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I pride myself in having patience with my cats... BUT..

post #1 of 29
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I purchased a new desk and credenza for my office. The cats are not doing well. They CONSTANTLY jump up and start pushing things off the desk. They also climb my legs and basically just get in the way. I wouldn't mind this from time to time but it's constant.

I've gotten to the point I'm quickly starting to lose my patience and I don't know what to do. I don't believe in spanking animals and these guys have never been hit. But I honestly don't know what to do.

This is bad. I mean they sometimes jump into my lap then cling on the back of my chair (cloth) and climb my back to get to the top of the chair. Of course it's excrutiatingly painful, even with trimmed claws.

Any suggestions?
post #2 of 29
Of course hitting them is a . Loud sound works for me. I have this roll of "cartolina" paper (what postcards are made of). The cats scatter when I hit the wall or desk or chair with it. I keep it hidden though. They are only scared by the sound it makes. If they get hold of it, they'll tear it to pieces.
post #3 of 29
Stupid question maybe, but is there no door on that room?
post #4 of 29
Thread Starter 
Certainly not a stupid question at all. Unfortunately no there isn't. I didn't set my office up in my spare room. I put it in the dining area. I did this because I didn't want to have to buy another TV etc.

I am just coming off a contract now and when I'm not on a job I spend approximately 18 hours a day on my PC. I thought about locking the cats in a room but that's just too long. Of course I can do that at odd times but I just feel like that's punishment.

Ugh.
post #5 of 29
Give them an alternative like a cat condo in the room. But you have a new piece of furniture and of course they are going to be curious, particularly if you are paying attention to something on the said furniture (your computer).
post #6 of 29
Thread Starter 
Good idea. I got them a scratching post with a ball on a spring on top while I was shopping at Wal-Mart today. Figured they'd like that, and they certainly do.

They don't even get on the desk when I'm gone. it's only when I'm here. But I can be sitting on the couch in the other room and they'll get on. It's irritating because they get on the desk, then push off everything they can with their paws. They aren't trying to be messy, they're just pawing at the stuff, but it still makes a huge mess. lol
post #7 of 29
Kittens learn about the world through the exploration they're doing. I'd like to tell you that as they grow older, they won't push stuff off, but I'd be lying.

One thing that works for my cats is to put a sheet of paper on the floor. They love to lie on it.

As someone else mentioned, a cat tree that they can climb and lie down and watch you, perhaps with some toys on the various "landings." My cats like to be in my office when I'm in here. Punkin likes to lie on the windowsill or on top of a karaoke machine or in a shoe box top or on a piece of paper. Sterling likes being on top of the guitar amplifier, which is looking a little the worse for wear.
post #8 of 29
i totally understand because my cats do the same thing....i pulled an additional chair next to mine for the cats to sit on.
post #9 of 29
Thread Starter 
Well I got this far . I've got dual monitors on this PC and she's fixated on one while I work on the other.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=BuEykYBhHo4
post #10 of 29
maybe you can try cat repllent spray.

or

Some do swear water spray works! Just shoot them with the water when ever they go places where you don't want 'em to go. But watch out for the water since this is not a kitchen counter
post #11 of 29
All my cats seem to be scared of the air can.

When they do something bad, I just take the air can and point it at them. They usually squint their eyes a bit and take off, but if they don't, I let it hiss just a little and they take off.
post #12 of 29
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Originally Posted by fastnoc View Post
Well I got this far . I've got dual monitors on this PC and she's fixated on one while I work on the other.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=BuEykYBhHo4
LOL that is great!
post #13 of 29
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Originally Posted by fastnoc View Post
They don't even get on the desk when I'm gone. it's only when I'm here. But I can be sitting on the couch in the other room and they'll get on. It's irritating because they get on the desk, then push off everything they can with their paws. They aren't trying to be messy, they're just pawing at the stuff, but it still makes a huge mess. lol
Get a kitty condo or two and set them up near your desk. I have one shelf on my computer desk cleared off, and I put a kitty blanket on it. Randy sits there happily (only occasionally showing an interest in my cursor). Major Tom sits right next to him on a microwave cart (sans microwave) with another kitty blanket. When either makes a move toward the "no no" part of my desk, they get a loud "TSSSSSSSSSST!", and then a "goo'boy" when they move back to the kitty-safe area.

They want to be near you! They know they could help you with your work, if you'd only let them!
post #14 of 29
Thread Starter 
Just for clarification....

A kitty condo is one of those wood poles with a couple platforms on it that cats can climb and there are places they can lay in different spots, right?
post #15 of 29
i call mine a cat tree but that is what you are describing. i bought one for my 2 reprobates a few weeks ago and they love it! it has 2 platforms, scratching posts with mice on elastic hidden in them, balls on strings hanging down, it's great!
post #16 of 29
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OK just wanted to make sure we were all on the same page with kitty condo. but cat tree is what I've called it too. So it's the same thing.

I'm going to go get one today. I saw some at Petsmart for about $130.00 Does that seem about right?
post #17 of 29
You can get them for a good deal less than that, if the price is a concern. You can even buy them online on e-bay for next to nothing, but the shipping is pretty hefty. Check Wal-Mart, Target, etc.

