Benchmark-Furniture

Cat Proof Your Furniture and Decor

Your furniture and decor are what give your house character, style, and aesthetic satisfaction. However if you have a cat or other domesticated pet you may have noticed that there are certain perils to the house's decor inherent in your cat's presence and activity patterns. Cats can be a danger both to themselves and your decor as they leap, stalk, and flex in their daily feline adventures. These animals are active, curious, adventurous, and at times unpredictable. Thus it makes sense to cat proof your furniture and decor to whatever degree is possible and reasonable. Your cat and your decor can coexist relatively peacefully if you follow some of these simple suggestions.

Blind Cords
If you have blinds, they could be a hazard to your cat. Dangling blinds' cords are irresistible to cats as bouncy and responsive playthings. However they are also strangulations hazards. Cats have become entangled in these cords strangled themselves on fairly numerous occasions. Picture that happening to your cat for a moment and you will be motivated to take steps to prevent your cat meeting such a bizarre and horrible end. Even in the best case scenario, your cat could simply have an uncomfortable and upsetting entanglement experience. Prevent all this occurring by simply tying or looping cords over some high object like a hook, curtain rod, or window lock. Go for the maximum inaccessibility possible while still keeping the cord within your reach.

Hide Small Valuables
Cats and kittens will play with small valuables if they are easily accessible. Some examples here are jewellery, keys, key chains, cell phones, and eyeglasses. There are probably many others you can think of. It is simple enough to simply hide these items. You might put them in a locked jewellery box, upper closet shelf, or drawer. Don't leave them on the coffee table or some easily accessible lower shelf. Keep in mind that cats can and do leap impressive distances and heights. If they see something interesting or just happen to leap onto a surface with small valuables, they may end up either knocking them over or playing with them. This can either damage the objects themselves or, worse yet, cause your cat to try to eat them and choke or break teeth.

Place Breakables out of Reach
Still more perilous in some ways are larger breakable valuable items like vases, wine glasses, dishware, clocks, framed table artwork and so forth. These items can easily be knocked over by a cat that doesn't aim its jump quote right or bumps into it while prancing around on a table. The item falls, breaks, the pieces are sent in all directions, and you have no one to blame but yourself (you can hardly blame the cat. After all, it doesn't know which items are valuable and breakable and which are not).

The obvious solution here is to keep the most valuable items on surfaces where the cat is unable to jump. This means higher shelves, mantle pieces, and so on. Of course, you will probably want some fine decorative items on lower surfaces. Aim, though, to make them the less breakable pieces. You can also integrate soft rugs into the decor under the surfaces on which these items rest.