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Kruss
03-28-2011, 06:55 PM
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.

Thanks for your suggestion!

I didn't realize they actually sell doorjamb protectors for workmen to make sure they don't scratch up homes/offices where they're working. I may investigate something like that and attach it a bit more permanently, so that Amber the Conquorer doesn't pull it away.

Capella
03-28-2011, 07:09 PM
Oh, I thought of something else--razors. When I got my second kitten, he thought the pretty-colored plastic thing on the edge of the bathtub made cool sounds as he chased it around the tub. Unfortunately, I didn't put the cap back on it. :( Came home from work and bloody paw prints all over the bathroom. (Fortunately superficial, but still a scary sight!)

immoimeme
03-28-2011, 08:08 PM
Cats are hunters, so anything that looks like a bug or a worm or a bird or a fly is attractive to kittens (and cats). Put whatever it is away/out of reach.

When Mollie arrived it was the computer cords that most interested her. I bundled them up in those computer cord cover thingies as much as I could but also I NEVER let her near the computer unless I was actively using it, and of course I unplugged it when I wasn't using it.

Mollie taught my old cats how to flush the toilet. I had to adjust the flusher thingie so that only I could flush it.

Mollie is very very small even at 4 years old so I always make sure there is NOTHING laying about that she can crawl into. NOTHING.

My house is pretty geared towards the comfort and safety of my cats, I admit it.

Jenny
03-28-2011, 08:53 PM
We've always had cats, including one who came to us at 6 weeks old, and who at almost 3 years, is still crazy.

Cautions:

Agree completely about anything resembling string - been there, done that, paid the enormous vet bill
Unplug (don't just turn off) anything with exposed cords when you are not in the room
Be sure to have the number and location of a 24-hour emergency vet contact handy - better safe than sorry
Get them fixed - even if they never go outside - as soon as the vet allows it

Suggestions:

Give them lots of stuff to play with, which should distract them (at least part of the time!) from your stuff - big favourites are ping pong balls, wadded up balls of tin foil, and wine corks
Provide a nice sunny spot to sleep - a windowsill or chair is ideal
As soon as the vet says it's OK, start clipping their nails (for your furniture and yourself) - when our little guy came to us I started playing with his toes right from the beginning, and now I can clip all four paws in less than a minute (recommend nail clipping scissors) - our older and otherwise docile cat did not get this early on, and she's really hard to clip

Wiery
03-28-2011, 09:00 PM
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:

:rofl: Sounds like our cat...she's up on the roof chasing squirrels half the day; sounds like a herd of elephants... :rolleyes:

acraven
03-28-2011, 09:05 PM
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.

It's great to get two kittens, but in my experience that increases the risk of damage to breakables. A single cat is usually pretty graceful and won't knock over very many things it can see ahead of time--unless it views the object as a toy, of course. Two cats chasing each other around, though, are a different story. Mine destroyed several pieces of pottery while they were playing. Definitely move glassware, porcelain, and the like to spots behind closed doors.

If your friend keeps houseplants, it's important to be sure they aren't poisonous to cats. Poinsettias, for example, are a no-no.

JerseySlore
03-28-2011, 09:32 PM
Why can't cats just stick to edible things? :(
I'm this close to offering daily house cleaning to my friend. She's always got so many scrunchies and all kinds of strings on her floor :yikes:

Patsy
03-28-2011, 09:38 PM
Add wrapping ribbon to the list of "string like things".

Oh, and be sure, if you have hot air heat, that all covers over access to all the vents are in place.

Artemis@BC
03-28-2011, 11:06 PM
Adding drawstrings to string-like-things. I came home one day when my girl was about 5 months old to find that she'd found her way into the (closed) closet, pulled the drawstrings out of 3 jackets that had been hanging up, and was in the process of knitting herself a cat's cradle with them. Luckily she was more of a string player & chewer than swallower (aside from that one Christmas with the tinsel ... never again ... )

But the main things to remember are that 1. kittens are utterly and completely batsh#t insane and 2. they (mostly) grow out of it.

