Are Maggies Cat Proof?


HEY GANG, HAVE BEEN LOOKING INTO PICKING UP A PAIR OF USED MAGGIES IN THE NEXT COUPLE MONTHS. PROBLEM IS MY LIVE IN GIRLFRIENDS CAT "WHICH IS DECLAWED" LIKES TO USE MY PRESENT SPEAKERS AS A SCRATCHING PAD. FORTUNATLY THE POLK AUDIOS I HAVE HAVE NOT BEEN AFFECTED OTHER THAN STRETCHED OUT CLOTH COVERS IN SPOTS. IM WONDERING IF THE MAGGIES WOULD GET TRASHED OR DAMAGED FROM THE SAME ABUSE. I KNOW A GOOD WAY TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM BUT GETTING RID OF THE CAT IS OUT OF THE QUESTION. BELIEVE ME I HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING I.E. I THINK IM ALLERGIC ECT. DID NOT WORK.
clevelandhifi
Rid the girlfriend and the cat will be right behind,No claws??
A friend of mine with 3.5's has made covers for them, that he leaves on when not in use. The covers slide on top like garbage bags, and he used some kind of fabric that the cats don't like. They don't climb on them any more.
Without something, I'd venture to guess that you'd certainly damage them. Cheers,
Spencer
If it is one of the models with a "true" ribbon tweeter then you are asking for trouble for sure. Not sure about the other models. Try asking @ www.audioasylum.com and go to planers section.

As an alternative, I know for a fact Martin Logan are cat proof.... Little kitty decided to climb my left channel once.......Kitty got declawed asap while the speakers whent into storage. Left speaker has a couple of indentations in the mylar but so far no negative affects on the sound and it has been well over a year.

Good luck
How about a big-ass dog that sleeps by the speakers?

But seriously, cats with claws love Magnepan speakers. I have never seen a declawed cat need a scratching post, and if they did, I would suspect that a lack of claw equals a lack of damage.

One method is to cut a piece of cardboard the width of the panel and about 2 ft out, one for the front, one for the back, cover them both with heavy duty double stick tape. Cats hate that stuff. Or, cut the cardboard as above, but push thumbtacks up through the bottom, points up. a little meaner perhaps, but kitty will only do it once....
THIS will solve your problem.
Just take a couple wires and wind them carefully around the speaker, DONT LET THEM TOUCH.

THen, take the ends and hook one up the a car battery, 1 positive and 1 negative.

that cat will touch those speakers once.
you got to be kidding. get rid of that cat. Your Maggies will love you. Where are your priorites? Cat or sound? Are you a true audiophool? Look, there's adoption, drive a 100 miles away and leave that baby in the woods, euthanize at your local Vet, or just make him an outdoor cat. Oops, I almost forgot: can the girlfriend. lol... peace, warren
I agree with Slappy's solution, though I would use AC power from your wall :)
Forget all of the far fetched slappy ideas. Instead just cover the speakers with the plastic bags provided by Magnepan when not in us. If you don't get them with the used speakers. Call Magnepan ang get a set for your speakers. Very minimal in cost and cats don't like plastic bags. My cat just looks at them and goes his own way. That not being up or on the speakers..................
Dave, those gadgets don't work. At least with my pets.
I would build the cardboard slipcovers mentioned above. Yes, if kitty scratches your current grills, kitty can hurt maggies. :-(

When I lived back home and had Acoustats, I took the 5kv bias wire from the panel's transformer and touched them to each "curious" kitty's nose. It didn't hurt (read: kill) them, and they quickly lost interest in the ENTIRE STEREO forever. Can't really do that with Maggies though.

I say the cardboard slipcovers or a locked, dedicated room. Also some cats like to chew on the cables and hot sauce works well in that case. :-/
You should have lined-naugahyde ,zipper backed covers made just to keep dust from accumulating on the panels. Cats hate walking on or getting near aluminum foil,place it around speakers on floor or carpet.Ugly to look at but it conditioned our 3 from walking table,furniture and counters.
BTW cats love to sharpen using cardboard.
yeah some of those ideas sound pretty good. luckily there were two cats up to this past spring and one kicked the bucket. how sad.. he was sick with something. i remember one day im sitting there watching tv and the cat that passed away is sitting on top of my polks and starts meowing. i look over and i get to see a side profile as the cat takes a dump right on top of the speaker. now this happend shortly before it passed which is lucky for it because i was thinking ways to get even. oh well one down and one to go.