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post #1 of 27
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My cat has decided that he doesn't like skiing.

Specifically, he doesn't like when I go skiing and leave him alone.

In December I got back from a ski trip at 2 AM, dropped my stuff by the front door and went to bed. When I got up 5 hours later, there was a puddle of pee right on top of my gear bag.: Fortunately, it had not yet sunk in and I was able to blot it up and spot scrub it.

This week I went for my BRAND NEW ski bag, and discovered that it had been similarly annointed upon my return from a day trip to 7Springs. Unfortunately, this had sunk in and the entire bag smelled even after spot scrubbing. :

SOooo, I had to do my own experiment and see if High Sierra ski bags can go through the washing machine. The answer I am happy to report is YES. It survived both the washer and the drier on low and came out none the worse for wear.

The cat is fixed and I suppose I should count my blessings that he isn't a Collie with a propensity to chew instead of pee, but it still perturbs me.

Just wondering if anyone else has pets that have shown their disdain for your chosen sport in unacceptable ways?:
post #2 of 27
We experience quite the opposite - our dog absolutely loves it when we go skiing, because it means she'll be spending the day with the dog-sitter (whom she adores) and about 10-12 other crazy dogs. She gets so excited when I start packing the ski gear and loading up the car...
post #3 of 27
Hmmm... if it was my cat it would probably end up getting a turpentine enema! :
post #4 of 27
A roomate once brought home a dog that would chew anything that related to sweat and sports , chewed the hell out of a good portion of a Bognar suit of mine . Easy fix though next time he came into my room I fed him a good portion of a bottle of tobasco , plus rubbed it into his nose real good ......kinda scared to cross the doorway after that. As for cats I'm not a cat person so all their good for to me is eating mice and feeding coyotes.
post #5 of 27
I have loving kitties that hate it when I'm away. Had some of your problem but at least it wasn't done on my ski gear.

I did a Google and found this website for information on getting rid of the smell.

http://cats.about.com/cs/cleaningmes...ineremover.htm

Hope it helps.
post #6 of 27
Cats are the size they are because microwaves are the size THEY are.
post #7 of 27
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
Cats are the size they are because microwaves are the size THEY are.
Pretty much sums it up.This is a sad thread. By the way, Collies don't always chew - not Border Collies (the real McCoy from the Scottish Borders that is). But show 'em a cat ............!!
post #8 of 27
DrFrau,

This never happend to my kitty. She hates it when we go away and starts avoiding us from the moment we start packing. However, she never does any damage (even when we are away for a week or more).

In fact, when we come back she is after us like a dog and really appreciates our presence.
post #9 of 27
My white cat thinks sleeping in my open, black ski duffel...on all my black ski clothing is very amusing.
post #10 of 27
DrFrau - how long have you had cats?
And you *still* haven't learnt!

Don't worry though - when you finally do learn they simply find something else to express their dissatisfaction (This time Rufus decided that she wasn't happy to be locked out of the bedroom whilst we were away so she had a go at Colditz'ing in - she failed but there's a hell of a hole in the carpet - and yes we know it was her despite the denials!)

When we get home I like to reward our cats by giving them dog chews - at least, I tell them they're made from fresh dog and that seems to cheer them up enough to forgive us
post #11 of 27
When a dog is left alone and does something in the house (leave a deposit) you can read guilt in his actions , a cat on the otherhand defies you and dares you to find it.
post #12 of 27
DrFrau---You already know my answer !
post #13 of 27
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Uncle Louie
DrFrau---You already know my answer !
LOL! YES I do!!!:
post #14 of 27
meowmeowmeowmeowmeow
meowmeowmeowmeowmeow
meowmeowmeowmeowmeow

This is all I hear for a day or two when we go away and come home. They are all over us. They have done their job (patrolling all night to be sure things are secure, snoozing and eating like pigs all day and crapping big turds).

They have parties while we're gone, but never truly destroy anything. (There have been tooth marks in the toilet paper with the usual guilty looks and quizzical short meows that sound remarkably like Yoda when asked about it...hmmmm.)

Next time, toss the bag in a closet and spend a few minutes rubbing kitty's ears and telling her she did a good job of keeping the house secure. She'll mellow out and won't need to gain attention by whizzing on your stuff.

Uncle Louie, there will be NO CATBURGERS this week!:
post #15 of 27
It boils down to this. You own a dog, you feed a cat.
post #16 of 27
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bonni
Uncle Louie, there will be NO CATBURGERS this week!:
LOL Bonni - no you misunderstand....

