(Closed) Decorating your house when you have a rambunctious pet

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@whiteorchid:  I have some rambunctious pets too. We can’t have candles because one of my furbabies always sticks his face in them and burns off his whiskers. Although the after math of that and the ensuing balance problems are pretty funny (don’t think I’m an awful pet parent, I felt awful the first few times it happened, but he just doesn’t learn!)

 

Anyways we have leather couches and that seems to deter scratching since they can’t sink their claws in to the couch so well. Plus I like that they are wipable. Maybe for decorating the walls you could consider some decals. There are actually some pretty nice ones out there. I like this website: http://www.ltlprints.com/catalog

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@whiteorchid:  I think it will depend on the cat too! If your cat is really big scratcher they will probably scratch any couch. Maybe take note of the spots they like to scratch on the couch and get some of that scratch deterant stuff? I also like the leather because it is easier to vacuum the fur off of since it doesn’t get woven into the fabric

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Have you considered putting those plastic tips on your cat to help with the scratching?

Also wrapping ducktape around the base of items so the sticky side is out. Cats dont like that and soon enough they will stop scratchign at that. In the meantime, provide something they can climb and scratch such as a nice cat gym.

Also employ the spray bottle. When they do something they arent supposed to, spray them with a bottle. 

We had to do all of this with one of our cats and we no longer have a problem. It took patience, but it worked. Although there are a few things we still cant do, such as tassels or strings hanging. Those just beg to be played with.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We’ve got 2 cats that both think they’re kittens still.  I’ve found that framed pictures on the walls are fine, because they don’t do anything interesting.  They don’t have tassels or leaves or anything that moves when there’s a breeze.  The boys try to take them down for a day or two, and then move on to more interesting things.  I’ve also found that display cases and shadowboxes are nice for little breakables.  Wall mount them and you’re good to go!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@whiteorchid:  If a spray bottle doesn’t work try putting some coins  in a can or jar and shaking them when she’s bad. One of my cats loves water too so the spray bottle didn’t work for him but the coins in a can did

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We have flowers, and our cat loves to chew on them. I actually bought a bitter “no chew” spray, and just douse the flowers every now and then. I figure either that will kill them, or he will. It seems to be working pretty well so far, although he manages to dig through and find the one petal that didn’t get sprayed. 

We’ve prioritized some of our decor. For instance, candles go on the one shelf he hasn’t yet figured out how to jump onto. We have photos and these sort of sconce things on the wall, but they are high enough he can’t knock them down. He also messes with our tablecloth, but I haven’t figured out how to deter him from that yet!

Also remember that cats respond to positive reinforcement much better than negative, so if you see her doing thinking about doing something silly and she stops make sure to give her lots of positive feedback!

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I am going to go against leather here. My cat’s favorite thing on the world to destropy is anything leather. It seriously sends her into a frenzy. She has ruined countless leather shoes when I accidently left the door open to my shoe closet. But she didn’t like the feel of microfiber on her claws, so guess what kind of couch I purchased. Oh yeah! She never bothered it.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Have you thought of floating shelves? If you put these somewhere high enough / far away from furniture, the cat shouldn’t be able to jump on them: 

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