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« on: August 21, 2008 02:22:09 PM »

I just moved in to a new apartment; it's huge, and I love it!

The only problems are my cats. They sneak in to my roomie's room at night, and while she is very tolerant of them, they wake her up and scare her!

This is how they sneak in:

They go in through the kitchen, and since her door is usually closed, they can't get out and wake her up again...
She has put picture frames up on the ledge, but the cats just knock them over and make more noise.

Also, I live in the upstairs loft, with a 15-20 foot drop to the floor (measurements: not my strength) which the cat, of course, has jumped off more than once instead of using the stairs (which just take too long, apparently). It doesn't seem to hurt him, but I have a teenager-ish aged kitten that is not big enough, and she keeps trying to copy her big ol' daddy and jump too.

Clearly, this all must be stopped.

So if anyone has any good ideas for a screen/block of some sort (preferably that will still let light in; that is the only source of natural light) for the kitchen gap, or any ideas for a jump-deterrent for the loft gap, please let me know!

Also, if you can think of anything neat (and inexpensive!) to put on those blank walls (we JUST moved in a few days ago) it would be very helpful!

Thanks so much in advance!

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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2008 02:29:12 PM »

 maybe you could fill the space with some foam pieces... to eliminate a landing spot... but in case they jumped up anyway, at least not something heavy to fall off, seems like they might eventually "forget" they ever jumped up there and then you can remove the foam... look in and around dumpsters and cut something to fit

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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2008 02:39:04 PM »

Thanks, that MAY work, but I'm worried it would be too ugly. The picture is taken from an awkward angle, but you can see what is on the ledge from the kitchen and it is almost a focal point in her room.

I may suggest some sort of folding, fabric-covered screen, but I don't know how sheer it would have to be to let light in.

Also, the big loft ledge is 142" long, if that helps anyone's sense of scale.

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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2008 03:00:16 PM »

What if you made a screen using clear acrylic panels? They aren't really cheap, so that would be a big drawback. I don't know if you have a Habitat ReStore near you, but they always have windows and stuff from old houses that you can buy, and if you're clever, you might be able to rig something up that way. I thought about using a sheer fabric that you could put between two tension rods (one on top. one on bottom), but you have cats, and cats climb and tear fabric, unless your cats don't have claws.
A sheer white could let in a lot of light without letting the cats through and tension rods won't leave drill holes in the walls, unless you have stubborn cats, then you might have to screw something into the wall.
Or what about threading a bunch of large, translucent beads onto a strong, thin wire (like picture hanging wire) and stretching that between two tension rods? That could bring in a lot of light and color, but it would be very time consuming (and possible costly, depending on the beads). Just some suggestions. I would love to see what you end up doing with the space!

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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2008 03:11:03 PM »

I needed a similar solution some time ago, to avoid our cats from jumping out of a window at the second floor (one of the cats got out onto the windowsill and slipped of ... fortunately she only lost one teeth, not her life).

I made a frame of wooden slats and covered it with net lace ... didn't think, it would stop the cats, but it did. After some time, they made some holes into the net lace, but then they lost the interest at this window.

Maybe this could be a way, to close your holes? I have no idea about your woodworking skills, but a rectangular frame is not too catchy to make.

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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2008 03:12:35 PM »


we use 3form products at work and they offer a reclaim product. it's been used already but it's cheaper. all the panel sizes and costs vary but some of them are just super cool.


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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2008 03:16:56 PM »

How about tacking up a nice gauzy material as a curtain of sorts only anchoring the bottom of the curtain as well so the kittys can't get through it. You'll get light that way and hopefully stop any kitty suicide attempts.

« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2008 03:22:22 PM »

Wow, great ideas!

Love the beads and the acrylic ideas... plus there is one of those Habitat stores less than FIVE miles from my apartment and I never would have known, so thanks!

Also, the idea of foam sounded so ugly, until I actually saw it! I had no idea they made pretty foam, I guess in my head it all looks like the dirty foam in the pit from my gymnastics years.

Thanks, keep 'em coming if you can, and I'll check out that Habitat store tomorrow, I hope!

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« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2008 06:03:19 PM »

You could try putting some bubble wrap on the flat part of the ledge. I know that it's supposed to help deter cats from jumping up onto countertops.  That wouldn't be visible, and it wouldn't block your light.

