How to keep cats off outdoor furniture cushions – without the need to get creative
Cats are known for their independent spirit, but that’s not always a good thing. If you’re anything like me, you have plenty of outdoor furniture cushions that your cat uses as a place to nap (okay, scratch) and that’s just the beginning of the troubles. Your cat just so happens to be very good at finding those hidden cat claws and when he does, it’s not a pretty sight.
Here’s a little trick I’ve learned and love to use in the summer to keep my cat from destroying those outdoor furniture cushions (at least the ones that I actually own).
Here’s what you’ll need:
A couple of outdoor furniture cushions
Cat repellent spray
A small rubber ball
You’re going to want to get creative and find a few different methods that work for you. The key is to get your cat off of the cushions as soon as possible. I’ve found that you can get the same effect using the below items for a temporary fix, but you can also take them home with you as a permanent solution.
The secret to this little trick is to make sure that your cat can’t get at the cushions. So, the first step is to get your gloves on, get the cat repellent spray, and spray it on the cushions. Then, you’ll want to place a small rubber ball inside. The ball creates enough of a distraction that your cat will just assume that it’s a toy and won’t bother trying to get at it. This is going to be your cat’s new best friend for the day and hopefully that will keep it safe from your furniture.
If you find your cat is still getting his hands on the cushions, then I have a quick tip that you can use. Rub your cat’s ears vigorously until it begins to squirm and act uncomfortable. If that works, then it’s a good indication that your cat may be looking for a place to scratch. It’s important to remember that your cat won’t scratch with his claws if he’s just looking for a place to scratch, so when you do this, remember to turn your cat’s attention away from the cushions by rubbing him on his paws.
Hopefully this has helped you keep your furniture in one piece and avoid having to resort to a little cat repellant spray. If you do end up using the spray, make sure that you don’t spray it directly onto the cushions. You want to spray it on your hand first and then rub it on the cushion. This will minimize the risk of any cat repellant transferring onto your furniture.
If you have any other cat furniture safety tips that have worked for you, let us know.
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I’ve been working hard with the girls to get the inside of the house cat-proofed. The girls have some pretty big cats that they get to have free range of the house.
The inside of the house has high shelves and we always have the litterbox under our bed. The litterbox is located right on top of the dresser in the room that the girls are allowed in. Sometimes they do get into it. I’m trying to keep that at a minimum.
I’m working on getting the cats toys secured away from the cat furniture. The first few weeks of this project have been going well and I’m really excited.
Today is one of the girls playing with the cats toys. We’re at the end of our time with each of the cats. The cats are going into foster care in a couple of weeks. We’re taking the last ones to the animal shelter with us. One of the cats, named Lucy has been with me for the past 4 years. She is my favorite cat.
We’re taking her to the shelter to give them time to say goodbye. She is a sweet girl and everyone will be sad to see her go. However, I know that she’s found a good home wting for her. She will be safe there.
I’m taking the rest of them to the animal shelter in a couple of days. They are coming from an abusive situation and I don’t want to traumatize them any more. I’m doing the best that I can to take care of them. They are getting a good start at the shelter with new homes. I’ll do what I can to make sure they are comfortable there.
This is one of the last things I have to do before the cats are officially gone. I’ve been working on this for a couple of weeks and now I can sleep better at night.
When we brought the cats into our home, there was no room to bring all the new stuff I’ve collected over the years. This is one of the reasons we came across the idea of foster care. There is plenty of room to expand with a foster home. It will take time to get comfortable in a new home, but if someone has an extra room to allow the cat to do it, they can give a cat a good place to live out the rest of their lives. The foster home has an extra room with a separate entrance.
This is one of the biggest changes that I’ve had to deal with in the past few months. I’m doing the best I can to look for a permanent home. There’s just so many of them. I’ll keep working on it.
The other cats have found homes with good people that I can’t be bothered to meet right now.
The next step is to get them all together and give them the one last bath and grooming they need before going into foster care. They will have to be handled carefully since they’ve been living in a house full of people that have been rough on them. They will get plenty of love from me though and I’ll treat them like my own.
Some people would think I have become a total dog lover because I rescued so many cats. I want to adopt a dog, but I want to work on getting a special needs dog first. I have to focus on getting one of these cats adopted because I need the mental health benefit of the cat therapy I’ve been getting.
I’m glad to have gotten a cat that is ready for a forever home so that I can stop keeping the other ones in the house.
I really want to adopt a dog and I have been researching different breeds online. But I’ve been told by different people that I shouldn’t adopt a mixed breed dog or even an older dog since there’s a chance they won’t live as long as a purebred dog. I can understand that. That’s why I want to adopt a special needs dog.
The next step is to decide which dog is going to live with us. I really can’t pick a favorite since the dog I choose will need to have an even greater chance of having a good life with me.
I don’t want to spend a lot of money, but I do want to get something that I’ll