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    Trying to outsmart the cat

    Do any of you know of ways to outsmart the cat when you are quilting? When I am sewing on a binding, the cat will grab the glass heads of the pins and pull them out. Also, I left the serger on the table and the cat had thread from the living room in one direction to the Lanai in the other. She loves to take her teeth a claws and run with the threads. Needless to say, it took a while to get it straighted out and rethreaded (manually). I decided to make a cover out of a prequilted fabric to fit the serger. So far she has left it alone, but my husband thinks that won't be long. While I am typing right now, she is getting into the desk drawer and throwing all the rubber bands on the floor. Anytime I am trying to cut fabric, she jumps on the table and sits down on the fabric. She absolutely loves fabric and quilts.

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    Sounds like she wants to be your helper! The only thing I can think of is keeping her in another room while you work on your quilting.

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    She sounds like a character good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sniktasemaj View Post
    Do any of you know of ways to outsmart the cat when you are quilting? When I am sewing on a binding, the cat will grab the glass heads of the pins and pull them out. Also, I left the serger on the table and the cat had thread from the living room in one direction to the Lanai in the other. She loves to take her teeth a claws and run with the threads. Needless to say, it took a while to get it straighted out and rethreaded (manually). I decided to make a cover out of a prequilted fabric to fit the serger. So far she has left it alone, but my husband thinks that won't be long. While I am typing right now, she is getting into the desk drawer and throwing all the rubber bands on the floor. Anytime I am trying to cut fabric, she jumps on the table and sits down on the fabric. She absolutely loves fabric and quilts.
    May be a bit mean, but what about dipping pins in hot sauce a time or two?
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    I am fortunate in that I have a dedicated room to sewing so I can keep them away. I love my kitties dearly and it does make me sad when I am behind the closed door and I hear one of my furry babies on the other side calling out or sliding a paw under the door but I would rather be safe than sorry. We have had numerous posts here of members who ended up with a very costly vet bill due to their cat ingesting thread or needles. I would be beside myself with grief and guilt if my cat got into my sewing and was injured or worse and I could have prevented it by simply keeping the cat away. I think the cover on your serger will work but you will have to be very diligent with your other sewing supplies and pins. I think you need to find some toys for your cat that she finds irresistable and leave your sewing alone. Mine love those crinkle balls made out of mylar, ping pong balls, the little furry mice, a balled up piece of tin foil, the ring of a gallon jug of milk that seals the top. Maybe she just needs some toys that interest her. Interactive toys are great too. Da Bird is a great one http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...LAID=525360278
    or those wands with mylar tassles at the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
    May be a bit mean, but what about dipping pins in hot sauce a time or two?
    No need for hot sauce. Cats do not like the smell of cirtrus. So why subject kitty to hot sauce which can hurt when citrus does a better trick and doesn't hurt! Rub the heads of the pins with lemon peel or lemon oil. Now if it was a dog, I would go with the hot sauce.

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    Pull out the moist food....that keeps mine occupied for a while. Mine like to attack the fabric, I must buy dangerous fabric because they always try to attack it when I lay it out.
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    That sounds like my Lily - She's my avatar picture. I just keep picking her up and moving her and after 2 or 3 times, she figures out that she needs to find something else to do. I made her a basket of fabric scraps to lay on and she often will nap in it when I am sewing. Please be careful with your cats getting thread! They will try to swallow it and it can wreak havoc in their intestines and can be fatal. My Gertie got a hold of the thread in my Yo Yo basket that I keep by the couch. She had swallowed a large amount of it. I was able to pull it out without any difficulty.
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    I've NEVER outsmarted a cat!
    Good luck.

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    Sounds like my Reeses (my avatar). Best thing would be to keep her out of the room while you're working on the binding. Reeses wanted to help me with my fabric the other day and I found an extra piece, put it on the sewing board and let her lay on it. No, she wanted what I was working on.

    I had to put her out of the room and suffer the cries, foot under the door and scratching.

    If you can't close the door, you might want to put her in a crate while you're working at dangerous stuff. Or maybe use clips instead of pins on the binding.

    Good luck.

