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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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Calming Treats for Pets - The Daily Beast
  1. Calming Treats for Pets  The Daily Beast
  2. Fireworks tough on some pets, but safety steps can help  Hamilton Journal News
  3. Expert tips to keep your pets calm during July 4th fireworks  WJXT News4JAX
  4. Guilford County animal services provides tips to keep pets safe this holiday  WFMYNews2.com
  5. Keeping pets safe this holiday weekend  WEAU
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Animal Owners are Responsible for Securing their Pets over the 4th of July Weekend - Alachua County
Animal Owners are Responsible for Securing their Pets over the 4th of July Weekend  Alachua County

Keep pets safe this summer, July 4th - Fort Leavenworth Lamp
Keep pets safe this summer, July 4th  Fort Leavenworth Lamp

Wilson Fairchild and fostering pets: Where The News Leads - The News Leader
Wilson Fairchild and fostering pets: Where The News Leads  The News Leader

Woman starts secure digital program for pet-finding - Spectrum News
Woman starts secure digital program for pet-finding  Spectrum News

Banfield Pet Hospital's secret to happier vets and healthier pets - DVM 360
Banfield Pet Hospital's secret to happier vets and healthier pets  DVM 360

Pets Don’t Just Make for Good Company—Sometimes They Help Sell Homes, Too - The Wall Street Journal
Pets Don’t Just Make for Good Company—Sometimes They Help Sell Homes, Too  The Wall Street Journal

Clay County Animal Services partners with Petco Love to return lost pets to their loved ones - WOKV
Clay County Animal Services partners with Petco Love to return lost pets to their loved ones  WOKV

Increase in pets being relinquished to shelters in North Dakota - KFYR
Increase in pets being relinquished to shelters in North Dakota  KFYR

Pets on the Plaza: Meet Lucky - 47abc - WMDT
Pets on the Plaza: Meet Lucky - 47abc  WMDT

American Pet Products Association Shares Essential Summer Products for Pets and Pet Owners - PR Newswire
American Pet Products Association Shares Essential Summer Products for Pets and Pet Owners  PR Newswire

Pets, Pets, Pets - Amityville Record
Pets, Pets, Pets  Amityville Record

New Ellwood nonprofit looking to help people feed their pets - Ellwood City Ledger
New Ellwood nonprofit looking to help people feed their pets  Ellwood City Ledger

Futile veterinary care for pets is widespread, American study finds - Horsetalk.co.nz - Horsetalk
Futile veterinary care for pets is widespread, American study finds - Horsetalk.co.nz  Horsetalk

Pets of the week – Chicago Tribune - Chicago Tribune
Pets of the week – Chicago Tribune  Chicago Tribune

Fireworks: A spectacle to see, but a danger to people, pets and the planet - San Antonio Report
Fireworks: A spectacle to see, but a danger to people, pets and the planet  San Antonio Report

🌱 Mom Arrested For Leaving Kids In Car + New Pets For Adoption - Patch
🌱 Mom Arrested For Leaving Kids In Car + New Pets For Adoption  Patch

Pets on the Plaza: Meet Sadie and Sarah - 47abc - WMDT
Pets on the Plaza: Meet Sadie and Sarah - 47abc  WMDT

Pets of the Week: Meet Sally & Nutella! – Corridor News - San Marcos Corridor News
Pets of the Week: Meet Sally & Nutella! – Corridor News  San Marcos Corridor News

Be Kind to Your Pets, Stop Using Stuff that Kills Them - The Fayette County Record
Be Kind to Your Pets, Stop Using Stuff that Kills Them  The Fayette County Record

Preparing You and Your Pet For Hurricane Season - Carolina Tails Magazine
Preparing You and Your Pet For Hurricane Season  Carolina Tails Magazine

Snoqualmie Valley Pets: Leadership 101-Building a Bond with your Dog - livingsnoqualmie.com
Snoqualmie Valley Pets: Leadership 101-Building a Bond with your Dog  livingsnoqualmie.com

Watch our Vote 4 the Best Pets winner on Local 4 - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Watch our Vote 4 the Best Pets winner on Local 4  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

Saline County Senior Services helps older citizens, and their pets - Salina Journal
Saline County Senior Services helps older citizens, and their pets  Salina Journal

