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meierfan
03-28-2011, 02:44 AM
Our kitten ate the surround system cords, and chewed through my husband's computer cord, he came home and found it sparking on the carpeted floor, it was a miracle that it didn't electrocute her!

I would be careful with the lining of furniture, our kitten managed to get into the lining of our couch and caused havoc, and it was so hard to get her out, the poor thing was so scared and confused.

Kitchen sponges! I don't know how many Mr. Magic's I found all over the floor, and I do not want to know how much of it ended up in her stomach.

Aussie Willy
03-28-2011, 03:41 AM
Remove fragile things from high places that a kitten can climb upon. Lest you end up with broken things on the floor.

JasperBoy
03-28-2011, 04:27 AM
Kittens and cats love to crawl into dark spaces. Ducts, under beds, behind walls, etc.
Be sure all access points are safely covered or your friend might have to do some emergency renovating!

Speaking of which, I know someone whose kitten crawled into a bag of wet paintbrushes. She was covered in paint and had to spend a couple of days at the vet having it removed from her fur and gut. Dangerous and expensive.

Kruss
03-28-2011, 04:37 AM
Anyone have any ideas on protecting doors from kitty scratching? We have two cats that we must keep separated. My cat is fine (she's the one inside the large master suite), but the other cat tries to get into the room and has scratched up the bottom of the doorjam - literally scratched the wood apart. We are moving soon and do not want damage at our next home.

I'm thinking there must be something we can attach to the doorjam and bottom of the door to protect it from her scratching. But I'm stumped as to what we can use. Any ideas are welcome. :)

Aussie Willy
03-28-2011, 05:11 AM
Cats won't stop scratching but you can try and prevent the damage they do by trimming their claws. Just use a normal pair of nail clippers to remove the tips of the nails so they are squared off and no longer sharp. Be careful you don't trim down too far to the pink part of the nail. My cat is quite used to it because I have been doing it to him since he was a kitten.

Kruss
03-28-2011, 05:30 AM
Thanks! Actually, my sister regularly trims the cat's claws, but she's still pulling apart the wood. I am looking for ideas to cover the wood and protect it.

dbell1
03-28-2011, 05:46 AM
Giggling here - as soon as I opened this thread, Ember the wonder kitten jumped on my arm and stared at the computer screen. She knows!! :yikes:

Anita18
03-28-2011, 06:40 AM
We got the younger cat as a tiny kitten and she got into EVERYTHING. Luckily she was smart enough not to chew cords, since I had a ton of cords lying around. :lol: Mostly we just made sure we didn't have a lot of things teetering on shelves and I have to add to the advice to hide anything stringlike. Or heck, anything that hangs down and can be batted. Clothing sleeves in your closet count!

The kitten was also a nice kitten by not eating anything that's not edible, even if it's small. Which is good because my roommate sometimes leaves around buttons and twisty ties and I found her chewing one of my stitch markers once. :o She DOES have a habit of drinking water out of any container though, even if it's dirty water for rinsing brushes. :o That happened just last week and I heard her take a few slurps before I was like, "NO!" and got her off my table and changed out the water. Yeesh, cat!

My friend had cats she got as kittens and her roommate drove her nuts by leaving knives lying around exposed on the kitchen counter. If your friend is apt to do that, tell her not to do that. :o But I never do that due to my own klutziness so it wasn't an issue for me. I also always keep the toilet lid down so that wasn't an issue for me either.

The fact that she's getting two kittens might help, because they'll play with each other instead of trying to get your attention by getting into things. Or maybe it'll be worse, probably depends on the cats. :lol:

Otherwise, you'd be really surprised at how resilient those tiny creatures are. A few times our kitten would launch herself off the back of the couch directly into the wall, fall the 4 feet to the floor, and came out none the worse for wear. :rofl:

Aceon6
03-28-2011, 02:33 PM
Anyone have any ideas on protecting doors from kitty scratching? We have two cats that we must keep separated. My cat is fine (she's the one inside the large master suite), but the other cat tries to get into the room and has scratched up the bottom of the doorjam - literally scratched the wood apart. We are moving soon and do not want damage at our next home.

I'm thinking there must be something we can attach to the doorjam and bottom of the door to protect it from her scratching. But I'm stumped as to what we can use. Any ideas are welcome. :)

You can get plexiglass strips at the hardware store. Have them cut to the dimensions you need and attach them with wood screws.

Kruss
03-28-2011, 03:01 PM
Thank you! That will be great for the door. :) I'll need to figure out something for the doorway too. She picks apart the bottom of that more than the door itself. If only she'd play nice, I could leave the two together.


You can get plexiglass strips at the hardware store. Have them cut to the dimensions you need and attach them with wood screws.

BaileyCatts
03-28-2011, 03:06 PM
Giggling here - as soon as I opened this thread, Ember the wonder kitten jumped on my arm and stared at the computer screen. She knows!! :yikes:

:cat:'s ALWAYS know!! :rofl:

Skate Talker
03-28-2011, 04:31 PM
Thank you! That will be great for the door. :) I'll need to figure out something for the doorway too. She picks apart the bottom of that more than the door itself. If only she'd play nice, I could leave the two together.

You can get the plexiglass cut to fit that too perhaps? I'm sure it could be relatively thin. Another thing you can find for a door is of course the brass kick-plate. Though those are usually mounted on exterior doors they should work and might come in the right size and with mounting gear.

I had forgotten about my cat getting inside the sofas. So far she has only managed this with our old and replacement sofa beds. Every once in a long while she will disappear for hours and that is one place she might be. I always get worried in case she snuck outside somehow. Because we live on a mega-busy highway and she has no car sense we don't let her out. Besides she has a perfectly good full-window sun room for all the fresh air she needs.

I forgot to mention on the chewing front that picture frames are another favourite target. I defy anyone to predict that kind of munching - just to show you cannot possibly be pre-prepared for everything.

Rob
03-28-2011, 04:59 PM
And electrical cords- bundle them up as neatly as possible and hide them behind objects where possible.

And unplug what you don't need plugged in. My friend's kitten is a cord freak - he has chewed through several phone chargers, her laptop charger, and her laptop cooler cord. Fortunately, not plugged in.

And it is not just kittens. My cat is 12 years old, and she has just discovered electric cords. She never paid a lick of attention to them before and now she is circling all the lamps trying to get at the cord. This started when my husband started leaving his phone plugged in on his bedside table (instead of on the dresser), and she discovered it was a neat toy. Now she knows about electric cords.

Also, tie up the cords on your window blinds and clip them high up on the blind. It is a drag to have to replace or re-cord your blinds.

IceAlisa
03-28-2011, 05:03 PM
Oh my. People have some really naughty kitties. My parent's cat, one of them, found a piece of string lying around after my mom was sewing on a button or something. That cat would sell her soul for string.

Unfortunately, the string still had the sewing needle attached to it. All of which she swallowed. So one kitty endoscopy and about $1,600 later the needle was out and the cat was fine. She was lucky they were able to get it out via endoscope, otherwise it would have been abdominal surgery. :yikes:

SmallFairy
03-28-2011, 05:23 PM
great advices in this thread!

be glad you are not bunny proofing your house, they chew on absolutely everything. (they're the most adorable animals though, love my bunny to death) (and our old, lazy cat as well!)

Best of luck to you and your friend with the kitties:)