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How to Stop Your Cat Climbing Curtains

26 June 2015

GLOBAL - Climbing is a normal and natural habit of your cat or kitten but it can be frustrating to the owner where delicate and expensive fabrics are concerned. This guide provides some tips on how to stop your cat from climbing the curtains in your home, writes Lucy Towers, ThePetSite Editor.

As a cat owner, I understand the pain of watching tear after tear appear in your best curtains. The need and want to have something to climb is completely natural for your kitten or cat as they enjoy being in high places and they probably want to show you their impressive climbing skills.

However, for those of you who want your cat to have good house manners, I have provided some of the best ways that you can stop this bad habit. Preferably, it is good to start training while your kitten/cat is still young.

Top Tips

1. Water Pistol

This will not harm your cat but it will give them a little shock. If you squirt your cat once or twice with clean cool water, joined with a firm no, your cat will soon learn that it does not want to repeat that action. 

2. Scratch Post

It is very important to make sure you always have a scratch post available. When you see your cat climbing something it shouldn’t it is a good idea to give them a firm ‘no’ and to take them immediately to the post to show them that this is want you want them to scratch/climb.
Some cats like to try to climb higher than others so a bigger, taller or more adventurous scratch post might be a good idea to distract them.

3. Energy

Cats enjoy climbing because they have lots of energy they want to exert. It is very important that you give them lots of toys to play with and stimulate them. This should help to deter them from climbing. A wide variety of pet toys are available.

Please remember not to leave your cat alone with any toys that could be dangerous, such as elastic or string which they could become tangled in, or anything that could be a potential choking hazard.

Alternatively, you could create your own toys or climbing structure using cardboard boxes. Cats will play for hours leaping in and out of boxes – just make sure you cut lots of holes and ‘doors’ for them to peek out of.

4. Attention and Interaction

Make sure you spend lots of quality time with your pet. Cats and kittens would much prefer you to play with their toys with them, even if it is only just waving a piece of string. Sometimes climbing behaviour is their way of getting your attention. 

5. Blinds

Cats will find it harder and are less attracted to climbing blinds than curtains. If all else fails, it may be time to redecorate!

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Lucy Towers

Lucy Towers
News Team - Editor

After graduating from The University of Sheffield, Lucy joined 5M in 2011 as part of the News Desk team. In 2012, she was promoted to editor of TheFishSite. With previous farming experience and a love for the great outdoors, Lucy has a passion for wildlife and the environment.

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