Cats are adorable and we love them, but they can cause some problems around the house. Just like with children, we have to find ways to discourage them from doing the things they shouldn’t be doing. Here are some tips to help you live in better harmony with your cat.
One of my favorite things to use is a metal clicker toy. The ones that make that nice clicking sound when you press on them that you might remember from childhood. As an example, many people with indoor cats worry about them getting out. If your cat is hanging around a certain door that you’re afraid he’s going to dart out of, try opening the door just a tiny bit and start clicking. Cats hate the sound of these and it will make them afraid of that door. I don’t like to frighten my cats, but in this case it’s for the best. Use the clicker toy whenever you want to discourage a behavior. Because they are small and can be held in your hand, the cat won’t even know it’s you doing it.
You know those clear carpet runners you see at home improvement stores? Well, some of them have little nubs on one side of them and can be a great tool to keep your cat off a certain area. Let’s just say that your cat has been using the back of your couch as a scratching post. Put a piece of this plastic, with the nub side up, in front of the area. Cats have very sensitive feet and hate walking on this. It will keep him away from that area.
People complain about cats jumping on the kitchen counters. I place a piece of foil on the counter and when they jump up and come into contact with the foil, they jump back off in a hurry! In general, they don’t like foil and this can also be used to cover other things you want them to stay off of.
Are your kitties getting into your potted plants? Do they like digging in the dirt of that large potted plant you have in the living room? Cover the dirt with rocks. You can either go rock hunting outside or find some at a home improvement store. Some of them are very attractive and actually add to the look of your plant. You can water right over them and kitty will no longer be able to dig around.
My last suggestion is materials to buy furniture in. The slicker the material the better. I have a couch with a smooth, sort of velour type material, that they never scratch on. The material makes it hard for them to really get a hold of it, unlike a thicker, rough material. So when purchasing anything that is covered in material, think slick.
I hope these tips help. Cats are very clever and sometimes we have to think beyond the box to fool them!