by Doris Donnerman
(last updated February 17, 2009)
You may just love that La-Z-Boy. It's soft, it's comfortable, and best of all, it reclines. What could be better? After that long day of work, it's nice just to come home, plop in the recliner, watch your favorite sitcom, and stroke the cat. Well, if you have a cat, then you could stroke it, but there is one problem with this picturesque, suburban scene: the recliner/cat mix. While you may not have thought about it, recliners and cats are not a good mix, and here's why you should avoid it.
The recliner, well, reclines. That's its purpose, and when it does recline, it creates more surface area, more room on which to relax. This is great for you, but not necessarily so great for your cat. Cats like to relax too, you know, and the La-Z-Boy may just seem like the perfect place for an afternoon cat nap; but what happens when that spring is tripped while the cat is relaxing in that cozy nook of the chair? While it's a funny mental picture, it might not be so funny for your cat, and definitely not funny for you if your cat is injured.
If your cat has a hard time staying away from the recliner, try a few tactics to deter such behavior. For a few days, keep an eye on the cat when it's in the room with the recliner, and whenever the cat attempts to do a little reclining of its own, scare it off and eventually the cat will stop trying to take its turn in the La-Z-Boy.
If simple scaring doesn't really work, you could also always try spraying your cat with water every time it's in the recliner or attempting to get into the recliner. Simple training techniques will be effective in helping your cat stay away from the recliner and your cat will consequently stay safe! Don't worry—your cat can find a different place to chill.
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