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Freedom can kill!

Before Human Rights activists come knocking on my door, let me explain what I meant…

We have just moved houses. And while we absolutely love the new house, there’s one thing that’s worrying me quite a lot. Our front door leads directly onto a busy road. So from now on, Alfie is back to being an indoor cat. That’s totally fine, as he was an indoor cat the whole time we lived in Amsterdam (until he was 2.5).

So I started looking into different ways to can stop him from running away out the font door.

After a thorough research, here are a few ways to cat-proof your exits:

1. Start with the basics: don’t leave doors and windows open

That doesn’t mean you can’t open the window – of course you can, just make sure your cat isn’t in the room / can’t access that room while the window/balcony door is open. Cats can squeeze through tighter spaces than you might think so don’t risk it by leaving the windows open for “just 2 inches”.

2. Ask everyone to watch out 

Tell all your visitors (guests, cleaners, kids) to be careful when opening/closing the door. They probably don’t even realise how dangerous it is.

3. Make doorways scary

A few options:

Motion activated sprays – a battery powered gadget that delivers a short burst of unscented spray/compressed air every time there’s motion in front of the sensor, like the ssscat or SpraySentry ones:

ssscat

* Water spray bottle – keep it outside the door and use it every time you see your cat behind the door to teach them that’s not a fun place to hang out in.

* Motion activated alarm – they go on every time your cat (or a person) go near the door. I think that might confuse your cat as they won’t always be able to link the alarm to something they do. Plus, it might annoy your neighbours.

radio shack

* Noise maker – such as a can half full of coins. Cats hate that noise so using it every time to open the door should help scare the cat away from the door.

* Electric shock mats – they give a mild electric shock when your cat steps on it. The idea is to place it indoors in front of the door and your cat will learn quite fast that area is a no go. Personally I would never use electric shocks on my cat unless nothing else worked. Plus, your cat might just jump over it, so I doubt how reliable it actually is.

ScatMat

These are the options I found so far. And I have actually just applied one of these. Check out my next blog post to see which one and whether it worked or not.

How do you cat-proof your exits?

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