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post #1 of 25
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we have two brothers that are about 10 months old and are VERY curious. They are extremely good cats. they do not bite or scratch us ever and they usually are well behaved. But lately they have been acting up. the one dug up a plant and now we have to keep it in the bathroom because he keeps going and digging it up. his new thing now is OPENING THE FRIDGE yes thats right opening the fridge and the freezer. sometimes we wake up in the morning and the freezer is wide open. we had to throw a bunch of food out the other day because it was all warm from the door being left open. Does anyone else have a cat that likes to do this?
post #2 of 25
I used to have one who could do that and I had to put a special fastening on it eventually. On the plant, the only way I have managed to stop mine doing that is to put stones all round the plant in the pot, big enough pebbles to prevent them being hiked out by cat-size paws! But we love them anyway (sigh)
post #3 of 25
I would try to figure out how he opens the fridge...you could flavour the outer area with lemon, or put some chilli peper sauce, or something like this...in a while he would (hopefully) realise that the fridge is not such a funny object...Either this or he will start liking black peper..
post #4 of 25
Your cat is opening the fridge? Please check for opposable thumbs. If cats are developing opposable thumbs, we are all DOOMED. Doomed, I tell you.

I'm sorry, that was just my bit of fun. I'd put stones or something in the plant as Jenny suggested (I use pinecones in my plants). As for the fridge, maybe put a chair in front of it?
post #5 of 25
We used to have a cat that opened the fridge, we bought those child lock things that you get from Mothercare, I don't know if you have Mothercare in Canada but any shop that sells baby stuff should do them.
Anne
post #6 of 25
Thread Starter 
ive been thinking about getting some child locks. i just find it so weird! he opens both! we have even put heavy stuff on the doors of both the fridge and freezer and he still opens them! monster!
post #7 of 25
Your cat is opening the fridge? Please check for opposable thumbs. If cats are developing opposable thumbs, we are all DOOMED. Doomed, I tell you.


That is so funny. I thought the same thing when I saw this title.

I agree with the child lock idea. I had to do that for folding door where my washer/dryer is. My siamese cat keep pushing open the door. But the FRIDGE??? Scary smart cat. Good luck.

Cynthia
post #8 of 25
I don't have a cat that does this, but you might try purchasing a baby-proof thingy for the fridge. There are lots of options. You might try checking out Baby's R Us's website, or some such to find something that might work for your particular type of fridge.

Hope that helps!
post #9 of 25
I have never had a cat that opened the refrigerator but I have heard of it especially with Siamese cats
post #10 of 25
We are all doomed!!
Please keep your cats away from this site! If they can open the fridge then they can probably read too. Then they'll know how we've told everyone about their private issues!!
post #11 of 25
My 8 month old cat has learned how to open the cupboards. So I catch him in there resting in my pots and pans! Not where I want him to be! I'm going to have to look into child locks as well. Let me know if you find anything good!
post #12 of 25
Quote:
Please check for opposable thumbs. If cats are developing opposable thumbs, we are all DOOMED.
lol. We've been joking that with all of Puppy's extra toes, he actually uses them like opposable thumbs. I've seen him wrap his paw around objects to bring them closer! Good thing he hasn't figured out he fridge yet! He can pull open cuboard doors though.
post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by tourmaline
My 8 month old cat has learned how to open the cupboards. So I catch him in there resting in my pots and pans! Not where I want him to be! I'm going to have to look into child locks as well. Let me know if you find anything good!
mine open cupboards too but they dont sit in the pots they just look for their bag of food and knock it over also they arnt siamese
post #14 of 25
I would definitely look into the child safety locks. Maybe I should get some as well because opening the fridge is something Monty's likely to try one day.

What if a kitty opened the fridge, got in, and the door closed behind them. I've always worried about this because my fridge closes on its own. I don't imagine they can breathe very well in there if at all, and it would be so cold. What if they couldnt' figure out how to get out?? It seems like it might be difficult to open from the inside because it vacuum locks.

Sorry, leave it to me to spoil the fun of the thread.
post #15 of 25
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Originally Posted by furbum
I would definitely look into the child safety locks. Maybe I should get some as well because opening the fridge is something Monty's likely to try one day.

What if a kitty opened the fridge, got in, and the door closed behind them. I've always worried about this because my fridge closes on its own. I don't imagine they can breathe very well in there if at all, and it would be so cold. What if they couldnt' figure out how to get out?? It seems like it might be difficult to open from the inside because it vacuum locks.

Sorry, leave it to me to spoil the fun of the thread.

that is a scary thought but i dont think its something i would have to worry about. our fridge is so crappy it stays open and doesnt close on its own.
post #16 of 25
Both of our cats will leap up into the fridge when we open the door. This did scare me becuase if we did not notice the cat would be in perils. Other places we have found them that have got our heart racing was finding them lounging in the dryer. I laughed at the Mrs. when she told me to keep an eye on the cats while she was out. She wasn't kidding......
post #17 of 25
Good Lord some days I don't even feel strong enough to open the fridge!! It has suction seals, dammit!! How do your kitties do this???

Someone else suggested chili sauce...PLEASE don't put chili sauce on your fridge, if you were considering it. That's horribly cruel and cats have such sensitive mouths and tongues you could really burn them without meaning to. They're just being cats - they don't know it's naughty.