Louie doesn't really own his house - he rents it from the cats!
post #17 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by DrFRAU
LOL Bonni - no you misunderstand....

Louie doesn't really own his house - he rents it from the cats!
Even worse! Paying a cat has serious consequences (do his hands smell like fresh mice?)
post #18 of 27
taste like chicken
post #19 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by DrFRAU
My cat has decided that he doesn't like skiing.

Specifically, he doesn't like when I go skiing and leave him alone.

In December I got back from a ski trip at 2 AM, dropped my stuff by the front door and went to bed. When I got up 5 hours later, there was a puddle of pee right on top of my gear bag.: Fortunately, it had not yet sunk in and I was able to blot it up and spot scrub it.

This week I went for my BRAND NEW ski bag, and discovered that it had been similarly annointed upon my return from a day trip to 7Springs. Unfortunately, this had sunk in and the entire bag smelled even after spot scrubbing. :

SOooo, I had to do my own experiment and see if High Sierra ski bags can go through the washing machine. The answer I am happy to report is YES. It survived both the washer and the drier on low and came out none the worse for wear.

The cat is fixed and I suppose I should count my blessings that he isn't a Collie with a propensity to chew instead of pee, but it still perturbs me.

Just wondering if anyone else has pets that have shown their disdain for your chosen sport in unacceptable ways?:
Just another reason not to like cats!
post #20 of 27
drop that cat off at the nearest Chinese restaurant
post #21 of 27
On occasion, if I am gone for more than a day, my cats will leave a present for me to find when I open the door to come into the house. They used to l hide from me too, but now I am greated with tons of meows too. All I have to do is say, ok, time for bed and the little nuts are running for my bedroom too. They hop onto the bed, spend a few minutes with me, wanting their neck to be rubbed and purring. Then my gray one moves to my feet and as if to warm them up for me plops herself over them for a couple minutes. My Black cat lies down next to me and pats my face.

After a couple minutes they both jump off of the bed and run out to claim their place in their chair. I have tried repeatedly to convince them that this is not their chair, but they will not have any of it, so I have put a special kitty blanket that I bought on the chair for them to lay in.

I have to say that I have had at least one occasion when they peed on my ski stuff, but that was my fault...I set it on their chair.
post #22 of 27
Our dogs love going to Whistler. Most (all?) the stores are dog friendly, the hotels we've stayed at are, too.
I take them up Blackcomb after dark and they're in heaven. Meeting other people up there after midnight is always nice, for me and the dogs.

Whistler is like ski dog Eden.
post #23 of 27
Our cats thankfully don't misbehave any more than they normally do when we're gone. However, our cat Crash has a disturbing fetish with ski socks. Dirty, smelly ski socks straight from the suitcase. He pulls them out one by one, and grips them with his paws while rubbing his face on them. He also likes to see how far he can stick his head into a freshly skied in ski boot. He's a little freak but that's why we love him.
post #24 of 27
It can have a silver lining Dr Frau!

We've just come back from visiting pet loving family in Colorado. I had been browsing the shops and seen a new jacket I certainly didn't need. That evening a conversation occurred that went like this:

Brother in Law: Who owns this green jacket down here in the hallway?
Me: That sounds like mine.
BIL: Well, it looks like it fell off the hook and the cat has peed all over it.
Me: Great. Looks like I'll have to buy that new jacket.

New jacket is DNA's 'Cat Lady'. Thanks Bill the cat.
post #25 of 27
My wife and I have three cats which we consider our family members. We have had to deal with them getting into things as well. I am not sure if you have heard about this or not, but cats HATE citrus; especially oranges. If you have an orange handy, a few fresh orange peels in or around your bag should do the trick and keep them away from your gear.
post #26 of 27
We have 2 cats and 2 dogs, the cats don't seem to care when we leave or when we come home- as long as there is food. The dogs on the other hand, can't stand it when we leave. Our first time out this year, we left the blinds closed on the front windows, when we returned that evening, the blinds were demolished! I guess the dogs always expect to go with us because we camp all summer and the dogs love to camp!

Anyway- lesson learned, we keep them away from the windows with barriers, like chairs etc. They seem to have settled down a bit, and enjoy their Saturdays on the couch!
post #27 of 27
If we go away for more than about 10 hours, our dog likes to go into our bathroom and remove any tissue from the trash can and leave shreadded tissue balls on the floor. That's how he shows us that he's mad at us. If we close the bathroom door, no damage to spent tissue is done.
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