I like cats....but....

@capirani (1841)
United States
April 13, 2008 11:06pm CST
I like having cats for indoor pets. They are easy to maintain and they pretty much take care of themselves. They are fun to play with and watch. BUT...how do you keep cats from getting into things you don't want them to? I have used the spray bottle in the past with cats I have had. One cat this worked out for well. She did not like it and even believed I could get her wet from another room. All I had to do was show her the bottle and she would stop whatever she was doing. Not without a little sassing about it, but she would stop. Another cat I had the spray bottle worked for most everything except the Christmas tree. She easily figured out good hiding places behind the pretty wrapped presents where the water would not get her and where no one could get her out either. I had to lock her in my bedroom when no one was home or we would come home to find the Christmas tree tipped over on the floor. I am maybe soon going to be in the position of being able to have a pet and I am trying to decide between a puppy or a kitten. Even though I would have to take the puppy outside regularly, there would be no kitty litter to deal with. And I wouldn't have a problem with the Christmas trees. The puppy wouldn't be digging in my houseplants or jumping up on tables and eating the plants. And the puppy would not tear up any of my jigsaw puzzles that I try to put together. Just how do you keep a cat away from a jigsaw puzzle without getting the puzzle wet?
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• United States
14 Apr 08
For about $7.00 you ca find a can of stay away. I have used this and it works. You may want to buy two cans at first. You spray what ever it is you want the cat to stay away from. I need to get some for my sofa. I even used this with both cats. They both ran from anywhere this was at.
@capirani (1841)
• United States
14 Apr 08
Never heard of that stuff. Is it food safe? I mean is it safe to spray where food is eaten or prepared? Do you have to keep spraying it after the surface is washed? How long do you have to keep using it? Or do the cats just get used to not going to that area?
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• United States
14 Apr 08
I sprayed my furniture so they could stop scratching it. I have never put this in my kitchen at all. it's made for cats to stay away.
@capirani (1841)
• United States
15 Apr 08
I want something that will keep a cat away from my jigsaw puzzle because it sits out all the time and cats love to bat the pieces around. The puzzle would be on my big dining table. I don't want to spray something on my table that is not safe and would do damage to the puzzle as well. Any other ideas?
@mcat19 (1358)
• United States
15 Apr 08
I don't understand what would stop a puppy from getting into your things. Puppies chew on things like shoes. We have 4 cats; and if we are good about cleaning the litterbox, the house doesn't smell at all. Nothing beats a cat curled up purring in your lap, as far as I'm concerned. Dogs bark, too. It's loud and annoying to me. You can train a cat if you really want to do that. The sheet or table cloth over your puzzle would solve that problem. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.