is a form of marking territory. That includes you, if you're the furmonster's favorite human. I adopted my clawful cat from a dumpster when she was barely weaned, but well cared for and not yet feral. I didn't intend to keep her but she latched onto me like a tick, so I kept her. I don't know whether she's mine, but she's convinced I'm hers. She declares her possessions by clawing my shoes. So I let her. They're old, very durable and she can't do any more harm than I'd already done. Seems to satisfy her urges to declare me and my stuff as her property.

So if your cat seems inclined to shred your shoes (cats love our stinky stuff, like shoes and underwear), you might consider devoting an old pair of shoes to the furmonster. Wear 'em occasionally, stuff some dirty socks inside, tuck 'em under the foot of the bed or next to the bike, and see if the cat will take the bait. Maybe it'll leave your tires alone.

But my tires are so tough even broken glass doesn't bother 'em. Heavy, but puncture proof and really durable. Possibly even cat-proof. But not Beatle-proof. Nothing is Beatle-proof.
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^^^ "Beatle proof" LOL I thought "Huh! Whats John, Paul, George and Ringo" got to do with cats!"
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Get them a scratch post made of old tires!
For the win!
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Tape loops have always worked for me. Make some tape loops and stick them on your tires. They will stick to the cats paws and they will hate that and stop messing with your tires. It'll take a few days but it is worth it. There is also a product called "Scat Mat" on Amazon.com. It is a plastic mat that has thin wires through it. When it detects the cat on it, it will zap it. Kind like static electricity shock. I believe they sell a really long one, or you can just buy two short ones for each tire.
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Um - get your cats front declawed?
We've got two indoor cats, front declawed, that lived with 4 bikes inside a small apartment. They never took an interest in the bike anyway but if they did it wouldn't have been an issue.
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Um - get your cats front declawed?
+1

Even if you made the bikes less attractive (or unavailable) to the cats.... the cats would still have a clawing problem. Fix the cats...fix the problem.

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Declawing is not as harmless as we may think and should at least be an informed decision. I won't do it but I pay the price on their favorite door jamb and some skin now and again. A scratching post and some persistence will probably do it but I like the citrus oil idea, if it works.
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Declawing can be done without residual pain or disability by a skilled veterinary surgeon. Our two older adopted cats were declawed by the same vet we've used for decades. They healed quickly with no lingering pain or disability. Both cats walk normally and still sharpen their clawless toe-pads furiously on scratching posts and pads and everything else -- they prefer corrugated cardboard and the edges of plastic bins, for some reason. If there was any lingering pain or tenderness they'd avoid such intense toe-sharpening.

The only reason our third cat hasn't been declawed is because our vet won't do multiple procedures during the same session, so he won't neuter and declaw during the same surgical session. He believes it's too risky for pets to be anesthetized longer than absolutely necessary. And he insists on keeping pets for at least 24 hours and preferably 48 after surgery, because he has trained assistants to keep an eye on them and watch for complications. He's probably right. The one cat I had neutered and declawed by another, cheaper vet, never woke up from the anesthesia and died within a day. I'd rather spend more for the better vet.

This same vet also prefers not to use those injectable pet ID chips under the skin because he says it's painful and there isn't enough standardization in the industry to make it worth the expense, pain and risk of infection. That surprised me because it seems like a quick and easy moneymaker for vets, but he usually persuades pet owners against it until the ID chip industry is standardized and universally readable.

Usually I adopt only declawed cats, or have the declawed later, because I'm extremely prone to cellulitis from cat scratches and bites. I've had at least three fairly serious bouts of cellulitis from fairly minor scratches and bites over the decades. No idea why I still keep cats, but for some reason friends, family members and cats think I like cats, so I keep adopting rejects and strays.
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