How do you stop your cat from sitting on top of your monitor?

Australia
March 24, 2007 7:03am CST
My cat sit on the top of my monitor and watch me typing on the keyboard. He seems fascinated with my fingers running over the keyboard. Everytime I touch the mouse... he goes "miaou". I tried to sit him on the front of the television... but after flicking through the channels... nothing seemed to interest him. I need help... he is distracting me and I am making some spelling errors as a result.
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26 responses
• United States
25 Mar 07
You could always buy the cat his own special computer monitor on which he could sit on
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• United States
25 Mar 07
What you do is - You go to the frigerator and you carefully prepare a fresh sandwhich with plenty of delicious smelling deli meat on it. Bring two plates for you and for you cat. And make sure to make what it is you share with your cat into very small bite sized peices to chew. This will be sure to get his behind off of the monitor and take an active interest in what you are eating and to assist and to help you in the matter of eating.
@RAMONES (537)
• Belgium
25 Mar 07
Try buying a LCD monitor. They are way too thin for a cat to sit on ! LOL !!!
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@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
25 Mar 07
well I think that is pretty cute, so long as he is just waching you I can't see the problem, he sounds lovely to me...
@LittleMel (14059)
• Canada
24 Mar 07
My cat used to do that too until I put more toys in the computer room, now she's busy with them.
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@melanie652 (2526)
• United States
24 Mar 07
A spray bottle of plain water works. That works with my cats. After getting sprayed a few times, I don't even have to spray them anymore. All I have to do is shake the bottle and point it at them and they're gone! I'll also set the bottle of water beside me on the desk. They see the bottle and they stay away! It does work!
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@edgar1868 (204)
• Philippines
15 Apr 07
Change your wallpaper background with a Doberman photo!
• Australia
16 Apr 07
Oh! I like you... Someone smart with a sense of humour.
@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
14 Apr 07
I have a couple of cats that will do this. For the most part I let them. I have one though that likes to lay on top and hug the corner of the monitor. It makes it hard to see the corner where you close out windows. I have another one who likes to sit with his back to me thus putting his tale across the monitor. I move it and he puts it right back. The rest if they sit or lay up there just lay there. They don't block the monitor or meow. They just like the warmth of it. They will also lay on the shelves on either side of it. Sometimes I have three up there, one on each shelf and one on the monitor. If I put things up there then they will either knock the things off or if they can't due to size or amount they will meow or bug me till I move the things. Good luck in keeping him off. Not sure you can but you could try.
• Australia
14 Apr 07
You could have got best answer for this if you had come yesterday. So now you will have to settle for second best answer. lol The big worry with the monitor is that it could overheat if the cat block the ventilation. It is not even a good idea to have a shelve above it. Not so much a problem in winter... but if you have 35 degrees in summer... that is when things get hot.
@Gemmygirl1 (2871)
• Australia
25 Mar 07
A bottle of water will work but if you try adding a few drops of either vinegar or lemon juice to the water then when he goes to clean himself he'll have the yukky taste in his mouth & will not want to taste it again so, he wont go up there!
• Australia
25 Mar 07
That does not sound like a good idea. If you did spay vinegar or lemon juice in his eyes by accident... you could have big problems.
@meljessxena (2319)
• Australia
25 Mar 07
i would put something over the monitor so he is unable to sit on it.
• United States
25 Mar 07
i usually get him to sit on my lap instead. he may still be in the way a little bit,but he's not shaking the monitor or blocking the screen. most times,it sounds good to him too :)
• United States
25 Mar 07
*L* Okay this is a funny thing. You made me laugh. Every time you touch the mouse he goes Meow *L* ;) Um I dont know what to say except animals seem to love to sit where they think you are. He seems to want to be with you which is why he is on your computer in the first place. I have had my cats sit on my books, notebooks, etc. Its annoying. But gotta love it. My dog, she likes to sit right next to me when I am on my laptop. Um its bad cause I cant type too well with her there. Yet I let her sit there for as long as wants. I feel uncomfortable but she LOVES it. Its too funny! Its like Rainbow come on! So maybe find another way around it, or put the cat in another room? Cause otherwise that cat sure loves you and the computer too :))
@cblackink (969)
• United States
25 Mar 07
Well, because of the type of computer desk I have I don't have that problem. There's a shelf that's only about six inches or so above the monitor, so perhaps something like that would help. Or maybe get a flat screen. Since my cat is huge (about 17 pounds) he probably wouldn't dream of it anyway.
@sarach (49)
• United States
25 Mar 07
Once a cat has decided that it likes to do something it's nearly impossible to talk them out of it. Unlike dogs, cats aren't really very trainable and they're completely stubborn. My cats are determined to be in the middle of whatever I'm doing. I have a laptop and if I walk away and leave it open I'll come back to one of them sitting on the keyboard. The best advice I can give is just enjoy the fact that your cat wants so badly to be near you. Sara (http://www.pajamaprofessional.com)
• United States
25 Mar 07
Tell me when you find a solution haha. My cat can't lay ON our monitor because its a flat screen.. but she does lay behind it.. tries to chase the mouse on the screen.. paws my hands while I type.. lays on my homework. It's annoying lol.
• United States
24 Mar 07
Awww how sweet, he is on the monitor for a reason, he wants to be near you and watching your fingers move over the keyboard that is just the cat being a cat, why not make him a bed with his favorite thing to lay on near you that is not the monitor and just discourage him from going on. I have had several cats try to be near me when I am online usually they lay on the keyboard on try to lay on my lap, perhaps if you stopped more and paid him some attention he would stop trying to get your attention.
@mrsbrian (1951)
• United States
24 Mar 07
have you ever looked in your computer tower? now i like cats as much as the next guy but-im not sure that having them near the computer is a good thing, i mean there hair get all in your tower and along with the dust clogs things up, the water bottle idea sounds like a good one.
• United States
24 Mar 07
No, no. To me, it's cute that a cat's sitting on top of one's monitor. At least with him near you, even near the computer, s/he just doesn't want you to feel all alone and lonely. In fact, this happened to me a few times, and I let my cat sit on top of my monitor. This could be another sign that s/he loves you very much. In fact, i'd say it's wrong to shoo him/her away from there. S/he just wants to be with you.
• United States
24 Mar 07
try a spray bottle filled with water it doesn't hurt the cat but does get the point across that it's a no no. Mine was trying to get on my mantel and as I have candles and such on there I didn't want them to break and her get hurt I only had to spray her twice and she's never tried it again.
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
24 Mar 07
Oh well you have to not let your cat in the where you have your computer so that you will not have this problem as it must be very fasinating to the cat as you are moving your fingers over the keyboard, and of course it is very different in regards to your television.