What do you think when your cat likes to play with things in your house? The following article will show you how to cat-proof valuable or hazardous objects against the instinctive behavior of cats.
Adopting a pet of some kind in the house means you have to accept a lot of trouble. Especially with curious and discovery animals like cats. And no matter how hard you train them from a young age, little problems will still come to you so that you have to pay a lot of attention to your cat.
And believe me, if you’re not careful those little troubles can have huge consequences. My article focuses on two main types of objects: valuable objects (such as sofas, curtains…) and hazardous objects (allergenic plants, knives, scissors, etc.) …). We will have different ways to “defend” them against the “attack” of furry friends. Take a look and maybe it will solve your problem.
Clever ways to cat-proof valuable or hazardous objects in your home
There’s nothing like getting your cat in the habit of staying away from valuable or toxic things in your home. This is most appropriate when you are adopting a kitten. Of course, things can still happen with big cats, but it will be a little more difficult.
Let me take this example: your cat seems to like your newly purchased sofa and prepares him for some martial arts. You can hide in a corner and throw something at it (don’t hit our little friend!). Try to repeat this a few times with different objects so that the cat becomes aware that it is not something he can touch and play with.
Once the cat has developed a sense of valuable or hazardous items it should not touch and practice that you can reward her/him with small treats as an incentive.
2. Remove the source of danger
Nothing will happen between cats with valuable or hazardous objects if they can’t access the above items.
Store them in places where cats can’t reach them, like in closets or even lock up rooms that contain them. Take special care with poisons or sharp objects.
Cats love to play with plants in your home without knowing many of them to have negative health effects like Amaryllis, Autumn Crotus, Cyclamen, English Evy, Lilies, Kalanchoe… The ASPCA has compiled a very detailed list of plants that are harmful to cats. You can refer to avoid buying these plants. If you already have these plants in your family, bring them out.
Besides, there are many simple ways to cat-proof four-legged friends from valuables. You can wrap your objects in plastic or wrap them to smooth the surface. Hard, rough surfaces with high friction are often the place cats choose to sharpen their nails.
3. Bring the following to your home now
What do you think if we interfere a little with the explorations of cats? Understanding the instinctive properties of cats, many brands have launched extremely useful products.
In a recent article, I analyzed things that can cause aversion to your cat including objects with sticky surfaces. Sticky Paws was born for that purpose. The skin of a cat’s paw is very sensitive and they hate the feeling of having to walk. Stick these Sticky Paws around the areas your cat is interested in and your cat will say goodbye to it in no time.
You can also replace the above product with plastic sheets or spread orange peel, a few mints around the areas that need protection. Because cats hate the smell of plastic, the smell of orange or mint. This is similar to spraying a few drops of vinegar or lemon juice on the surfaces of objects you do not want your cat to come into contact with.
You can add a few toys around your house to attract the attention of your cat. Cat trees for them to comfortably scratch their nails, biting toys to satisfy their toothache… And of course, those accessories need time for cats to get used to. Be a little patient.
4. Set up a sound barrier
Recently Alesha (my British Shorthair) seems quite interested in my wooden watch. The proof is that she constantly hovers around the “victim” and licks her lips. I knew I had to do something before one of my masterpieces would get some scribbles from the cat artist. So, I found some kind of motion sensor that can help me with this problem. I preset my “gentle” scolding into the machine and put it under the watch mat. This is a way for you to create remote management of your cat.
You can find many similar products in retail stores.
5. Change the play space for cats
One of the reasons cats choose to mess around in the house may come from the fact that they don’t have enough space to satisfy their wild nature.
A small yard is enough for me to give my cat a positive experience. This is also a way for you to strengthen the bond between owner and pet and show them that besides valuable and hazardous objects there is much more to explore.
If you have more time, you can choose to go on a long trip or spend time building a small tree house for the cat.
6. Make it a habit to test everything before you use it
This may not sound very relevant to the problem we are talking about but I think “be careful is never superfluous”. Cats love to hide and then objects like washers, dryers or boxes can become their world to explore. And I’ll let you imagine the horrible things that could happen next…
A little hint: my oil painting was dotted with a few scratches by Alesha while she was researching contemporary art in a box in the corner.
7. Never forget to care for your cat
All the ways I show you to cat-proof valuable or hazardous objects are based on observing and understanding your cat. Don’t make excuses that you’re too busy for 15 minutes of play with your little friend every day. No! That is the excuse for indifference. Let’s play with it and promptly prevent him/her from having an excessive impact on the items. A few gentle reminders and a cat-you-object connection will form. A reward when he/she fulfills the request will speed up the process.
Cat-proof valuable or hazardous objects are a way for you to protect your furry friend as well as the items in your home. You can use it to suit your situation. And don’t forget to learn the habits of your cat.
Thanks for reading!