Cats! Wherever they go, they leave little pieces of themselves behind. Yup, cat hair everywhere! If you’re like me, you don’t really appreciate going to work or to a friend’s house and coming back to find cat hair all over the couch. To that end, the only real way to keep cat hair off the couch is to keep the cat off the couch.
So … here are four easy ways to keep your cat off that lovely sofa:
Clear package tape
- Run a strip of clear package tape along the couch’s cushions. (You can substitute double-sided sticky tape, if you wish)
- Put a second strip behind it so that they’re about 2 inches apart.
- Cats hate jumping up on the couch and landing on the package tape. Little Miss Puss In Boots will stay off the couch while you’re gone.
- Pull off a length of foil that equals the length of the couch.
- Lay foil on the couch and lightly tape both ends to hold in place.
- When Princess jumps on the couch, she’ll be annoyed with the noise and the feel of the foil, and go elsewhere.
Cans with pebbles
- Save your soda cans, and rinse well.
- Let dry, and then fill about 1/4 of the way with pebbles. Use just enough so the cans will lightly stand up but also fall over if bumped.
- Tape the top of cans so the pebbles won’t fall out.
- Stand them on the couch at varying intervals.
- When Pookie jumps up, she’ll knock a can over, which will startle her. If you do this consistently, the cat will learn to stay off the couch.
Put the cat in the bathroom (or bedroom)
- This requires a little training, but is a sure fire method.
- If you get Miss Muffy used to being in the bathroom/bedroom for short periods, she’ll adjust to being left there when you’re gone.
- Naturally, you do need to leave a litter box, fresh water, and food for her.
- Don’t forget to give her a towel to sleep on and leave her favorite toy.
The nice thing about the first three methods is that you’re actually training the cat to abhor jumping on the couch, and eventually, you won’t have to do it every time. Little Miss SnuggleBug will have learned she doesn’t like the couch — at all!
With the last method, you’ve trained her to accept being put into another room, behind closed doors — which comes in handy when you have visitors that aren’t cat lovers.
Sources: Personal experience
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