Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Cats on cars

In the last two days, I've gotten feedback from several caregivers about complaints relating to cats scratching cars. The new twist though is that two of these complainants mentioned that they did not want FUR on their cars even. We have an article from a paint technologist about how it is virtually impossible for a cat to scratch the paintwork unless the car has bad paintwork done on it in the first place. Another article was just sent to me - it's interesting that this woman gave her car away, and then found out it was not due to her cat :-

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Does anyone have any friends in the automotive industry who can give us some definitive answers on this? I can't seem to find much on the Internet.

15 Comments:

Blogger Shaz said...

To me, that is just plain selfish and silly to assume that a mere humble cat can damage a hardy metallic surface like a car bonnet by scratching it. =(

If that's the case, we should be keeping our cars away from everything, inclusive of humans, keys, trees, birds, etc. LOL

At the end of the day, I seriously doubt a cat can scratch a car (it's a totally different thing when it comes to furniture! :S) otherwise we'd see lots of cats that can fly in the air scratching deep long scratches very similar to the ones you get from bad driving on the side or bumper of cars. ;)

18/7/06 12:11 PM  
Blogger Mezzo said...

It occurred to me that held at the right angle, a key could imitate the parallel scratches of a cat.

18/7/06 12:43 PM  
Anonymous elaine said...

I'll try to help you find using the universities' online journal... dunno whether can find such interesting things or not. :) I tried searching for it online too, using www.dogpile.com (where most search engines r compiled together), but to no avail. Let u knw soon!

18/7/06 12:53 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Mezzo it absolutely can. One man claimed that the cat scratched his car but when we went down, the scratches were horizontal on his car door. Short of the cat bending over and scratching the door, there is no way it could have been done by a cat. Another man had six parallel scratches on his car - I pointed out that a cat only had 5 claws, so short of it using one paw and one claw from another paw, I don't think it was the cat.

Shaz - good point - there are lots of other reasons that can spoil the car. Especially if you tend to drive an expensive car, I think you're much more likely to have a person scratch it.

I've never had my car scratched by a cat (though they do leave cute little footprints). I have had a key scratched into the side and I'm pretty sure it wasn't done by a cat.

Thank you Elaine!

18/7/06 12:55 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Mezzo it absolutely can. One man claimed that the cat scratched his car but when we went down, the scratches were horizontal on his car door. Short of the cat bending over and scratching the door, there is no way it could have been done by a cat. Another man had six parallel scratches on his car - I pointed out that a cat only had 5 claws, so short of it using one paw and one claw from another paw, I don't think it was the cat.

Shaz - good point - there are lots of other reasons that can spoil the car. Especially if you tend to drive an expensive car, I think you're much more likely to have a person scratch it.

I've never had my car scratched by a cat (though they do leave cute little footprints). I have had a key scratched into the side and I'm pretty sure it wasn't done by a cat.

18/7/06 12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, Dawn, there ARE polydactyl cats out there with extra digits, so six clawed cats do exist! LOL!

Hwr, i think anyone who has kept cats before will know that a cat doesn't scratch a surface unless it has a satisfying amount of resistence for the claws to catch on to. I have plenty of wooden furniture at home which my cats have absolutely no interest in cos they (the furniture) are smoothly finished and varnished. The bodywork of a car is sleek and smooth as well, so i'm not convinced that cats will have any interest in scratching them. The tyres may be a different story, cos there are ridges in them. But then again I don't think a cat's claws can damage anything as hardy as a car tyre.

What I'm trying to say is i think the poor cats are being made scapegoats again in this instance, just as they are for any type of poo or waste in the void deck...

18/7/06 1:17 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

You're right - and I stand corrected. What I should have said is that if the guy had his car scratched by a cat with six claws, he should be hawking his story to the media because they're pretty rare :)

18/7/06 1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cats don't scratch cars but they sometimes will scratch the tyres. The paint on the car is too smooth and slippery and they don't like it. They prefer something rough and hard, like rubber, tree trunks or wood. Cats will scratch furniture but if you get them a scratching board or scratching post, you must show them how to use it. They learn very fast. It's instinct.

The scratches on his car could be due to some naughty boys, who want to have some fun..

18/7/06 4:17 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

Cats and Car-Paint

18/7/06 7:09 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

The blame is circumstantial. Seeing a cat on the car and then noticing the scratches on the surface for the first time will make owner's blood boil and the blame immediately falls on "that damn cat". A cat cannot defend itself by replying "You stupid human, the scratches were there for donkey years leow!"
We are "conditioned" to grow up with so much attachment to non-living objects like a car that we will not allow ANY thing, including a living cat, destroys our "happiness".

18/7/06 7:14 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

thanks Vegancat - that's the link you sent me earlier and I send that out quite often too.

18/7/06 9:57 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

I was thinking about how low Singapore scores in the scale of countries that are "happy".
I think we are pursuing the "wrong" things in life with such fervour that the mean in the pursuit is an end by itself. We are so burnt out with discontentment that we are just bubbles of anger. And defenceless cats become targets of our frustration.
At the end of the day, the reason for the care of the community cats is not to make them live forever. The reason for doing so is to learn an invaluable lesson of kindness and compassion. The cats will die but it matters whether they die from our cruelty or they die naturally.

18/7/06 10:45 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

That's a very good point Vegancat - one of the complainants just wrote in again to say that he saw two cats fight on a car and after that he saw scratches. Of course he immediately assumed it must be from the cat fight. Also, the cats leave fur on his car which also upsets him.

19/7/06 2:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

singaporeans are really a spoiled, intolerant bunch. everythg has to be just so or we can't take it. and when thgs do go wrong, instead of focussing our efforts on solving the problem, our first instinct seems to be to point fingers and apportion blame. and we stagnate at that stage. to me, this is pointless, counter productive, tiring and, let's face it, plain ugly.

so there's fur on the car. is this really something to get upset about? what's so difficult about brushing it off? if there are scratches, so what? it's part of wear and tear of a vehicle.

in other places, where life is more precarious, either due to economic hardship or climatic uncertainty, people have a more robust and realistic perception of life. if hardship strikes(and i mean real hardship - fur on the car bonnet doesn't count) they dig in, try to solve the problem or live with it, and generally just get on with life. surprisingly (or perhaps not) these people score way higher than we do on the happiness scale, even though all thgs being equal, we have so much more going for us in singapore.

i know i am completely off topic here but i feel this attitude is squarely behind many so-called cat related issues in singapore. people kicking up a fuss and finding fault with cats for doing little more than living side by side with them.

19/7/06 10:18 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Well said Anonymous!

19/7/06 10:21 AM  

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