Solved! What Is Pet Liability Insurance for Renters, and Do I Need It? - Bob Vila
Solved! What Is Pet Liability Insurance for Renters, and Do I Need It?  Bob Vila

Family pets killed in Elyria fire - The Morning Journal
Family pets killed in Elyria fire  The Morning Journal

Pets & Pests: Comb through your options for the best critter control - The Burg News
Pets & Pests: Comb through your options for the best critter control  The Burg News

Tips on keeping pets safe during 4th of July celebrations - KABC-TV
Tips on keeping pets safe during 4th of July celebrations  KABC-TV

Face ID Pet Door Lets Your Pets in While Keeping Critters Out - My Modern Met
Face ID Pet Door Lets Your Pets in While Keeping Critters Out  My Modern Met

Dangers of foxtail grass: How it can kill pets - FOX 11 Los Angeles
Dangers of foxtail grass: How it can kill pets  FOX 11 Los Angeles

NEW BIZ: Waggers and Swaggers in Marble Falls outfits trendy pets - DailyTrib.com
NEW BIZ: Waggers and Swaggers in Marble Falls outfits trendy pets  DailyTrib.com

Pets of the week: Jasper, Mary and Pepsi are ready for adoption - Long Beach Press Telegram
Pets of the week: Jasper, Mary and Pepsi are ready for adoption  Long Beach Press Telegram

Keep These Barbecue Foods Away From Your Pets - The Takeout
Keep These Barbecue Foods Away From Your Pets  The Takeout

Ghost Simulator codes in Roblox: Free Pets, keys, and more (July 2022) - Sportskeeda
Ghost Simulator codes in Roblox: Free Pets, keys, and more (July 2022)  Sportskeeda

Lost & Hound: Find Toby In PA reunites missing pets with their families - The Burg News
Lost & Hound: Find Toby In PA reunites missing pets with their families  The Burg News

Alachua County Pets: Smudge, Bushy, Lupin, and Charlie Brown - WCJB
Alachua County Pets: Smudge, Bushy, Lupin, and Charlie Brown  WCJB

Black Desert: Pets Now Trainable for Tier 5 and Appointable as Alpha Pets - Player.One
Black Desert: Pets Now Trainable for Tier 5 and Appointable as Alpha Pets  Player.One

Pets, noise and fire: Fireworks concerns to consider on July 4 - Courier & Press
Pets, noise and fire: Fireworks concerns to consider on July 4  Courier & Press

Pets of the Week: June 30, 2022 - WSIL TV
Pets of the Week: June 30, 2022  WSIL TV

Patriotic Pets Celebrate + Granddaughter Loves Flag: MD July 4 Photos - Patch
Patriotic Pets Celebrate + Granddaughter Loves Flag: MD July 4 Photos  Patch

🌱 4th of July Parade Route Changed + New Pets Available For Adoption - Patch
🌱 4th of July Parade Route Changed + New Pets Available For Adoption  Patch

Reminder to never leave pets or children in hot car after person charged with dog's death in Horry County - WWAY NewsChannel 3
Reminder to never leave pets or children in hot car after person charged with dog's death in Horry County  WWAY NewsChannel 3

Central Garden & Pet Introduces GoodGood, a New Pet Wellness Brand Dedicated to Both Sides of the Pet-nership - Business Wire
Central Garden & Pet Introduces GoodGood, a New Pet Wellness Brand Dedicated to Both Sides of the Pet-nership  Business Wire

FIRE DEVASTATES KEY WEST HOMES; ALL PEOPLE & PETS ARE SAFE - Florida Keys Weekly
FIRE DEVASTATES KEY WEST HOMES; ALL PEOPLE & PETS ARE SAFE  Florida Keys Weekly

Pet stores, animal rescue advocates debate sales of popular pets in Clark County - Fox 5 Las Vegas
Pet stores, animal rescue advocates debate sales of popular pets in Clark County  Fox 5 Las Vegas

People With and Without Pets Blame Each Other for Disputes - The Korea Bizwire
People With and Without Pets Blame Each Other for Disputes  The Korea Bizwire

Arlington Pet of the Week: Hambone - ARLnow
Arlington Pet of the Week: Hambone  ARLnow

PG&E shares video on home hardening projects, emergency plan for pets - Plumas County Newspapers
PG&E shares video on home hardening projects, emergency plan for pets  Plumas County Newspapers

