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Do you cover your car?

I ask because we have cats and they like to climb on cars. Usually doesn't matter but a new rule is, no cats on the Mustang.
Is there a good, better, best in the car cover world? I'd like to have one that is impervious to cat claws if such a thing exists. I could put the cover on then a couple of moving blankets if needed.

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I'd just get rid of the cats...


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covercraft and cover king both have many options for covers
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I've used Cover Craft in the past on my '89 GT great fit, breathable and multi-layered


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Pitbull would work

A car is a chew toy!

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I ask because we have cats and they like to climb on cars. Usually doesn't matter but a new rule is, no cats on the Mustang.
Is there a good, better, best in the car cover world? I'd like to have one that is impervious to cat claws if such a thing exists. I could put the cover on then a couple of moving blankets if needed.
I gather you do not have a garage. Or maybe you do and the cats wander into it. Cat claws vs car cover abrasions is the choice you have if you park outside and use a car cover outside where dust WILL find its way under the cover. Over time you will get abrasion marks on the finish using a car cover. Its a tough call but I understand your waning of patience with Sylvester.
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A good car cover is rather expensive. I have used a cover for about ten years, outdoors in sun in Florida and ice and snow in NY. I like the covercraft weathershield material which is thin like an umbrella. I try to find them second hand but unused (people buy them and never use them). They can be like $400 new. They are sort of a 'deal' at $200-300. The ones you see for $50-100 are not really useful at all. Covercraft has a few other materials like 'Noah' which is thicker but certainly not thick enough to stop a cat's claw. I do not think any material made for a car cover would actually be able to prevent a claw from penetrating it. I do not think it would discourage an animal either. I have recently seen squirrels jumping on my car to try to lick the morning dew droplets off the fabric. I believe it was a similar animal that left me with some holes in the cover that looked like claw marks which I had to repair.

I have not noticed any damage overall to the finish, and the car stays remarkably clean compared to just a few nights without a cover. Over a long period of time it did wear through some of the clearcoat on the rear bumper near the license plate which is where the cover is pulled tight against the car. When used outdoors the covers themselves tend to wear out after 2-3 years.

So I don't know what to tell ya about the cat. I don't think a cover is gonna do it though.
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Yellow06 has it right about car covers. I might add another caveat if you have feral or neighborhood cats...
Keep a close eye on your wheels. Un-neutered cats love to spray car tires and wheels.
They aim high and that's pretty corrosive stuff. Just F-Y-I.
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What does work is if you visit your local hardware store they have sprays that drive away cats, dogs, etc... you can spray it around the ground of the vehicle and then take a small rag, give it a couple of sprays and lay it at the base of the windshield (not on the paint) and it will take a bit of time but they will understand in just a few days.


If you do go with a car cover, a HD vinyl tarp over it will keep the cats off of it in the summer and in the winter they will just lay on it to keep warm...it does work and helps to keep the interior cooler too

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Thanks for all the suggestions. I do keep the car garaged (detached) but keep the door propped open so the cats can go in and out.
I think I'll keep using the moving blankets on the trunk/top and hood/fenders. They're soft and thick and are working fine for now.
It's my redneck car cover!
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I've always had a car cover, creature of habit I guess. Keeps stuff off and out of car. Even now, I still cover the car when at the races or during the off season. When at home I always cover it, not wanting passerby's seeing whats in the garage, just in case. Sitting in the garage 5-6 months, during off season, critters (spiders) like to hang out inside, if not covered. Hate spiders!!

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