How to Keep Cats Out of Window Blinds
A window blind is a set of vertical slatted shades usually used to cover and shield the glass panes in your windows. If you happen to find cat hair on these window blinds, it may be time to stop the cats from using them as scratching posts. There are many methods to keep cats out of window blinds; however, none of them will work if you don’t take the time and effort involved with implementing such plans.
For cats, window blinds are a wonderful way to enjoy birdwatching through an open window while simultaneously obscuring our presence from the outside world. Unfortunately, while some cats may be fine with this setup, others will inevitably try and wedge themselves in between the slats of your vertical blinds or shred them into oblivion. Today I am going to discuss a process on how to keep cats out of window blinds. So let us get started.
Step-wise Guide on How to Keep Cats Out of Window Blinds
Cats are creatures of habit. They follow a routine they have been trained to follow and are extremely sensitive to slight changes in their environment. Therefore, the best way to keep cats out of window blinds is by preventing them from getting used to it. It takes the cat only a few days after moving into a new home to realize that they can move around easily in the house than outside.
After this realization, the next thing they look for is places where they feel comfortable hanging around or hiding away from everyone else who is sharing space with him/them. If you find yourself having trouble keeping your pet cat away from your window blinds, then here’s what you need to do about it:
Make sure you have your pet cat spayed or neutered.
Put the blinds out of sight. If possible, store them away in a cupboard until you want to use them. Cats generally don’t like any change of environment, so it is unlikely that they will move around in the house if you rearrange furniture frequently.
Be sure to place window treatments that are opaque enough to provide any light inside for the cats. This way, no matter what time of day it is, your pet cat won’t be tempted to hide behind the window coverings. You may also consider some scents such as vinegar or lavender to keep your cat from enjoying these hiding places and moving around in them regularly.
Make sure that you close all the windows at night, or else your pet cat might try to sneak into your window blinds and get trapped inside during the day when you are away from home.
If necessary, use some electronic devices such as high-pitched sounds or strobe lights emitting quick flashes to keep cats away. However, make sure these are turned off before you leave home not to affect other people in the house while they are sleeping.
Be sure to provide enough entertainment for your pet cat so that they don’t need to take refuge behind blinds or curtains or under furniture where it is easier for them to sneak.
If you notice that your cat has urinated or defecated on the window blinds, then clean them thoroughly with some detergent mixed with water and wipe them dry immediately. Also, if there is any furniture such as a chair or table near the window where cats can take refuge, then be sure to move it away from the room. This way, you’ll make it difficult for cats to hide in areas surrounding the windows as well.
Sometimes, when you are making changes within your home due to renovation work, etc., then don’t forget to put up something like plastic sheets over all your window treatments before removing them from sight so that they will not end up getting damaged accidentally.
If your window blinds are getting torn or shredded by cats, then you can install special netting around the edges to prevent them from being torn. Cats generally don’t like water, so if you catch them in the act of moving on your window treatments, then be sure to splash some water at them. This way, they won’t want to return and learn that these places aren’t safe for them any longer. However, make sure that you don’t try this approach unless necessary because it is not really fair on the cat.
Finally, when all else fails, take help from a pet specialist who may tell you about advanced ways of keeping pets out of trouble spots in the home, such as your window treatments.
Precautions While Performing How to Keep Cats Out of Window Blinds
You should keep in mind that if the blinds are very tightly closed, it is likely to break, and we do not advise anyone to perform this task. If your cat tries to pass between the blinds, don’t move them fast as they may fall on top of them, causing injuries. Cats can get injured by falling from high places, so be careful when using window blinds to keep them out.
This method is more effective for cats that are young kittens and most recently adopted ones who have not learned yet that these blinds were meant to close completely; otherwise, this method will work with an older cat as well. So please train your pets early while they are still kittens.
Get rid of the drafts from windows and doors if you want to keep cats out of the window blinds. If there are any open windows nearby, your cat might be attracted by the drafts that can force them to come inside them. Cats can get injured while trying to jump through a small space, so we do not recommend this method for large cats, especially for adult males.
Cats like dark, cozy places, so install curtains made from thick fabric and run around your window frames tightly to stop cats from getting into them. Cat’s claws can get stuck in curtains easily, so cover their bottoms with double-sided tape or glue if they try to climb up them when you leave home.
Why Are Cats Attracted Towards Window Blinds?
All cats are attracted to window blinds, but the reasons for this attraction are not fully known. Here are some of the possible explanations behind the interest of your cat towards window blinds –
- Immediately after waking up, your cat may get a feeling that it is a day already and time to hunt for food or see their outside surroundings. So the first thing they do is look out through the window if they can. And then what catches their eyes first in every room? It would be inside/outside the windows, which acts as a very tall wall with horizontal stripes! Striped vertical objects have been shown by scientists (and also our observation from house-cats) in one previous study to attract a cat’s attention. So it makes sense that the cat’s first instinct after waking up would be to look out of the window, and they find something very similar to what they are used to. And if you have two or more windows in a room (like we do), there will be even more stripes in the blinds!
- The height of blinds also attracts cats who have not yet learned how dangerous it can be to go near them. For example, our house-cat had been accidentally shut between the glass and wooden slats of our window blind for about 2 hours once when he was playing outside. It scared him so much that later every time he saw blinds, he stayed away from them!
I hope you have gained a clear conception of how to keep cats out of window blinds from this article. Ensure your cat does not get hurt while performing the process. Thank you and have a nice day!