Smithtown Adoptable Pet Of The Week: Apple Fritter - Patch
Smithtown Adoptable Pet Of The Week: Apple Fritter  Patch

Take care not to leave children, pets in hot vehicles - Brunswick News
Take care not to leave children, pets in hot vehicles  Brunswick News

What to Look for in a Pet Insurance Company | The Ascent - The Motley Fool
What to Look for in a Pet Insurance Company | The Ascent  The Motley Fool

WoW pets turned into mounts by community member's toy design - PCGamesN
WoW pets turned into mounts by community member's toy design  PCGamesN

Waynesboro Police Department: Foxes rarely pose a threat to humans, pets - Augusta Free Press
Waynesboro Police Department: Foxes rarely pose a threat to humans, pets  Augusta Free Press

One Farm Introduces Ziggy Marley's Apawthecary Agility Powder - Pet Age
One Farm Introduces Ziggy Marley's Apawthecary Agility Powder  Pet Age

Charmy Pet introduces line formulated with Chinese herbs - Pet Food Processing
Charmy Pet introduces line formulated with Chinese herbs  Pet Food Processing

Tampa Bay area pets available for adoption - Yahoo! Voices
Tampa Bay area pets available for adoption  Yahoo! Voices

Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane, Maricopa County and Arizona Small Dog Rescue (6/29/22) - ABC15 Arizona in Phoenix
Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane, Maricopa County and Arizona Small Dog Rescue (6/29/22)  ABC15 Arizona in Phoenix

Can Pets Monkeypox? Experts Explain Risk to Dogs, Cats and Other Animals - TODAY
Can Pets Monkeypox? Experts Explain Risk to Dogs, Cats and Other Animals  TODAY

Upcoming special pet services offered by Panhandle Animal Welfare Society - WEAR
Upcoming special pet services offered by Panhandle Animal Welfare Society  WEAR

How Safe Are Secondhand Used Pet Supplies? - Earth911.com
How Safe Are Secondhand Used Pet Supplies?  Earth911.com

‘Fido Fixers' Van to Help Spay/Neuter Pets on-the-Go - NBC 10 Philadelphia
‘Fido Fixers' Van to Help Spay/Neuter Pets on-the-Go  NBC 10 Philadelphia

Do You Know How to Keep Your Pets Safe During a Disaster? - FEMA
Do You Know How to Keep Your Pets Safe During a Disaster?  FEMA

Why Should Kids Have Pets: 8 Evidence-Based Reasons - PsychCentral.com
Why Should Kids Have Pets: 8 Evidence-Based Reasons  PsychCentral.com

FTC Takes Second Action Against JAB Consumer Partners to Protect Pet Owners from Private Equity Firm's Rollup of Veterinary Services Clinics - Federal Trade Commission News
FTC Takes Second Action Against JAB Consumer Partners to Protect Pet Owners from Private Equity Firm's Rollup of Veterinary Services Clinics  Federal Trade Commission News

How to Get the Pet Leopard in Lost Ark - Twinfinite
How to Get the Pet Leopard in Lost Ark  Twinfinite

Adoptable Pets in St. Petersburg - The Gabber Newspaper
Adoptable Pets in St. Petersburg  The Gabber Newspaper

Majority of Hilton's hotels are now pet friendly - WTOP
Majority of Hilton's hotels are now pet friendly  WTOP

Pets Help AIDS Survivors Through 2 Pandemics - University of California, Davis
Pets Help AIDS Survivors Through 2 Pandemics  University of California, Davis

Amarillo Community Market hosts Patriotic Pet Parade on Saturday - KAMR - MyHighPlains.com
Amarillo Community Market hosts Patriotic Pet Parade on Saturday  KAMR - MyHighPlains.com

How pets give your kids a brain boost - BBC
How pets give your kids a brain boost  BBC

10 tips to protect your pets from fire - News 12 New Jersey
10 tips to protect your pets from fire  News 12 New Jersey

An Airbnb for your four-legged friends? Sniffspot lets pet parents rent private play spaces - WCVB Boston
An Airbnb for your four-legged friends? Sniffspot lets pet parents rent private play spaces  WCVB Boston

Pets of the Week - Meet Bruno & Charles - City of Arlington
Pets of the Week - Meet Bruno & Charles  City of Arlington

