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Decorating for The Cat Owner - How to Protect Your Possessions


The first thing a cat owner should know about home décor is to keep it simple. Cats are completely convinced that they are in charge, that the house and its possessions belong to them, and that they have every right to break rip or shred anything they like. Even a well trained cat (a possible oxymoron) will occasionally get overzealous, and with an inadvertent sweep of their tail will knock your favorite decoration from its place to a pile on the floor.

This disregard for your possessions, overt or otherwise, requires that you use some strategy when deciding on the placement of various decorative pieces. This is going to amount basically to common sense. Any surface that a cat can reach, they will walk on. Therefore low shelves or dressers should not contain any objects that are fragile. Items should be moved towards the middle of a surface, or back against the wall, to prevent them being knocked onto the floor. Items that have a broad or sturdy base should replace other more top heavy objects. Decorative accents that can shatter, such as ceramics or stone statues, may have to be replaced by steal or wood.

One way to display fragile items is to move them up. High shelves that are isolated from cat "stepping stones" will be out of dangers way. The same may be true of tall dressers, although unfortunately some cats will take a tall isolated dresser as a personal challenge, which they simply have to climb. Your décor will have to be matched to the personality of your cat.

Mirrors can also provide a problem, as some cats tend to attack their own reflection. If your cat has a problem with this, buying velvet or satin cloth and draping it over the mirror can be a decorative way to solve this.

Plants can be one of the biggest décor problems a cat owner will face. Your pet can chew on leaves, dig in the soil, or urinate in them. Luckily, there are ways both to decorate around these problems as well as to train your cat out of them. For biting and chewing of leaves, a natural spray repellent applied to the plant will cause most cats to avoid it. To stop a cat from rooting in or excreting in your plant you have to realize that the dirt in the pot is reminiscent of the cats litter box. In order to change this, use stones or gravel to fill over the top of the dirt. This will remove the cat's fascination with the soil, and can be a lovely decorative accent to your plant

Cat grass is a special kind of plant you can grow in your home that is specifically formulated to be safe for felines, and to provide them with certain vitamins they may be lacking. Purchasing this can give your cat an acceptable alternative to messing with your plants. When you see your cat eating the cat grass, reward them lavishly. When you see them going near other plants, pick them up and place them in front of the cat grass. If they eat the offered vegetation, then reward them. In this way you can use positive reinforcement to turn one behavior into another

Cats will scratch anything which is made of cloth, including couches, drapes, and pillows. Because of this, you may want to start by spraying natural cat repellent on your more attractive pieces. A plastic couch cover may have to be used for a short time while the cat learns to behave itself. Buying your pet a scratching post and praising it for scratching that instead of your couch is a good way to positively reinforce the negative behavior out of the cat. You will have to carefully monitor their progress, and only remove protective coverings from your furniture when you are sure they are safe.

While cats are a hazard to most décor, planning ahead can minimize these problems. Cats are so difficult to train that it is often easier to simply decorate around them. Using common sense, and paying attention, should allow you to develop a setting that compliments your pet owning experience.

Joey Lewitin is one of the authors that adds home decorating and design advice to the resource section of http://pebblez.com


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3 ways your pets feel the COVID-19 anxiety, too  Futurity: Research News

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Pets Q&A: Dealing with a digger  Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Pets of the Week | Pets  Index-Journal

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How to introduce a new dog to other pets  WTOC

Briona and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week - AZCentral
Briona and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week  AZCentral

Rio animal shelter delivers pets to Brazilians in lockdown – in pictures - The Guardian
Rio animal shelter delivers pets to Brazilians in lockdown – in pictures  The Guardian

Captain’s Log: Pet Food Oddities for Odd Pets During the Pandemic - Noozhawk
Captain’s Log: Pet Food Oddities for Odd Pets During the Pandemic  Noozhawk

Letter: Legislation would protect pets, livestock and people - Reading Eagle
Letter: Legislation would protect pets, livestock and people  Reading Eagle

Your pets are stressed out, too - Purdue News Service
Your pets are stressed out, too  Purdue News Service

Is it safe to take your pet to groomers as states reopen? Here’s what experts say - Fresno Bee
Is it safe to take your pet to groomers as states reopen? Here’s what experts say  Fresno Bee

Animals Matter: How to prepare your pet and prevent separation anxiety when you return to work - San Antonio Express-News
Animals Matter: How to prepare your pet and prevent separation anxiety when you return to work  San Antonio Express-News

