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Thread: My pesty kitties and work surfaces

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    I have it on good authority...(my cat told me) that cats own everything, and they are doing us big favors by letting us live with them! Honestly, we've had cats for years and they are all the same - sneaky little boogers! Yes, they are on the kitchen counters, the dining table, etc., until you look at them. When you look at them, they are magically on the floor, prettily cleaning their paws. I've decided that I must disinfect counter tops before cooking, and I must keep an old cloth on the table...I must also be grateful that they allow me to live here in their nice home with them!

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    GOOD luck . I have 3 inside cats and they always lay on whatever I am working on and get upset if I try to move them off or move the material as I sew. One is 14 and one has Feline Leukemia, the third is fine (as far a we know). So I hate to upset them.

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    I would just like to relate a story about my cat and being around the sewing machine and threads. She always wanted to play with the thread on the machine and I had to constantly shoo her away. I always closed the sewing room door, except on the day I forgot. She started throwing up, I took her to the vet and back to emergency for the vomiting. To make a long story short she had ate the thread off my machine and it was wrapped around the back of her tongue and in the intestine. By the time we figured it out it was too late and I had to put her down. Needless to say, I always cringe when I see these cats in the sewing areas. Please be aware that this disaster could happen. I know this is a sad story but one I feel needs to be told. WATCH YOUR KITTIES AROUND THREAD!

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    Oh I have lemons in the fridge. Will cut one and put it up there and see what happens. Thanks for the tip and will let you all know how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by debbieumphress
    Suggestion only. LOL
    That made me laugh out loud, so cute.

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    We also used the squirt gun. I think males are harder to train ( just like the human male).

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    I used that sticky stuff to try to train mine not to claw the sofa...didn't work. I used aluminum foil to try to train them not to go certain places...I found them curled up sleeping on it...:roll:

    Mine just look at me and laugh when I try stuff like that.
    Love this. Only the boy. shown in picture, gets on the sewing table when I am sewing. He likes to lay under the light. I have come close to sewing his fluffy tail to the fabric! Sometimes he tries to catch the thread on the back of the machine. They both sleep where ever they want to sleep. I tried to train them..They trained me to leave them alone. I move them and that works for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfkitty
    If you don't want to put things away (like me), keep a sheet or old quilt or blanket handy to cover everything. That should help keep the hair off. Make sure to always put the same side on top, so you don't lay the hairy side against your fabrics.
    This works for me too. Cats can be hard to train, especially if they're older. My SIL keeps a water spray bottle handy and gives hers a little squirt if they dare to jump on tables or counters.

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    My kitty Sandy doesn't really lay on my fabric while I'm working on it. I've only found her on the ironing board a couple of times but if the fabric is there sitting around then so is she.

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    I have 2 cats. Wadsworth - because he is such a long fellow and Gizmo. She's a medium/long fluffy female. We trained both with the squirt bottle. One day, Gizmo was on the table and DH picked up the water bottle expecting her to run. She didn't. Just staired at him. So he went to squirt her and got it straight in his own face. With that Gizmo jumped down, while he laughed his head off.

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    My cats are very dipomatic, they allow me to believe that I have them well trained. Yesterday I was ironing an expecially long piece of fabric, I started to move it so I could iron another section. Whoops, caught on something, nope cat laying on the fabric, cover blown. Sometimes they forget to keep their disguise in place.

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    My Iris seems to think I'm in the mood to play when I sit down at my sewing table. She's so cute I can't get angry. I did come across something that works but you have to do it periodically. I guess they forget? Or maybe they think you really aren't serious! Anyway, sneak up on them when they are where they aren't supposed to be & make a sudden loud noise. I use a pot lid & a metal spoon. Iris hates it but she's stays off the table temporarily.

