My leather upholstery on my 94 325i is in pretty bad shape, and I want
to replace it with cloth so my cat won't punch holes in the leather
with her ferocious claws. I've found a few places selling replacement
leather kits, but can't find cloth. I thought the 318i came with cloth,
so I was hoping to find cloth in the same BMW color as my leather
(sand). Anyone know of a source? If not, does anyone know of cloth for
some other make that looks good with the sand interior?
I love cats, but have you considered declawing? I'm amazed that the cat
even rides loose in the car, mine have always been scared out of their
wits when in a moving car, so I always used a pet carrier.
The cat may be just as rough with cloth, which will look pretty bad with
hundreds of pulled threads sticking out, but of course the cloth would
likely be less expensive to replace. If you find a material the cat does
not like to claw, perhaps you could get seat covers made of something
That is truly awful thing to do to the poor animal. I'm aware that in
the US it's common but if anyone in the UK did that they'd be hauled up
in court for animal abuse.
To think that anybody could remove a cats claws just to save their
upholstery is disgusting in my opinion.
So is mine! Howls all the way to the vets in his cat box.
Who needs a life when you've got Unix? :-)
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I have two. One just curls up and sleeps, the other starts to drool and
eventually he throws up. He get motionsickness, but only if he is
in a pet carrier. If he is loose he is fine, but all over the place in
excitement. So keeping him outside the pet carrier is not an option.
I agree, despite what I said, I'd NEVER do it, I'd use a pet carrier and
taking the cat for car rides, except to the vet (or to the kennel if I'm
away for holiday).
But, lots of people here in the US declaw their cats.
In fact, MANY veterinarians urge doing it, because they consider it
cruel to let
your cat outside to face a world full of dogs, automobiles, fleas,
poisons, and predators
(especially on the west coast, which has a lot of coyotes that prey on
even in populated areas). Of course, the vets' opinion might be tainted
a bit by the fact that
they make money doing the declawing! Although I suppose they'd argue
that the cat
avoids more expensive services, like surgery.
I think/hope that attitude is slowly starting to change... a life cooped
up in a house or a room
is not a life worth living, as far as I'm concerned... at least not for
the first 70 years :>)
I hadn't expected so many coments about the cat riding in the car, but
mine just loves to ride, so I wouldn't want to put her in a carrier.
She rides often, because I take her to see my Mom in the nursing home,
and all the residents seem to get a kick out of seeing her. She's an
indoor cat, but I just never liked the idea of de-clawing her, even
after she ruined my seats! (I know, she runs my life). I did try an
upholstery shop today, and they said they could replace my leather
using any cloth I wanted from a zillion samples. None were BMW cloth or
cloth that matched theinterior exactly, but there were some that looked
OK, I thought, and I might just go ahead with some Ford Taurus cloth.
Thanks for all the advice, everyone.
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