10 things to do with pets in L.A. this coronavirus summer - Los Angeles Times
10 things to do with pets in L.A. this coronavirus summer  Los Angeles Times

Fire and Rescue saves ten pets from house fire in Toledo, Ohio - WCYB
Fire and Rescue saves ten pets from house fire in Toledo, Ohio  WCYB

A Paws for Pets - York News-Times
A Paws for Pets  York News-Times

You likely won't get COVID-19 from your pets—but you could give it to them - Medical Xpress
You likely won't get COVID-19 from your pets—but you could give it to them  Medical Xpress

Adoptable pets for May 29-June 4 - Knoxville News Sentinel
Adoptable pets for May 29-June 4  Knoxville News Sentinel

Pets perish in fire | News, Sports, Jobs - Fort Dodge Messenger
Pets perish in fire | News, Sports, Jobs  Fort Dodge Messenger

Pet Of The Week And Free Food For Pets - The Transylvania Times
Pet Of The Week And Free Food For Pets  The Transylvania Times

dvm360® and Banfield Pet Hospital Set to Host Virtual Career Fair - Odessa American
dvm360® and Banfield Pet Hospital Set to Host Virtual Career Fair  Odessa American

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria distributes 5K pounds of free pet supplies during coronavirus pandemic - WTOP
Animal Welfare League of Alexandria distributes 5K pounds of free pet supplies during coronavirus pandemic  WTOP

Pet of the Week Ruby | News - Independent Tribune
Pet of the Week Ruby | News  Independent Tribune

'The Kaylee Project' warns against dangers of leaving pets, kids in hot cars - WBAY
'The Kaylee Project' warns against dangers of leaving pets, kids in hot cars  WBAY

Rescue pets of the week: Ella and Shadow and Pirate and Slipper - SC Times
Rescue pets of the week: Ella and Shadow and Pirate and Slipper  SC Times

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Global Pet Oral Care Products Market Forecast to Generate Revenue of USD 2.81 billion by end of 2025  PRNewswire

Give Back Thursday: H.O.P.E. For Animals – low cost vet for pets - WANE
Give Back Thursday: H.O.P.E. For Animals – low cost vet for pets  WANE

Yolo County Animal Shelter shares tips on taking care of pets during the summer heat - ABC10.com KXTV
Yolo County Animal Shelter shares tips on taking care of pets during the summer heat  ABC10.com KXTV

Toledo Fire and Rescue saves ten pets from house fire in East Toledo - WNWO NBC 24
Toledo Fire and Rescue saves ten pets from house fire in East Toledo  WNWO NBC 24

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Pawsing 4 Pets: Give Quial A Fur-ever Home | River City Live  WJXT News4JAX

Oshkosh Area Humane Society has small pets for adoption - WBAY
Oshkosh Area Humane Society has small pets for adoption  WBAY

Man’s grooming routine for ‘pets’ will make you ROFL. Watch - Hindustan Times
Man’s grooming routine for ‘pets’ will make you ROFL. Watch  Hindustan Times

How to Cope with Losing a Pet - Tufts Now
How to Cope with Losing a Pet  Tufts Now

24 Adoptable Shelter Pets Available Right Now in San Antonio - San Antonio Current
24 Adoptable Shelter Pets Available Right Now in San Antonio  San Antonio Current

Pets of the week: Muese is a sight for sore eyes - Bucks County Courier Times
Pets of the week: Muese is a sight for sore eyes  Bucks County Courier Times

Pets of the Week: Speckles and Blythe - Daily Bulldog
Pets of the Week: Speckles and Blythe  Daily Bulldog

Craven-Pamlico pets of the week - New Bern Sun Journal
Craven-Pamlico pets of the week  New Bern Sun Journal

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue's Pet of the Week - Simon - Gilmer - Fetchyournews.com
Homeward Bound Pet Rescue's Pet of the Week - Simon - Gilmer  Fetchyournews.com

PET OF THE WEEK, JUNE 1, 2020: MEET NALA - wvua23.com
PET OF THE WEEK, JUNE 1, 2020: MEET NALA  wvua23.com

Adoptable Pet Of The Week - Sol - Santa Monica Daily Press
Adoptable Pet Of The Week - Sol  Santa Monica Daily Press

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Greeley cop log: ‘Cracked out’ women fight on yard; upstairs pets relieve themselves on porch, leaking to lower level  Greeley Tribune

Local pet kennel comes to aid of victims of abuse and their pets - Steamboat Pilot & Today
Local pet kennel comes to aid of victims of abuse and their pets  Steamboat Pilot & Today

