How do I get my cats to stop knocking things over?
December 30, 2011 3:22 PM Subscribe
How do I cat-proof a bookshelf and desk? My cats like to climb on my bookshelf and desk and knock things off of them, sometimes for fun and sometimes to get my attention. I would like them to stop doing this.
posted by schroedinger to pets & animals (32 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Assume that not storing things on the bookshelf and desk is not an option, and I'm not able to buy storage containers to place on the bookshelf and desk.
I'm pretty sure they view this as a form of entertainment, because they'll look at me, carefully knock an item off, look at it, then look at me again as only adorably infuriating cats can. They do it to get my attention as well, since they like to wake me up by knocking stuff over when they're hungry. I am providing positive reinforcement by getting up and kicking them out of the room (thus providing attention), but I can't exactly ignore them when they're doing their best to break my stuff. I've sprayed them with compressed air and water, but that's just taught them to be scared of the sprayer. They persist in the destruction.
So I am not sure what to do next. I've moved as much small, knockable things off surfaces as I can but I have a pretty small place so there's only so much I can do.
Also: cats are about 10 months, so adolescents. They have plenty of toys and play with each other quite a bit. I play with them during the day as well.