Kitten-proofing stair bannisters?
January 28, 2010 8:35 AM Subscribe
Dear cat-owning MeFites, please help a new kitten owner: what's the best way to kitten-proof a stair railing with a dangerous drop-off?
posted by Creosote to Pets & Animals (25 answers total)
We've had 4 adult cats in our current house before, and they never had problems with the stairs, but now we've got two 8-week-old barn kittens we've saved from becoming owl fodder (the probably fate of a sibling or two). But our house has its own dangers of course. Primary one is the stairway going to the second floor. At the top the stairwell is surrounded by open bannisters with gaps that a kitten can easily get through. At the far side that means a straight drop of 8 feet to a hardwood floor, or (worse) to the bottom stair or two. Unless we keep them cooped up in one room forever, they'll have to deal with this eventually.
My provisional idea is to put a couple strips of duct tape with the sticky side facing outward along the rails. Low enough for them to see over, to be aware of the drop, but high enough to discourage them from stepping over and weaving through the rails. I'm guessing it is not a good idea to block the whole set of railings much higher as that could lead to a jump to the top of the railing to see what's there, if the kittens aren't aware of the heights.
Any thoughts from experience will be much appreciated...