DIGGING DEEPER: Pandemic pet problem - KVOA Tucson News
DIGGING DEEPER: Pandemic pet problem  KVOA Tucson News

Veterinarian Addresses Concerns About Pets & COVID-19 - WHMI
Veterinarian Addresses Concerns About Pets & COVID-19  WHMI

AWLA Provides 5,000 Lbs. of Pet Supplies to Pet Owners This Spring - Alexandria Living Magazine
AWLA Provides 5,000 Lbs. of Pet Supplies to Pet Owners This Spring  Alexandria Living Magazine

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Coco - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Coco  KCBD

Pets of the Week: May 28, 2020 - WSIL TV
Pets of the Week: May 28, 2020  WSIL TV

Furloughed workers hold pet food drive - WANE
Furloughed workers hold pet food drive  WANE

Colonial Capital pets of the week - New Bern Sun Journal
Colonial Capital pets of the week  New Bern Sun Journal

Ariana Grande Has Almost 1 Dozen Pets; Here Are Their Names and Types - Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Ariana Grande Has Almost 1 Dozen Pets; Here Are Their Names and Types  Showbiz Cheat Sheet

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Are you paying more attention to your dog or cat during coronavirus quarantine? You're not alone, survey shows  USA TODAY

Pet Tales: Guardian Angels train and meet up with partners, finally - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pet Tales: Guardian Angels train and meet up with partners, finally  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Virus delays flooding solutions at Austin Pets Alive! building  KXAN.com

PetValu invites pet owners to enter photo calendar contest - Middletown Press
PetValu invites pet owners to enter photo calendar contest  Middletown Press

May 29 roundup: Lawsuit protections, no layoffs and Pet Friday - Inside Higher Ed
May 29 roundup: Lawsuit protections, no layoffs and Pet Friday  Inside Higher Ed

18 products that actually remove pet hair - USA TODAY
18 products that actually remove pet hair  USA TODAY

Online Pet Adoptions a Success, Chicago Shelters Say - WTTW News
Online Pet Adoptions a Success, Chicago Shelters Say  WTTW News

Animal Humane Society hoping families adopt pocket pets who still need a home - KSTP
Animal Humane Society hoping families adopt pocket pets who still need a home  KSTP

Hidden Paws Network helping pet owners in need with free food, supplies - WeAreGreenBay.com
Hidden Paws Network helping pet owners in need with free food, supplies  WeAreGreenBay.com

How to Handle Your Pet's Anxiety - Lifehacker
How to Handle Your Pet's Anxiety  Lifehacker

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Thief makes off with dozens of puppies and birds from Bronx pet store  New York Post

How to prevent separation anxiety in pets as you head back to the office after Covid-19 - KVIA El Paso
How to prevent separation anxiety in pets as you head back to the office after Covid-19  KVIA El Paso

Adopting a Pet During the Coronavirus Pandemic - NBC 10 Philadelphia
Adopting a Pet During the Coronavirus Pandemic  NBC 10 Philadelphia

Pet Talk | Features | mtexpress.com - Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
Pet Talk | Features | mtexpress.com  Idaho Mountain Express and Guide

Mass. Pets Getting Seriously Hurt in Grooming Mishaps, Veterinarians Say - nbcboston.com
Mass. Pets Getting Seriously Hurt in Grooming Mishaps, Veterinarians Say  nbcboston.com

Families Foster Classroom Pets During Coronavirus Shutdown - NPR
Families Foster Classroom Pets During Coronavirus Shutdown  NPR

What to know before hiring a pet sitter or boarding facility - KELOLAND.com
What to know before hiring a pet sitter or boarding facility  KELOLAND.com

Local veterinarians seeing an increase of pets with snake bites - WBRC
Local veterinarians seeing an increase of pets with snake bites  WBRC

First-ever national virtual pet super adoption hopes to place thousands of pets - KUTV 2News
First-ever national virtual pet super adoption hopes to place thousands of pets  KUTV 2News

This is what happens to the pets left behind when their owners die from coronavirus - CNN
This is what happens to the pets left behind when their owners die from coronavirus  CNN

Coronavirus and pets: Scams exploit animal lovers in crisis - Los Angeles Times
Coronavirus and pets: Scams exploit animal lovers in crisis  Los Angeles Times

Pet of the Week, May 29, 2020 | News | kokomotribune.com - Kokomo Tribune
Pet of the Week, May 29, 2020 | News | kokomotribune.com  Kokomo Tribune

Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (5/27/20) - ABC15 Arizona
Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (5/27/20)  ABC15 Arizona

N.J. pets in need: May 25, 2020 - nj.com
N.J. pets in need: May 25, 2020  nj.com

Your quarantined pet may be acting odd. Here’s how to help. - The Washington Post
Your quarantined pet may be acting odd. Here’s how to help.  The Washington Post

Local realtors team up with animal rescue for pet food giveaway in Boardman - WKBN.com
Local realtors team up with animal rescue for pet food giveaway in Boardman  WKBN.com

Which Celebrity's Pets Would You Want to Quarantine With? Vote! - Billboard
Which Celebrity's Pets Would You Want to Quarantine With? Vote!  Billboard

This Nationwide Virtual Pet Adoption Is a ‘First-Ever’ - NBC Southern California
This Nationwide Virtual Pet Adoption Is a ‘First-Ever’  NBC Southern California

Pets strange behavior amid COVID-19 - 11Alive.com WXIA
Pets strange behavior amid COVID-19  11Alive.com WXIA

How to tell your dog or cat that Beshear said it's OK to leave and go back to work now - Courier Journal
How to tell your dog or cat that Beshear said it's OK to leave and go back to work now  Courier Journal

Will pets have separation anxiety when we go back to work? - Globalnews.ca
Will pets have separation anxiety when we go back to work?  Globalnews.ca

Pets and the Humans Who Loved Them - The Wall Street Journal
Pets and the Humans Who Loved Them  The Wall Street Journal

Pets will feel the shock when you go back to work. Here's how you can help - KUTV 2News
Pets will feel the shock when you go back to work. Here's how you can help  KUTV 2News

Man stabbed his dog, dumped pet in garbage bin, police say - The Spokesman-Review
Man stabbed his dog, dumped pet in garbage bin, police say  The Spokesman-Review

Protecting the pets | Toledo Blade - Toledo Blade
Protecting the pets | Toledo Blade  Toledo Blade

An App That Knows Your Pet Is More Than Just A Pet - WFMZ Allentown
An App That Knows Your Pet Is More Than Just A Pet  WFMZ Allentown

Veterinarians reveal the biggest mistakes you're making when buying toys for your pets - Insider - INSIDER
Veterinarians reveal the biggest mistakes you're making when buying toys for your pets - Insider  INSIDER

We have 19 special pets ready to be adopted: May 23-24 - SILive.com
We have 19 special pets ready to be adopted: May 23-24  SILive.com

Can it be a ‘family’ vacation without the family pet? - OCRegister
Can it be a ‘family’ vacation without the family pet?  OCRegister

Pet of the Week: Meet Tyson - The News-Messenger
Pet of the Week: Meet Tyson  The News-Messenger

Hill's Pet Nutrition to Support Animal Shelters Impacted by COVID-19 - PetProductNews.com
Hill's Pet Nutrition to Support Animal Shelters Impacted by COVID-19  PetProductNews.com

9 organizations giving a voice to US pet food processors - Pet Food Processing
9 organizations giving a voice to US pet food processors  Pet Food Processing

Meet this week’s Perfect Pet: Pablo - WSAV-TV
Meet this week’s Perfect Pet: Pablo  WSAV-TV

Pet of the Week: Meet Gaia! - WKOW
Pet of the Week: Meet Gaia!  WKOW

Nightmare scenarios as travelers attempt to fly with pets amid coronavirus - ABC News
Nightmare scenarios as travelers attempt to fly with pets amid coronavirus  ABC News

Pets for Life helps Madison pet owners survive the pandemic - Madison.com
Pets for Life helps Madison pet owners survive the pandemic  Madison.com

Pet Tips With Joel Silverman - FOX40
Pet Tips With Joel Silverman  FOX40

Cumberland County family looking for escaped pet bird - ABC27
Cumberland County family looking for escaped pet bird  ABC27

How's your pet's life in quarantine? - Herald-Mail Media
How's your pet's life in quarantine?  Herald-Mail Media

How Safe Are Pets from Coronavirus? - Yahoo Finance
How Safe Are Pets from Coronavirus?  Yahoo Finance

How to adopt your next pet safely and virtually - The Verge
How to adopt your next pet safely and virtually  The Verge

Expert Tips on How to Keep Pets Happy and Safe at Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic - PEOPLE
Expert Tips on How to Keep Pets Happy and Safe at Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic  PEOPLE

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