Cat proofing the house… and one step closer to calling them our children.

When we moved out of our old townhouse, we had just devised a system of where to put everything we didn’t want the cats to touch, out of their reach. The food was inaccessible, the toilet paper was hidden, and Jin couldn’t chew on my glasses any more after I put them in the bedside table. There was the catnip raid from a couple of weeks ago, but by that point we were halfway packed to move, and couldn’t care less.

So since we’ve moved into this house, it’s been a whole new learning process of how to keep the cats away from different items. Most important: the food.

CatProof01

Both Jin and Polly have very sensitive stomachs, and the slightest overload of protein sets their bowels-a-blazin’ in a colorful variety of ways. Luckily we found some child-proof cabinet devices at ACE, which has become our second Target.

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As you can see, there’s a white thing that latches onto another white thing, and a human thing has to push it to open the door. The cats will figure it out, within the 6 months, but until then they are terribly vexed!

Another major issue we didn’t even think about was the fireplace, which has no barrier except for a flimsy, easily movable metal screen. We made getting fireplace doors a priority, and quickly found out that it’s next to impossible to get them installed with our style of fireplace. So while we wait for fireplace glass door technology to evolve (I anxiously await their next keynote!), we went with the next best thing: duct tape. And it’s actually working pretty well.

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Clearly the aesthetics leave something to the imagination, but we can always paint the duct tape. Seriously though, we’re still working on getting some doors from somewhere, and in the mean time I think we’re going to screw it in to the stone or something. I haven’t thought about it much, it’s been bumped from top priority since I got Beatles: Rock Band.

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7 Comments to “Cat proofing the house… and one step closer to calling them our children.”

  1. We got the popcorn all ready with blankets and all snuggly on the couch and…nothin! Just an un-smiley fact at Vimeo. How do we watch #6541000?

  2. Sorry! Technical difficulties. It should be working now… or now… or…

    now…

  3. Wait a minute…false alarm, sorry, we found it!

  4. Duct tape. Bet it makes you wish you’d thought of that before you called the stone mason for your other project. An added bonus: no electricity required.

    I drove Cecil by your new place yesterday on the way to the Hanscom’s for a birthday party. He’s already been forewarned that the exterior walls are not a climbing gym. When I told him, his faced looked strangely like Jin and Polly’s after meeting their sticky silver nemesis.

    • Ha, well I appreciate you telling him. I wouldn’t have thought about it until he was halfway up to the roof. We did just get our 2 foot retaining wall re-mortared in the backyard, so he could climb on that?…

      With how infatuated he was with our townhouse, I feel like he’s going to be the only person who does not approve of our new digs. 🙂

  5. Glad to hear we are not the only ones who have to deal with
    “cat proofing”.

    And I can speak highly of the BM metropolitan color, you should go for it!

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