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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian05 Sep 2017 10:42 a.m. PST

Do you allow your cat(s) access to your gaming room?

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2017 10:47 a.m. PST

Like they won't come in without permission?

I try to keep cats out of a room with a game on, but there's a reason I use terrain boards or sheets no larger than the table. Cloth hanging down from the table can result in a very unhappy ending to the game.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2017 11:00 a.m. PST

Allow? They don't ask permission and WILL get in!

Tacitus05 Sep 2017 11:03 a.m. PST

I don't have cats anymore (wife's allergic), but I miss the entertainment. While I was gaming, one of the cats had managed to climb to the top shelf of the bookcase. He had been quietly napping/watching the game for over an hour. My opponent decided to blow on his dice for a lucky role. For some reason this caught my cat's attention. Dice rolled, cat leaped onto table, 63% of everything on the table was scattered, cokes were spilled, Cheetos flew across the room. My opponent was not amused (never played him again). At first I was upset, too. But later, I thought it was effing hilarious. Good times… These days, I keep the dogs out; one of them dropped a deuce on the middle of the floor (maybe she doesn't like GW).

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2017 11:04 a.m. PST

My now-ancient cat used to climb up in the basement rafters to watch me paint. I suppose she liked the small motions of the brush end.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2017 11:08 a.m. PST

Game/painting area has very limited access. The cat is only allowed in when I am present.

It is often heard "You know you're not allow on the table".

Recently, I my wife was quite amused when she heard me say "Those are my dice, you leave them alone".

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2017 11:11 a.m. PST


D6 Junkie05 Sep 2017 11:19 a.m. PST

Who can keep them out? They are usually fine, I just can't leave trees out after a game. My Bengal likes to deflock them.

Jacques05 Sep 2017 11:20 a.m. PST

My cat goes where she wants – it is her house after all.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Sep 2017 11:23 a.m. PST

I do not let the cat into the gaming room.

SWMBO does.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2017 11:35 a.m. PST

I have a friend whose wife's cat shredded a tabletop full of nice flocked foam terrain.
For years we played around parallel scratches and cat hair. I'm a dog guy and she is afraid to come down the stairs to my basement lair.

Okiegamer05 Sep 2017 11:40 a.m. PST

Years ago I learned (the hard way!) that cats and Geo-Hex don't mix.

David Manley05 Sep 2017 12:04 p.m. PST

Yes, they ove to watch the hoomins play

Prince Rupert of the Rhine05 Sep 2017 12:05 p.m. PST

I don't even want cats in my garden…

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2017 12:06 p.m. PST

Always did and do. Hard to enforce anyway.
When they are not stupid and truly your friend, they understand and seldom disturb stuff even on table (only the tail is not so wel under control, but if all is fine, it shoukd be up).
A bit of training, to avoid playing with the lonely figs or trees, as after all everyone around is having fun.
The foam stuff might be a problem.
One trick, to have expendable overhanging polystyrene tiles. He will jump, break it , fall and think this is silly, and feel very stupid in public, so not try the malefice again. (Only in case above setting does not work well enough).
They also bring out stuff lying under the shelves, handy.
( with compliments of Barcik, the furry friend).

TMPWargamerabbit05 Sep 2017 12:21 p.m. PST

Gave up….. the family cat said she only takes suggestive action as a message but never acts upon them. Seems to prefer WWII 1/72 gaming more compared with 28mm Ancients with their long pikes sticking into fur.

Classic moment… found a open miniature storage box. Needed more room to curl up and sleep so pushed aside the miniature tenants with careful paws.

athun2505 Sep 2017 12:29 p.m. PST

Four german shepherds in the house, so no, no cats.

Ottoathome Inactive Member05 Sep 2017 12:37 p.m. PST

No cats. If I wanted to have something in the house that would eat my food, cause me endless expense, ruin my furniture, break my stuff, ignore me, act arrogantly to me and leave their crap in the corner I would have had kids.

Dogs are much better. They know who's boss.

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2017 12:38 p.m. PST

Yes. And the only cat-thingy she has done thus far is to hockey puck a stack of chit/markers off the table and on to the floor.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2017 12:38 p.m. PST

Our gaming facility host has two aggressive cats that like to sleep in boxes of figures or claw up terrain. So he invented "cat baffles."







Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2017 12:41 p.m. PST


Dynaman878905 Sep 2017 12:48 p.m. PST

Although looking at Cat pics is great owning one is not going to happen, nor any pet for that matter. I spent 20 years (and counting) waiting for my kids to grow up, why would I want to get something else I have to worry about when I go on vacation?

Russ Lockwood05 Sep 2017 1:06 p.m. PST

The cat didn't move the figures of a game left out, the figures moved of their own volition…

Skeets Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2017 1:45 p.m. PST

Not a cat person. Dogs rule!

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2017 1:48 p.m. PST

You got a problem with that?

Giles the Zog05 Sep 2017 2:10 p.m. PST

Do you allow your cat(s) access to your gaming room?

What is this "allow" cats you speak of ?

redbanner414505 Sep 2017 2:12 p.m. PST

My game room is the only cat free part of the house. I have two gaming buddies who are allergic. The game room door stays shut always.

GatorDave Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2017 2:22 p.m. PST

I'm allergic and the parrots would not enjoy the company so no cats.

Timmo uk05 Sep 2017 2:39 p.m. PST

Cats have equal rights in this household. She does as she pleases 100% of the time. That written wargames stuff doesn't interest her at all but she really likes model railways. N gauge in particular. Even wagons just sitting there she'll go for.

