I came up with a way to make sure that Scarlett gets some time on the quilt all to herself: I moved it to her favorite napping spot.
So far, so good. I'll just switch it back and forth periodically and hopefully everyone will be happy.
On an unrelated note, I could use some advice on Melly's chewing habit. While her gnawing is usually harmless, like when she chews on my clothes, she periodically destroys electronics. A cell phone charger, a couple pairs of headphones, my sister's laptop cord... and yesterday, MY laptop cord. Unacceptable, obviously.
I keep thinking that Melly has broken herself of the habit since she goes months between chewing sprees, but that's clearly not the case. I've gotten used to putting away my cords and chargers when they're not being used, but Melly seems to have moved on to the larger cables that are usually left plugged in. This isn't safe for her, and this stuff is not cheap to replace.
As a temporary fix, I have wrapped my new laptop cord in aluminum foil. I did some research on other deterrents, and most of the home remedies involved putting some kind of scented oil or lotion on the cords. Since the foil rips or falls off when the cord moves and sticky goos could attract insects, those options aren't appealing. One website recommended just using rubber tubing from the hardware store, but although that method protects the cords, it lacks the deterrent factor. I found a couple of products (Chewsafe, Crittercord, etc.) that are designed both to protect and deter, and those are currently the leading contenders. Have any of you tried them? Or, have you found something you like better?