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You're going in the right direction, with your efforts to make the couch unappealing, and provide scratchers as alternatives. You just need to experiment a bit more to discover the right combination of things to discourage it from the couch and encourage it to the scratchers. Since the blankets aren't working, try a different method to discourage the cat. ...


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I totally understand your frustration. Cats are very independent, complex creatures. I imagine your cat is very happy, you’re providing it everything I would suggest and then some. Seriously, give yourself some kudos for that. I have a few thoughts that may help: Firstly, cat ownership does require a certain level of “letting go”. When I got my cat, I was ...


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This answer is part of Pet's Spring Cleaning Campaign. This question is old, but this answer will still help people with the same problem. Hypoallergenic dogs: You're looking for a hypoallergenic dog. A hypoallergenic dog means this: A hypoallergenic dog breed is a dog breed that is purportedly more compatible with allergic people than are other breeds. (...


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How damaged is your couch now? If it needs a re-cover then cut the old cladding off, and fit that fabric to your existing cat scratch posts. Choose some significantly different fabric to reclad the rear/sides/front of your couch and keep the couch elsewhere like a garage while doing the work. This will give the cat time with the couch-fabric covered ...


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Make very sure the cat has a legal scratcher they know how to scratch. Every cat knows how to scratch a rope wrapped pole as long as the pole is as high as the cat standing; some cats can do with less but not too willingly. The cat must scratch regularly and the only question is what to scratch. Reward the cat for "correct scratching" every time ...


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I have never had an external filter like this and I have never experienced such a buildup in the filter - I have always been using internal, fully submerged filters - but based on your photo and description of the material being slimy I would say it is a bacterial biofilm that is attached to the precipitated limescale underneath. I do not think it is a ...


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It is fecal material and decomposing plant material. That is why replacement filter elements are available. I use polyester fiberfill padding sold to make quilts; I cut it in rectangles to fit my filters and replace it as needed. I also use the garden hose to flush permanent type filters. The mud material also collects in certain locations in my pond; I ...


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What is you tapwater pH, and carbonate hardness (KH)? Without knowing this it can be hard to give advice. If your tapwater pH is high every water change will pull the tank value upwards. Adding to the answer on naturally pH-reducing elements, I can also add Alder cones, which can lower the pH and will also stain the water. I recently did a test where 8 alder ...


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