Artemis@BC
03-28-2011, 11:20 PM
Further evidence that no matter how hard you try to kitten-proof the house, they'll find something (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_CWM3EFCFc&feature=related).

But securing the toilet paper is still a good idea (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpI5bkZbHJk).

Aussie Willy
03-28-2011, 11:33 PM
Further evidence that no matter how hard you try to kitten-proof the house, they'll find something (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_CWM3EFCFc&feature=related).

But securing the toilet paper is still a good idea (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpI5bkZbHJk).

Those kittens are just way too cute!:swoon:

sk8pics
03-29-2011, 12:18 AM
But the main things to remember are that 1. kittens are utterly and completely batsh#t insane and 2. they (mostly) grow out of it.

This. When I got Leo he was about 3 months old and totally crazy.:lol: This did not please my older cat, Callie. And now almost 5 years later he is showing very little sign of any maturity. Fortunately neither of them has ever bothered the toilet paper.

The most annoying habit of Leo, though, is that he likes to play with water. So, if he is not pleased with his dinner choice, he is likely to carry a piece of it over to his water bowl and drop the piece in and then "go fishing." :lol: For awhile I had one of those water cooler type bowls, so the big reservoir of water was upside down in one section and then there was another section that the cats would drink out of. The only problem was, Leo would start splashing in the water and then dragging the bowl(s) across the floor. Well, that would splash water onto the floor but it would keep refilling from the reservoir. So Leo thought that was great fun because he had basically an infinite supply of water. :rolleyes: I finally had to get rid of the reservoir part because I would come home to find giant puddles on the floor. Sigh. He still plays with water but gets majorly affronted if any water drips on his head, like if I'm doing dishes and he happens to be under my feet.

Erica Lee
03-29-2011, 01:45 AM
Suggestions:
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Give them lots of stuff to play with, which should distract them (at least part of the time!) from your stuff - big favourites are ping pong balls, wadded up balls of tin foil, and wine corks


My cats often play with wadded up balls of paper; however, I'd always thought that tin foil was a no-no???? (Not sure where I got that idea, so no idea how accurate it is.)

Kruss
03-29-2011, 03:31 AM
This. When I got Leo he was about 3 months old and totally crazy.:lol: This did not please my older cat, Callie. And now almost 5 years later he is showing very little sign of any maturity. Fortunately neither of them has ever bothered the toilet paper.

The most annoying habit of Leo, though, is that he likes to play with water. So, if he is not pleased with his dinner choice, he is likely to carry a piece of it over to his water bowl and drop the piece in and then "go fishing." :lol: For awhile I had one of those water cooler type bowls, so the big reservoir of water was upside down in one section and then there was another section that the cats would drink out of. The only problem was, Leo would start splashing in the water and then dragging the bowl(s) across the floor. Well, that would splash water onto the floor but it would keep refilling from the reservoir. So Leo thought that was great fun because he had basically an infinite supply of water. :rolleyes: I finally had to get rid of the reservoir part because I would come home to find giant puddles on the floor. Sigh. He still plays with water but gets majorly affronted if any water drips on his head, like if I'm doing dishes and he happens to be under my feet.

Wow, that's my KC to a T! She loves playing in the water. I had to get a ceramic water bowl, which she still spilled water out of. I put it into a small washtub, she'd push the bowl to splash the water out of it and then drink it from the bottom of the tub. Now her water bowl has to stay in the bathtub so that she doesn't ruin the floor or carpeting.

She likes to watch the water go down the drain, and loves to slop her big paws in the water. It's so funny how much she hates a water spray bottle, but otherwise loves being wet. As she jumps out of the bathtub, she literally leaves huge sopping wet kitty footprints on the rug. :rolleyes: :lol:

PrincessLeppard
03-29-2011, 05:06 AM
another possible issue (http://icanhascheezburger.com/2011/03/28/funny-pictures-live-in-paper-houses/#comments)