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« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2008 06:14:47 PM »

Maybe you could put one of those lattice fences for gardens and stuff in the spaces on one or both sides and in the middle put a plant in it

I know my cat hates fragrent stuff, perfume and stuff so maybe put a big strong smelling candle or something that smells really strong and is pleasent but cats wont like it

and the last possible thing i could think of is ask her to leave the door open for the cats to come in at out when they please

and when you see them climing say no and spray them with water and they might learn

if none of those work ill try to come up with some more

and as for the walls colorful picture frames maybe ?
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« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2008 10:22:30 PM »

It wouldn't be pretty, but it might work until you get a better idea - but how about checking yard sales for baby gates?  You could probably get them cheap at a yard sale, and who knows, maybe you'll be able to paint them or do some other decorations to them?
« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2008 06:39:45 AM »

I tried a baby gate on my stairs once as a speed bump (they run up and down the stairs together like it's their own personal race track) and it didn't even slow them down. Unfortunately, I think the gap is too short (in height) for a baby gate too.  Undecided

I never understood how bubble wrap could be a cat deterrent; my cats LOVE that stuff, it would definitely attract them! Same with fragrant things; they investigate it, then if they find it is not edible they just knock it over and move on.

My roomie really loved the idea of the beads on some clear wire, so we may try that. She gets some of the setting sun that comes through that window, so we both think it would look really nice if it reflected through some large prismy-cut beads.

I made some mini string art on my walls last night, and it looked amazing, so I may try that to fill some of the larger spaces. I'm checking out that Habitat store today too, I'm so excited! Woohoo!

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« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2008 07:30:56 AM »

I also recommend lace curtains as someone else mentioned.  It stops my cat from going out the window.  In my case I didn't make a frame for it, I put up 4 hooks, one in each corner, and just hooked the lace to it.

I sympathise with your jumping cats.  I had a cat some years ago who gave birth to a litter of kittens.  Imagine my horror one day when I walked into the kitchen to find 2 mewing kittens (about 2 weeks old!) on top of the kitchen cabinets, and my cat sitting on the counter with a third kitten in her mouth.    ARG!!
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« Reply #13 on: August 22, 2008 09:07:27 AM »

Maybe you could try putting packing tape on the ledge to keep them from climbing up there.  I guess cats don't like sticky stuff on their paws.  At least you can kind of hide the packing tape and it won't interfere with anything too much.  And it might work better than fabric curtains as they will be less likely to claw on them.  Worth trying anyways!

I used packing tape on my couches to keep my cat from clawing on them.  It worked I think.  I mean, I never saw her clawing on them after that.  Also, you could try balloons.  If they pop they scare the kitty and they don't wanna mess with them anymore.  I dunno, packing tape and balloons worked for me!  I hope that maybe it will work for you! Wink


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« Reply #14 on: August 22, 2008 09:51:32 AM »

Okay, it's not a screen, but my friend has two cats that are not allowed certain areas...but being cats they test that each day. What she did is she bought some of that clear plastic that people put out to protect carpets (http://www.shoplet.com/office/db/CWNCP0312CL.html) The link is really expensive, but you can buy it at K-Mart, Lowes, etc. I had some in my apartment in college to put my bike on. Anyway, underneath it has spiky pieces that are originally supposed to keep the plastic from sliding on the carpet...but flip it over and it's cat deterrent! They hate the spiky pieces up under there paws and stay off where she has it. I bet putting a sheet of that up there would keep them off, plus it wouldn't block the openings.
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« Reply #15 on: August 22, 2008 10:18:24 AM »

I don't know if you have a plastic store around you but maybe your hardware stores nearby may sell it. You can buy sheets of clear acrylic plastic, glue the edges together and place them against the kitchen hole, maybe hold it with some tape. That would let light through and even kind of muffle sounds for privacy.


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« Reply #16 on: August 22, 2008 04:25:43 PM »

I would take and build a frame from square wooden dowels (pretty cheap at home depot) and get some rice paper or vellum (or both) from a craft store (I'd wait for it to be on sale just cause I am a cheapie) then build a frame to fit the space and use the paper for detail, both rice paper and vellum are both very translucent and actually quite pretty it would fill the area and fufill what you need them to (fill the space and look pretty and still let plenty of light shine through. 

as for art for the walls, I would consider taking scrapbooking paper and any left over wood bits from the other project and create some square art by wrapping and gluing the edges of the papers over the boards on the ends.  I would group them with a number of different styles and do groups of them so that they fill the space and add color and interest to the space without detracting from the area. 

If you need more of a 'visual' on the window bits I could easily mod your photos and show you a few different ways it could be done.

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« Reply #17 on: August 22, 2008 06:41:11 PM »

what about glass blocks?  i'm not too sure how expensive they are, but you can find them at home depot/lowe's.  and they will still let natural light in.

« Reply #18 on: August 23, 2008 08:38:24 PM »

Wow, thanks, you guys all have some really creative ideas!

I have decided that because the downstairs is black and red, I want the upstairs to be different but not to clash. (Like my old coral/orange did with the red, ick!) I decided on pink, green and brown, with some cherry blossoms for the loft decor.

As for the cats, my roomie really liked the idea of beaded wires, but we haven't done it yet. The packing tape is a great temporary solution, and I also like the idea of the plastic with the little spikes (Especially for my upstairs loft gap). We'll just have to start testing things to see what works!

Thanks, and let me know if you have anymore ideas!

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