In just a few short days a lovely new grey sofa will be delivered to my home. When I made the purchase the saleswoman could not stress enough that kitty claw marks, fabric pulls and the like would not be covered by their special "Stain Warranty." Good thing my cats seem to be more enthralled with my latest street find: beautiful bark.
I picked up a few fair sizes pieces of the stuff when some neighbors were trimming their pair of stunning but unhealthy century trees. Huge sheets of dried bark had crashed down onto the road and were set to be carted away. I couldn't resist the opportunity to keep a little piece of history in this almost fossilistic form. Little did I realize this would be the perfect spot for cat-claws, and one far more attractive than many of the scratching posts available out there. I think the cats really appreciate the outdoors-in quality, if not the aesthetic and meaning enjoyed by their human counterparts.
While it's not everyday you happen across this manner of bark, the whole experience makes me think that perhaps we should look to logs from local tree-trimmings as impromptu scratching posts, rather than purchasing products for the same purpose. In the meantime, here's hoping the allure of nature will hold after delivery day!
Note: Exercise caution when selecting tree trimmings. Be sure not to bring pest infested pieces into your home!
(Image: MaryAnne Petrella)