by Doris Donnerman
(last updated February 17, 2009)
In many ways, pets are like your kids. They somehow manage to be everywhere all at once, and they also somehow manage to get everywhere they're not supposed to. Do you have a cat that is always getting into trouble by being in the wrong area of your home or scratching furniture that it should not? You're not alone. Here are some simple tips to help keep cats away from certain areas in your home.
Probably the easiest way to keep your cat away from certain areas is just to close off the area. Don't try using a baby gate to keep the cat away though, because cats are agile and can easily scale the gate and enter the prohibited area. Shut the doors leading into those areas you want to protect, and then there's no way your cat can go where it's not supposed to.
Another trick you can try is keeping a water bottle with you, and when your cat is somewhere where it's not supposed to be, squirt a little bit of water at it. Cats are not huge fans of water and so water trick should work most excellently. Another idea, although this one would definitely be my last choice, is to sprinkle a bit of vinegar surrounding the areas you don't want your cat to go. The smell of vinegar will signal to the cat to keep a wide berth. However, this could signal to you and other people, to keep a wide berth as well.
Cats are pretty smart and so after a bit of training, you shouldn't have to worry about your cat going places it shouldn't. Pets are nice and fun, but are not nice and not fun when they go places they shouldn't. Your pet should be enjoyable to have around, so make sure that it is!
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