Hi

My cat is about 3 months old, he wants to keep climbing and tearing the curtains trying to catch fly's or mostly to look out the window. First of all i am not even soppose to have a cat in my apartment complex but the landlord looks the other way, fortunately. I have had maintenace replace the blinds already now the cat is tearing them up as well. I've tried using a water gun, but I have a very agressive stubborn cat who refuses to give in. I refuse to have him declawed i think this is wrong, My two options left is to get rid of the cat or keep him shut up in the middle room of my house, I really don't want to do this, would anyone here consider that cruel?
[nq:1]From: "odie" (Email Removed) My cat is about 3 months old, he wants to keep climbing and tearing the curtains ... in the middle room of my house, I really don't want to do this, would anyone here consider that cruel?
I'm glad to hear you won't be declawing the cat. There are other options such as nail trimming or Soft Paws. There are also deterent sprays you can buy at pet supply stores to spray on the currents. I've never used them so can't tell you how well they work. However, your cat is still a kitten and fortunately they do outgrow this rambunctious stage. Do you have any cat furniture for him? They sell a nice floor to ceiling cat tree at Walmart for only $30. When you catch the kitten on the curtains, clap your hands and say "no" in a firm voice. Then take him over to his cat tree. When he scratches on the cat tree, praise him and reward him with a cat treat. I'm sure others in the group will come up with some more ideas.

Lauren __ See my cats: http://community.webshots.com/album/56955940rWhxAe Raw Diet Info: http://www.holisticat.com/drjletter.html http://www.geocities.com/rawfeeders/ForCatsOnly.html Declawing Info: http://www.wholecat.com/articles/claws.htm
Have you thought of getting this cat a scratching post and clipping his claws? A cat tree is also a nice idea as well.

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Hi My cat is about 3 months old, he wants to keep climbing and tearing the curtains trying to catch ... up in the middle room of my house,I really don't want to do this, would anyone here consider that cruel?[/nq]
on 8/17/03 3:53 PM:
Hi My cat is about 3 months old, he wants to keep climbing and tearing the curtains trying to catch ... some other toy or put him in another room. If you are consistent, he will learn to leave them alone.

Karen
[nq:1]Me, I would take the curtains down until he gets older and more trained. The blinds, I keep up during ... door, but never on a regular window and was wondering. I know the cats could look out easier with them.
Ssherry
on 8/17/03 10:01 PM:
Me, I would take the curtains down until he gets ... are consistent, he will learn to leave them alone. Karen

Hey Karen. Off the original OP's question but.. do you have regular miniblinds or verticals? We have a "pictire window" ... really nice because they can just push them aside and have them drape around. I've never had trouble with verticals.

Karen
[nq:1]From: (Email Removed) (Sherry ) Hey Karen. Off the original OP's question but.. do you have regular miniblinds or verticals? ... but never on a regular window and was wondering. I know the cats could look out easier with them. Ssherry
I have vertical blinds and the cats are great with them. Well that is except once in a while Mickey decides he must jump up on top of the valance. But they're nice because the cats can go between the slates. I do keep them open and pulled off to the side during the day. I think vertical blinds are much better than the horizontal ones with cats. If you have a typical doorwall size window, you can get vertical blinds pretty cheap at home depot. What I did was I got the doorwall size for my large picture window, and then I cut the bottoms because they were too long.

Lauren __ See my cats: http://community.webshots.com/album/56955940rWhxAe Raw Diet Info: http://www.holisticat.com/drjletter.html http://www.geocities.com/rawfeeders/ForCatsOnly.html Declawing Info: http://www.wholecat.com/articles/claws.htm
I had verticals put in ten years ago when I moved in here. They are plastic but look like fabric. There is no way the cats can climb them. I even had them installed away from the windows so the cats can sit on the window sill even when they are closed. My curtains are just scarves which are the style now and just drape around the outside of the windows.

Verticals are great! Mine still look like new.

Barb