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« on: February 21, 2012 03:32:56 PM »

I have a five month old kitten who wants my crochet and knitting to die.  He goes crazy attacking the wool (and my hands/legs).  I've tried keeping the skein covered as I work, but then he goes for the yarn in my hands.  Our other kitten has no problem.  I crochet a LOT and I can't bear the thought that I'll have to shut him out of the room every time I work.

Does anyone have any tips on how you keep your cats from attacking your work?
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2012 03:22:44 PM »

Keep a spray bottle of water beside you. Every time the cat attacks, just give him a little squirt and he'll run so fast you'd think you set him on fire! Eventually you'll only need to reach for it and he'll run. I use it to deter scratching the furniture and jumping onto the table with our cats, but it's a constant battle because cats are willful, evil creatures, and we are merely their staff Tongue

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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2012 03:22:50 PM »

AMEN! I have always felt owned by the felines in the house~ Water is their only enemy~
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2012 03:52:00 PM »

If you are using wool then your cat may, in part, be reacting to the natural smells in the fiber.  When I was using Alpaca yarn in a scarf my cat was very much reacting to the smell of the yarn.  You may consider making your cat some sort of toy with the wool.  If your cat is reacting to the sent, then you can distract your cat with the toy.  Obviously, cats being cats, things don't always work out that smoothly.  But you can also add some catnip to get a further boost of distraction out of the toy.

Good luck, I tend to let my cats get away with too much because there's no way I could lock them out of the room.  I'd either never see the cats or never crochet!

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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2012 12:01:08 PM »

My kitty would do the same when she was a little kitten. I have a water bottle with stones in it. When she does something naughty....climbing the curtains, scratching the TV screen...scratching the sofa. A sharp shake of the bottle and she runs of and does'nt do it again. Just got to make sure you don't make eye contact once the noise has been made otherwise they associate it with you and get fearful of you.

Or....she will probably grow out of it. At that age kitty's are so so playful, mines only 18months and I already miss her being that young  Cry

« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2012 10:35:44 AM »

Thanks for the ideas!  I've tried the loud noise thing but they've both got too used to that.  Will give the spray bottle a go!
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2012 05:03:57 AM »

Sure the spray bottle will do the trick, but a more subtle approach you could try, as cats generally aren't too keen on citrus scents, I have a room deodoriser with a fruity scent next too my chair, and luckily my cat turns it's nose up and leaves me alone. Depends how persistant the cat is!
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