Insights on the Pet Services Global Market to 2027 - Featuring Barkly Pets, Bellevue Pet Sitters and Dogtopia Enterprises Among Others - ResearchAndMarkets.com - Business Wire
Insights on the Pet Services Global Market to 2027 - Featuring Barkly Pets, Bellevue Pet Sitters and Dogtopia Enterprises Among Others - ResearchAndMarkets.com  Business Wire

Animal shelter to NRA and gun restriction foes: No pets for you - NBC News
Animal shelter to NRA and gun restriction foes: No pets for you  NBC News

Packed Bay Area Animal Shelters Need Help Finding Homes for Pets - NBC Bay Area
Packed Bay Area Animal Shelters Need Help Finding Homes for Pets  NBC Bay Area

LIST: Adoptable pets at the Houston Humane Society - KPRC Click2Houston
LIST: Adoptable pets at the Houston Humane Society  KPRC Click2Houston

Keeping Pets Safe During Home Repairs - ASPCA
Keeping Pets Safe During Home Repairs  ASPCA

Creative dog names that animal shelters use to help pets get adopted - TODAY
Creative dog names that animal shelters use to help pets get adopted  TODAY

Moore: Pet milk memories - Tyler Morning Telegraph
Moore: Pet milk memories  Tyler Morning Telegraph

Having a Pet Dog Could Protect You Against Crohn’s Disease and Improve Your Intestinal Health - SciTechDaily
Having a Pet Dog Could Protect You Against Crohn’s Disease and Improve Your Intestinal Health  SciTechDaily

Veterinarians Best Tips For Pet-Owners - BuzzFeed
Veterinarians Best Tips For Pet-Owners  BuzzFeed

Peachy and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week - The Arizona Republic
Peachy and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week  The Arizona Republic

Tulsa Humane Society Giving Away Free Pet Supplies - News On 6
Tulsa Humane Society Giving Away Free Pet Supplies  News On 6

In My Opinion: PET recycling lessons can transform industry - Plastics Recycling Update
In My Opinion: PET recycling lessons can transform industry  Plastics Recycling Update

Pet of the week: JJ - Fort Bragg Advocate-News
Pet of the week: JJ  Fort Bragg Advocate-News

Pets of the Week at Pasadena Humane - Pasadena Now
Pets of the Week at Pasadena Humane  Pasadena Now

The Great Crate Debate: Why It's Okay to Crate Your Pets - Psychology Today
The Great Crate Debate: Why It's Okay to Crate Your Pets  Psychology Today

Animal shelters struggle against overflow of abandoned pets - KSL.com
Animal shelters struggle against overflow of abandoned pets  KSL.com

New Data Shows Increase in Number of Pets Killed in U.S. Shelters for the First Time in 5 Years - PEOPLE
New Data Shows Increase in Number of Pets Killed in U.S. Shelters for the First Time in 5 Years  PEOPLE

What do veterinarians do for their own pets + best care tips - Insider
What do veterinarians do for their own pets + best care tips  Insider

Pets for adoption from local rescues | Home + Life + Health - Arizona Daily Star
Pets for adoption from local rescues | Home + Life + Health  Arizona Daily Star

Monroe County Animal Control features its Pets of the Week - Monroe Evening News
Monroe County Animal Control features its Pets of the Week  Monroe Evening News

Pets available for adoption - week of 06/06/22 | PHOTOS - Capital Gazette
Pets available for adoption - week of 06/06/22 | PHOTOS  Capital Gazette

Talking pets and parasites with U of M - UMN News
Talking pets and parasites with U of M  UMN News

Pets Plus Us Pet Insurance Review 2022 - Investopedia
Pets Plus Us Pet Insurance Review 2022  Investopedia

As people surrender pets they can't always afford, Alaska's shelters struggle to house them - Anchorage Daily News
As people surrender pets they can't always afford, Alaska's shelters struggle to house them  Anchorage Daily News

Can Dogs Get COVID? Here's What to Know About the Virus and Pets - NBC Chicago
Can Dogs Get COVID? Here's What to Know About the Virus and Pets  NBC Chicago

NY pet stores fear bill banning animal sales would put them out of business - Spectrum News
NY pet stores fear bill banning animal sales would put them out of business  Spectrum News

Seattle Has the Cutest Shop Pets—Here's Proof - Seattle Met
Seattle Has the Cutest Shop Pets—Here's Proof  Seattle Met

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