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    Can any one please tell me how to stop a boisterous kitten from trying to put her paws under the sewing machine needle when I am sewing. I have tried almost everything and don't really want to lock her up every time I go to sew. she is forever jumping up onto the machine cabinet knocking things every where and sewing with her near is a dangerous adventure.

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    She needs a motion toy nearby. Maybe find something that winds up?

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    Lots of kitty toys. Kittens really have to be kept busy.

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    She has a few but that does not stop her getting on the machine while I am sewing. she even walks on my computer and then puts her paws inside the printer if I am using it. Thanks for your helpful information.

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    I have to use a spray bottle of water when catasstrophy is in my sewing room all i have to do is pick it up and hes gone. works every time . he has very long hair it gets everywhere so i do what i must with out harming him.
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    I know Misty hates water. she comes into the bathroom but moves away from the bath when I wash myself off. She makes me laugh seeing her move to the doorway well out of splash range. I will get a bottle and try that as well. Thanks.

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    Close your sewing room door with her outside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annya
    Can any one please tell me how to stop a boisterous kitten from trying to put her paws under the sewing machine needle when I am sewing. I have tried almost everything and don't really want to lock her up every time I go to sew. she is forever jumping up onto the machine cabinet knocking things every where and sewing with her near is a dangerous adventure.
    A spray bottle filled with water and a squirt every time she jumps up. Won't take long to stop the behavior. I am not a cat person, so not the best person to advise. A cat would not be allowed in the sewing room; too many dangers around for a cat. My dogs are not allowed in the sewing room.

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    My cats rarely bother the needle anymore, but I also just shake my water bottle when they get a bit too close. Of course, they will have to have been sprayed with the water at some point to know that it's something unpleasant that they want to avoid. Since you won't want to spray water around your machine, you'll have to find other opportunities to spritz them when they're 'naughty'. It won't take but a time or two and they'll learn quickly. After that, just shaking the bottle is enough, you won't have to spritz.

    I love my kitties and don't like doing this, but it doesn't hurt them, they just don't like it. And in the end, you are doing what you must to keep them with you but still safe. please just remember if you do spritz to keep it a fine mist. No hard sprays in the face. (I'm sure you wouldn't do this anyway, but I do see it recommended here and other places sometimes.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissSandra
    I have to use a spray bottle of water when catasstrophy is in my sewing room all i have to do is pick it up and hes gone. works every time . he has very long hair it gets everywhere so i do what i must with out harming him.
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    this is what I would try too...cured a cat from jumping on counters...he hated it LOL

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    This is what I got for my cat, she loves it.
    Also, if it EVER breaks, Hammacher Schlemmer will replace it free of cost.

    http://www.hammacher.com/Product/78489?promo=search

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    Quote Originally Posted by waladopa
    This is what I got for my cat, she loves it.
    Also, if it EVER breaks, Hammacher Schlemmer will replace it free of cost.

    http://www.hammacher.com/Product/78489?promo=search
    Oh I need one of these too! but I have two cats. Wondering: should I get two?!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeaninmaine
    Close your sewing room door with her outside.
    that would not work with my 2 jack russels..! they would just cry or bark for me to let them in. i have 2 extra doggy beds for the dogs, in my sewing room. one sits to my left, and the other under my sewing table. they don't bother anything or get into anything..they are to old. lol

    never had a cat, so not sure how you would handle that..except for the spray bottle. seems like that would work!

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    Spray bottles work great Otis first met the spray at Christmas when she thought the tree would be great for climbing. Then the counter,then sleeping on the quilt on the LA, then sleeping on my ironing board, then, well you get the idea. She does none of this now. Some times I don't even move the bottle just say spray, She's not dumb! LOL

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    Get her a playmate, she just wants someone/something to play with.

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    Hope the spray bottle works for you. My cat would get sprayed and he would look around with curiosity with a look on his face that said "interesting...I don't recall them calling for rain..." and then he would go right back to what he was doing. LOL! :)
    Good luck with your kitlen! Hope her furry little paws stay safe. :)

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    For the price, I would get 2

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    OOps, I was trying to reply to the one about "should I get 2?"
    how do ya'll do that?

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    kitties especially don't like a citrus smell. to keep mine out of the plant dirt, i lay orange/lemon peels on the soil, & they don't bother them anymore. this would probably work if you rubbed lemon juice near your machine/table.

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    One great solution here:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-120576-1.htm

    But Miss Teddi would be hanging from it LOL

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    spray bottles (with water) work well on cats and dogs - both mine have learnt what that bottle means didn't take long either now only have to wave it at either of them if they are being naughty and off they go!! lol

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    My sons drop off cats & dogs when going away for the weekend. We use Sentry Calming collars for both dogs and cats. Keeps the household at peace until they are picked up again. It is all natural pheromones. The smell quiets them down.

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    There is that line between having the pets around for company and keeping them out of trouble.

    I'm still looking for it. :?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssgramma
    One great solution here:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-120576-1.htm

    But Miss Teddi would be hanging from it LOL
    I know Misty would be hanging from it too. She already does on the one at the back door, especially since3 I have to lock her inside. she is only 8 weeks old.

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    Annya, hooray for adopting a new kitten. Years of love and fun ahead. If she tries to get to the needle while you sew, just gently blow in her face. She'll back up and nothing will be wet. BE VERY CAREFUL (says the voice of experience) with pins and needles. I now keep mine covered always. Cost $2,000.00 to have a needle extracted from our kitten. Thank God I had the money.

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