The pebbles idea for the plant is perfect - obviously something in the smell of the soil is prompting this, and plus, some plants make cats go a little nutty - it could well be the type of plant. Also, they're very smart, so once they discover something that is fun they'll just keep going back to it....little critters.

I would also suggest that the child-safety catches is a great idea. That should stop the little geniuses!!
post #18 of 25
Mine open the kitchen cupbords and play in among my pots and pans while I'm at work I had to install baby locks. Sibohan also has figured out how to open the door to the linen closet, so not only are the sheet on my bed furry from her sleeping with me but not the clean ones are too! Gotta Love them!
post #19 of 25
WOW!! If they can open the fridge pretty soon they'll learn how to use the can opener! The world as we know it will never be the same!

I've tried the pebbles in the plants idea too. Unfortunately Charlie decided it was more fun to pick out the pebbles and play with them then to eat the plants!! The plants are now up on the top shelf out of reach (for now).
post #20 of 25
I have TWO cats that can open the fridge. My black 11 month old foster and my bengal both can open the fridge. They haven't as yet figured out the freezer operates under the same principle.

I did put on a child lock and that works...provided I make sure I lock it all the way before I go to bed! If I don't, sure enough its open the next morning again.

Good luck!
post #21 of 25
Thread Starter 
i bought some child locks and put them on the fridge and freezer. as for the plant we had put it on top of the bookshelf that almost touches the ceiling and in the night he had jumped up there we are keeping it in the bathroom now when we arnt around. i cant believe how smart they are lol.
post #22 of 25
Hi! I'm new here! But your post caught my eye. Seems your boy started doing this WAY before my boy did!! I would first try to figure out HOW he opening the fridge, then try preventive tactics from there.

My Chin is about to turn 9 years old and I swear his intelligence ranks higher than most humans. Chin too likes to open fridges, as well as cabinets, peanut butter & catnip jars and even some household doors.

I have tried everything to persuade him to stop. The only good(?) news is that Chin seems to go thru phases where he is obssessed with the fridge; then others when he could care less about it.

Since Chin is an observant and fiesty fellow - he realizes he is not quite tall enough to grasp the handle, so he lies on his back and pulls at eh rubber seal around the fridge door until he opens the fridge, goes in and retrieves his hearts desire in food. (This is also the same way he opens cabinets and doors that dont quite latch) The only thing that ever worked and he could not somehow "move" out of the way was a 75 pund toolbox, closed and locked in front of the fridge door, near to where he grabbed at the seal. Since he is a very large boy (I'm convinced he's part Maine Coon - 22lbs and stands taller & longer than most small dogs) putting chairs, full paint cans & other things didn't work as he would just shove them out of his way or crafity work his way around them.

Chin can also open peanut butter jars & catnip jars by holding them in his fron two paws & kicking withhis back feet to "spin" the tops off. And he is so annoyed he doesn't have the opposoble thumbs to turn doorknobs! Though that doesn't mean he ever quits trying he knows HOW they work he just can't get them to cooperate! We had to replace all the door knobs with handles that you just push to open, because he figured them out.

He's a handful - though I wouldn't trade him for anything in the world!
post #23 of 25
Our brown spotted tabbies open fridges, cupboards pretty much anything.
post #24 of 25
hi
i thought i had the only cat that opened the fridge and its quite a large fridge
freezer. i didnt pay much attention ,perhaps thinking i sure i shut the frigde. until william my cat brazenly did it before my very eyes as though it was the most natural thing in the world.
I havent put any locks on it but i am very careful not to leave anything tasty because ive been greeted with food hes helped himself to outside my bedroom door, on a couple of occasions

emma.
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by LuvMyBabies
Hi! I'm new here! But your post caught my eye. Seems your boy started doing this WAY before my boy did!! I would first try to figure out HOW he opening the fridge, then try preventive tactics from there.

My Chin is about to turn 9 years old and I swear his intelligence ranks higher than most humans. Chin too likes to open fridges, as well as cabinets, peanut butter & catnip jars and even some household doors.

I have tried everything to persuade him to stop. The only good(?) news is that Chin seems to go thru phases where he is obssessed with the fridge; then others when he could care less about it.

Since Chin is an observant and fiesty fellow - he realizes he is not quite tall enough to grasp the handle, so he lies on his back and pulls at eh rubber seal around the fridge door until he opens the fridge, goes in and retrieves his hearts desire in food. (This is also the same way he opens cabinets and doors that dont quite latch) The only thing that ever worked and he could not somehow "move" out of the way was a 75 pund toolbox, closed and locked in front of the fridge door, near to where he grabbed at the seal. Since he is a very large boy (I'm convinced he's part Maine Coon - 22lbs and stands taller & longer than most small dogs) putting chairs, full paint cans & other things didn't work as he would just shove them out of his way or crafity work his way around them.

Chin can also open peanut butter jars & catnip jars by holding them in his fron two paws & kicking withhis back feet to "spin" the tops off. And he is so annoyed he doesn't have the opposoble thumbs to turn doorknobs! Though that doesn't mean he ever quits trying he knows HOW they work he just can't get them to cooperate! We had to replace all the door knobs with handles that you just push to open, because he figured them out.

He's a handful - though I wouldn't trade him for anything in the world!
You have a cat that can open jars!!! We need to see pics of this bad boy.

Welcome to TCS.

Cynthia
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