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    Hmmm.... maybe try what I did with my kids when they were small. I had a box of special toys that were only brought out when I needed to get something done. Do you think your kitty would be distracted by some catnip and one of those ping-pong-balls-in-a-tube toys? Or anything new that she doesn't already have.

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    Good luck, depends on how much you can stand when they cry. You can try to the locking in a room trick. Sometimes if I know mine is napping in another room I'll sneak up and shut the door quietly so he doesn't know. Then I can sew for awhile before he wakes up and realizes mom has shut the door and starts crying loudly.

    When he started to reach into the sewing machine because the needle looked cool going up and down I did get serious about distracting with a spray bottle water. A big squirt of water in the face usually got him mad at me for awhile.

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    I created a " quilt" just for Zipster...... and told him he was NOT to get on that blanket... ( just like a kid.. does exactly what he is told NOT to do!) he is like a dog really... he wants his blanket. He wants me to carry it around for him...
    As for thread and machines... I had a big issue with him here... he liked to floss his teeth with the moving thread... sigh... or bat at the movign needle ( YIKES!!)... I used a cotton makeup pad and spritzed it with citrus ... rubbed it along the back of my machine and then have a few scented ones laying about the areas he most getitng into trouble with.. works like a charm.... or a emtpy box and a piece of scotch tape keeps him out of trouble... sometimes.. LOL
    Thinking I might look for citrus soy candles...
    My son kept the neighborhood cats off his convertible car top with citrus....
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    What she is really saying is "Mommy! LOOK at me!!" She just wants your undivided attention.
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    good luck, my Zoey can be sleeping 2 rooms away, when i open the rotary cutter, b4 i know what happened she;s on top of the fab.

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    I think you might just have to go to another room with a door that closes.

    One of my cats LOVED to get at the serger thread - I covered it - and those paws still managed to get hold of the threads.

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    My cat doesn't go in sewing room but I have had to be careful to keep paper towels and kleenex and toilet paper put away. She is mostly interested in the toilet paper. I have had to put it in a snap lid canester to keep her out of it. She never stops trying to get the lid off the canister tho. She can't reach the towels now but still have to remember to always pick up kleenex. She doesn't bother any other paper.

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    My cat and my dog are in cahoots with disturbing my sewing stuff. The cat will knock things off the table and then the dog chews it to death. I've lost so many spools of thread that way - once she's used them for a bone the thread is shot and the spool has so many sharp burrs on it that it's useless. My cat on it's own can be distracted by a plastic drinking straw for hours.
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    ​The sewing room can be dangerous for a pet. It is pretty hard to outsmart a cat though.

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    When ours won't behave I spray them with water. Works on dogs and cats alike. After a few spritzers, now I only need to pick up the spray bottle and they stop.
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    You cannot outsmart a cat. Not ever.

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    I had a foster kitty who loved to take the pins out of my pin cushion. She would find it no matter where I put it. She would sit and calmly remove and drop on the floor every single pin in there. I pushed them all flush with the cushion figuring that would work. Nope just took her a little longer.
    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter View Post
    When ours won't behave I spray them with water. Works on dogs and cats alike. After a few spritzers, now I only need to pick up the spray bottle and they stop.
    Mine decided she was afraid of the spray starch and one shake of the can would send her running. That only lasted for so long.

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    I have just about the same problem with my Shadow, a young male cat we got in November. He has decided the quilting room is his, especially my sewing chair. I finally took everything off the cabinets by the window and made his a really nice bed. But he likes my chair more than that bed. When I come in the room and want to sew, I have to love him for about 10 minutes and then take him to his bed. Some days he doesn't like it and will come over and bat at me over and over, wanting me to get out of his chair. I find that if I leave bobbins on the desk, he will knock them all over the room and the thread is quite a mess. I find the only thing I can do is actually lock him out of the room when I sew. And sometimes he throws a fit and hits the door over and over. Shadow likes to walk everywhere he wants to go, which is a problem, sometimes I worry about the hot iron. But I adore this silly cat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter View Post
    When ours won't behave I spray them with water. Works on dogs and cats alike. After a few spritzers, now I only need to pick up the spray bottle and they stop.
    I use the spray bottle, too. It works great!

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