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    i have 3, they dont get upon top of regular furniture, a chair yes. my bed, yes. trained with a spray bottle of water and tin foil on top of surfaces and a sharp "no" is a constant training system. and when i leave them, i can tell if they broke training-lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by debbieumphress
    Suggestion only. LOL
    Love this, and your signature line says it all too. I have only one kitty at present (Georgie girl), she rules the home, but she only climbs up on machine tables, ironing boards etc. if I am there. She can be a nusiance as she likes to get right up close - in your face - or sit on what I am doing, loves pins too, pulls them out of fabric or takes out of container and drops on floor. Sorry 'blzzrdqueen' doesn't solve your problem.Sometimes you have to cruell to be kind and strictly enforce rules but on the whole cats just love quilts and mommies that sew, good luck.

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    That is funny. Gizmo was probably laughing too.

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    I have 3 cats "Herself" is the avitar - the 2 boys and her 2 people pretty well know what they can and can't do.

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    I have really enjoyed your all stories. We have 6 out of 12 left now. Trained them with water bottle when they were young all I have to do is hold a bottle and they run. Our Metoo is 20 years old now as of August when she was little I had to make sure everything was covered with a sheet , put the pins away and put a plastic cover on the machines or their cover that came with them cause she loved to unthread them. When I first got my serger I had to watch the video and stop ,do it ,continue and so forth IT TOOK ME 2 1/2 HOURS to get it right. then had to pick DH up from work when I got home She had all 4 threads undone and all around the room.She trained me to always cover everything if I wasn't in the room.

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    I forgot wanted to suggest cats don't like mint so plant some mint on the side of a potted plant or a cotton balled saturated with mint oil or lemon oil or juice. That worked for me when they were young. I also heard perfume saturated in a cotton ball where you dont want them but that never worked on mine. Of all things one loves to roll in DH's dirty socks (YUCK!).So him and the boys learned real quick not to leave any thing on the floor cause we had one that would mark it as theirs so at least they trained the guys for me LOL. Never had the problem of clothes and all left out any way.

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    try a squirt gun. Works on minee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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    our 6 year old tom cat has never gotten on the kitchen counters or the stove (he was 1 1/2 years old when we got him), but he is allowed most other places. Sometimes, we have noisy discussions about the tables and the china cabinet. I rather like his company in the sewing room, except when he wants to lie on what I'm trying to sew. If scolding doesn't work, I can put him out of the room an close the door. As to what to use to train a cat not to get on certain things, our neighbor uses a squirt bottle of water without much success, but I think that's her fault for inconsistency. I used a rolled up newspaper for a while, but a loud voice is usually sufficient now.

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    Have you tried a spray bottle with water in it? They say it works! May take a few times.
    Good luck!!

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    I have not tried the water bit. My neighbor did. My loud voice worked better for me than the water did for her, and it's always at hand.

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    My actually feelings about cats are this: You do not own a cat, the cat owns you. If the cat don't like you ,they usually get out and disappear. A cat who likes you and knows he owns you is true blue and there to the end.Dogs are the same way only they are better at letting you beleive you are in charge! I have both, and have had for years. This is what they have taught me!!

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    This will be a rather long post...read at your own risk!

    My cat trained herself. Once, I had my sewing machine set up on the dining room table. Pumpkin used to get up on the table. She would then knock items off and chase them. One morning, I got up to go to work. I got her food but I didn't see her. I then went into the bathroom to do the morning ritual. Pumpkin came to the door of the bathroom and fell over. I was horrified! It was the middle of National Laboratory Week. I was supposed to give a lecture that week on Mad Cow Disease. I had been researching the topic as well as other neuropathies. My first thought was she had MAD CAT DISEASE! I ran to my black long-haired cat to find....she had managed to wrap black thread all around her back legs. She had knocked a spool of black thread off the table and started to play with it. She had black thread wrapped around herself, the table legs, and one chair. She managed to make it down the hall to the bathroom door when she ran out of thread and fell over. Needless to say, it was a large spool of thread. Since then, she doesn't come near the sewing space. Unfortunately, I still can't make her leave the ironing board alone. It is the perfect height to watch the birds.

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    I've had some success with moving cat beds into the sewing room. One cat agrees to stay in his when moved and the other agrees to stay in his perch on top of my fabric shelves. To lay out quilts and layer them, I have to lock the cats in another room--they love quilts as much as they love helping me make a bed.

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