Somebody else mentioned a squirter. I've used a little spray bottle, set on "stream," essentially like a squirtgun to get the cats to stay away from some place.
post #18 of 29
Another noise maker you might try is a soda can with a couple of pennies in it. It makes quite a racket. If you shake it each time they jump up on the desk, they may stay off. My Toby hates the sound of my blow dryer. If he is pestering me in the morning while I'm trying to get ready for work all I have to do is pick up the blow dryer and ZOOM!, hes gone.
post #19 of 29
Thread Starter 
lol. that works for me with the vacuum cleaner. They scamper away the moment I open the closet.

I thought about the squirt bottle but since I've got thousands of dollars worth of electronics on my desk that might not be a good solution

Money isn't really the issue on the cat tree but nobody wants to spend more than they have to. I'll check that out starting today.

Thanks for all the help!
post #20 of 29
Make sure the base is steady. In my zeal to find a deal I bought one that could not hold up to kitten play. It toppled over.
post #21 of 29
I work from home too and find that if I'm going to get anything done the cats have to be away from me. Generally, they sleep in the back of the house. I'm never on my computer for 18 hours so I can leave them there while I work but if I ever have to work for a long time I just give them breaks every so often. They run for a while and I make a new drink, use the bathroom, whatever until they're ready to go back to sleep.
post #22 of 29
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Originally Posted by CC12 View Post
Make sure the base is steady. In my zeal to find a deal I bought one that could not hold up to kitten play. It toppled over.
if you aren't renting, you can attach one to the wall to make it more secure - that's what i did w/my eBay one [seemed a bit wobbly to me!]
here's the one i got on eBay - it was $71 including shipping. you can see that even at the price at the armarkat site, you can do better than at Petsmart/Petco type places - that site has free shipping on most of their trees, too.
post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
if you aren't renting, you can attach one to the wall to make it more secure - that's what i did w/my eBay one [seemed a bit wobbly to me!]
here's the one i got on eBay - it was $71 including shipping. you can see that even at the price at the armarkat site, you can do better than at Petsmart/Petco type places - that site has free shipping on most of their trees, too.
Man, i love that one! the ones I've seen at petco/smart are pretty cheezy. Actually I wish I was at a home i owned and had a garage. I'd just make a really nice one like I want. But alas, I'm in a condo for the time being.

I think I'm going to get that one. it looks perfect. I can drive some hefty screws in the wall and anchor it with straps. Shouldn't be a problem. It'll give me an excuse to use the new DeWalt I just bought (snicker)
post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by fastnoc View Post
I think I'm going to get that one. it looks perfect. I can drive some hefty screws in the wall and anchor it with straps. Shouldn't be a problem. It'll give me an excuse to use the new DeWalt I just bought (snicker)
well, before you decide - check out the MANY trees on the site - you might find something that goes w/your decor better. i chose that one because my walls are dark blue.
mine love it, tho! here
post #25 of 29
I see you got some great advice here! Please, please don't ever hit the kitties!!!! Corporal punishment doesn't work. As others have indicated here, using distraction techniques, reinforcement (like the canned air, scary noises) are fine. And giving them their own places to hang out while you work so they can do their kitty thing while you do your human thing is terrific.
post #26 of 29
Thread Starter 
Yeah I refuse to hit them. I just get frustrated. My parents liked to spank our dogs, and us but when I grew up it just didn't make sense. I don't believe in hitting AT ALL.
post #27 of 29
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Yeah I refuse to hit them. I just get frustrated. My parents liked to spank our dogs, and us but when I grew up it just didn't make sense. I don't believe in hitting AT ALL.
Good for you!!! My grandfather used to say, good children don't need to be spanked and it doesn't help the bad ones!

One thing I do with my rambunctious shelter kitties is pin them... not hurting them of course, tug their scruffs or blow a puff of air in their faces. I will occasionally give a finger tap on the nose or head - not a hit at all, mind you. Like a momma cat would do ... a little rap with a paw .. to let junior know he/she is out of line. This has to be done immediately b/c they need to associate it with what they just did that you didn't like or behavior that is getting out of hand.

I have one kitten now who sometimes has to have a "time out". Pin; pinch; tap; "NO, Akon"; scoop and into his cage!!! And he complains! Raaaawwwwrrroooooooo!!!! Like a little kid... No mommy, don't put me in a time out!!!

This is him!

post #28 of 29
From another work at home person whose cats play on my desk constantly, here are some things you can do.

First of all choose a static screensaver, one that doesn't move. Movement attracts kitties. Get a tall board and place it up alongside the top of your computer shelf where your printer is- my cats loved to lay on top of my printer and now the board is so tall, it discourages them from trying.

Any time you leave the room, turn your monitor off (if you keep your computer on all the time)

http://www.bitboost.com/pawsense/ if they play on the keyboard as mine do, this software will protect it.

Be sure the cat condo you purchase is tall enough and strong enough to stand up to rough cat play. Place it so they can see you at all times, but not close enough that they can leap from the condo to your desk- talk about scaring someone!

Get a large round rubber tub, put a few ping pong balls in it, sprinkle some catnip on the bottom and let them have this playground only when you are on the computer (not all the time).

Instead of spanking a cat, there are devices you can set around your home office to deter them www.contech-inc.com has some good ones that will scare them but not hurt them.

Keep a long sheet of tin foil nearby and flap it when they get to close. The noise will make them flee.
post #29 of 29
Nova wants to be the center of attention, so she sits on my important things- laptop, homeworks, whatever. I keep extra papers on my desk as a decoy.

She doesn't like to be brushed, so if she goes on the desk and lays on something important... I groom her.

Sorry, I don't have any suggestions... the ones you have gotten sound pretty good. But I do sympathize!
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