2011-04-04

Cat 1, Alex 2. Your move, kitty.

Many a convertible owner will know how their car's ragtops attract neighbourhood felines. Mine is not an exception. For quite a while, every morning, I have been noticing cat paw prints going from the trunk lid of my car, up the rear window, to the roof, and finally descending down the windshield and the hood.

Though I was not overjoyed at that, I did not mind the paw prints much, particularly considering that I haven't washed the car during the rainy months, i.e. since December. No harm, no foul.

Recently, however, the cat decided that in addition to the nightly walkthrough, it wanted to spend more time on the roof of my car, and over the course of last week it has left a nest of hair about 50 cm in diameter smack in the middle of the canvas top.

That I could no longer tolerate. The hair would spread over the canvas, and when you dropped the top, the hair would also get into the places where it had no business going.

I washed the car, spent some time and effort cleaning off the cat hair, and once the car has dripped and dried enough, I covered it with a full-car cover.

That alone would be sufficient to keep the hair off the car. But I wanted to go one step further, and teach the cat to stay off the car altogether. How should I go about that?

Not having ready access to motion-triggered alarms, trip wires, or bear traps, I chose chemical warfare and sprayed the car cover with cucumber-scented bio-degradable all-purpose cleaner.

Take that you hairy trespasser! And know this: Should this not deter you enough, I am ready to escalate to Febreze Extra Strength.