14Bore05 Sep 2017 2:51 p.m. PST

No, my game room is in my outbuilding and she is a indoor cat. But the other cat ( her sister) was my painting buddy but she past away a few weeks ago.

brucka05 Sep 2017 3:13 p.m. PST

My cats appreciate the sleeping containers placed at appropriately high enough heights on large flat blankets for maximum comfort. The various prey stand-ins are an added bonus. Water containers are also desired as long as cleaned. Dice rolled on the floor are not re-rolled as that's where nature intended them to be.

KSmyth05 Sep 2017 4:31 p.m. PST

Three Australian shepherds means zero cats.

Personal logo DWilliams Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member05 Sep 2017 5:31 p.m. PST


Personal logo DWilliams Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member05 Sep 2017 5:32 p.m. PST

Yes, we do allow cats on the table!


Rich Bliss05 Sep 2017 5:46 p.m. PST

No cats in the house.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2017 6:19 p.m. PST

I am with Rich on this – no cats in the house

TGerritsen05 Sep 2017 6:19 p.m. PST

This cat dropped by to play last week, but the next morning my valuables were missing.



Ceterman Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2017 6:28 p.m. PST

That's great Don! We play in the basement, old coal cellar. Old, dingy, lots of stuff down there that could get a cat in trouble. So all 4 of ours stay inside & upstairs. I have on occasion carried them down one at a time to show them what they are missing though! They all seem to dig the table. And when they do sprint downstairs, they invariably run under the table which is mounted on an old waterbed frame with drawers & such. But there is also a gap along the bottom edge for them to jump through, which they ALWAYS do & refuse to come out, until the treats do!

Personal logo Toy Soldier Green Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2017 6:30 p.m. PST

No cat here but we do have one weenie dog too many.

Personal logo Swampster Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2017 11:59 p.m. PST

No gaming room but I do have a painting room. Once I learnt to leave a route on the painting bench for the cat to reach the window sill, there have been no incidents. Main inconvenience is when she decides she must sit on my lap when I'm painting. I used to have to move her from my chair when I went into the room but when I got a new chair I kept the old one so we have one each.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2017 2:33 a.m. PST

No cats, usually play @ another location (also without cats) but my greyhound likes to steal bottles of paint from my painting room so he is not allowed in there!

Old Wolfman06 Sep 2017 7:03 a.m. PST

There's a game store in Columbus,OH where they have a cat or two inside. Cute as buttons,and sometimes rest on top of the pop machine. They've been known to hop onto the tables or walk under the tables.

Dexter Ward06 Sep 2017 8:18 a.m. PST

Yes, the cats loving gaming night (and setting up and taking down the table). They occasionally steal trees and dice, but mostly they just want everyone to make a fuss of them.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2017 10:13 a.m. PST

When I had a gaming room, the cats had their own sets
of figures, dice and terrain. They never bothered
my stuff.

Nowadays, no game room, no trouble.

Liliburlero Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2017 10:51 a.m. PST

Thanks for all the postings fellas, hahahahahaha, we enjoyed reading AND seeing the pictures of kitties. Oh, and yes, our kitties (seven right now) do go into the game/guest room and on the game table and lay on the edge (we have a green-felt cloth on the table that IS, as per our friend Ed Mohrmann told us, washable!!!!) which is right up against some windows where the sun comes blazing in. Whenever Dad would have a game, the kitties pretty-much steered clear of the table believe it or not….even when he still had troops/terrain on it post-game. I suppose they KNEW better than to TOUCH Larry Brom's figures!! (smile)

Gonsalvo06 Sep 2017 4:35 p.m. PST

Back when we had 2 cats, they were murder on my Geohex. They loved it, but I didn't love what their claws did to it. Dogs are a much better mix with wargaming…have three now.

Great War Ace Inactive Member06 Sep 2017 8:16 p.m. PST

The late Buster (aka Oliver), in a rare moment in my gaming room. I did not leave access. And he was never in there without me. We do not have cats since the girls moved away.

Great War Ace Inactive Member06 Sep 2017 8:18 p.m. PST

@Gonsalvo: Jazzy, my daughter's white Siamese, once got into my box of GeoHex and tore several pieces apart. It seemed to have an effect on the feline similar to catnip. I managed to glue them back together but the damage was permanent. Also, that damned cat got into my box of Schleich pikemen and chewed one of the pike heads off. WTH?! Cats are evil.

bz1bz1 Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 10:28 a.m. PST

Had a cat once confuse an open box of Lego with a litter tray. It didn't end well.

Bismarck07 Sep 2017 1:41 p.m. PST

Sorry to be late joining in this. No game room, but when it was hobby/guest/office allowed once. My late precious Gracie, loved chewing the heads off of Airfix Napoleonics a couple of decades ago.. Now digging out and reclaiming said "overflow" room, but with the two terrible twos tabby terrorists, who have all but destroyed the house in their pursuit of fun paralleling guerilla activity to conquer their human, AIN'T NO WAY. Our senior citizen now about 9 has never had the chance to discover, but he will at least allow you to read your paper in one piece and just supervise from a distance as we pursue human endeavors. Unless it involves fish!

I have sufficient supervision and direction trying to write out the bills, God help you if you cook and the ever joyous moments of that sweet little paw, one claw extended tapping your cheek at 0430 to tell you they are hungry even if the alarm is set at 0500.

Some of you may be more fortunate. One of our first cats, a monstrous(23 #) orange white footed tabby would wander about the living room, carefully passing between and through my son's GI Joes and never touch or knock over a figure as we fought bravely or adventured on the floor.

Following a previous post and loving Bashytubits posts, do definitely think a cats and wargaming board is needed, nay, a necessity here on TMP.

to all you cat lovers, my best and love extended to those felines who have acquired humans.

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