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Crazy Cat Ladies (and Dudes) of PT: Keeping cats from laying on stairs
Old 07-18-2020, 01:05 PM
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Well, after an intense vacuuming and squeegeeing (lol Spellcheck says that's right), I got most of the cat fur off my stairs. Any tips from keeping my cats from LAYING on them? Like, lay anywhere else but the stairs. The Roomba hasn't mastered the stairway, yet.

Blocking the stairs isn't an option because of the way my house is set up. They have to be able to use them.


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Old 07-18-2020, 01:10 PM
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But my DH kept tracking dirt from the bottom level up the first set of stairs. So I got this, and cut it to fit on the steps. I bet it would keep your cars from lying on the steps.
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Old 07-18-2020, 01:41 PM
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Maybe you could make one specific step really appealing to sleep on? I put two of these mats on my bed - the cats prefer to sleep on them (as in ALL day), and it keeps most of their hair off the rest of the bed.
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Old 07-18-2020, 01:58 PM
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pdx: Why does the one on the right look sad? Bring me that baby!
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Old 07-18-2020, 02:10 PM
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Ha! I think I just caught her mid-blink. Though Mischa does tend to have "resting cat face."


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Old 07-18-2020, 02:44 PM
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I can't resist asking. If it keeps cars off the stairs, do you think it will keep cats off the stairs also?

Spellcheck/autocorrect is the bane of my existence!
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Old 07-18-2020, 03:49 PM
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I just saw this special lint roller advertised on Facebook. It said it was amazing at getting fur out of carpets and it was very quick. Of course, I can't find it now, but I was even interested because some of my rugs could use some sprucing up. If I see it again, I'll post it here.
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Old 07-18-2020, 04:21 PM
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Cars, cats, husbands. Works for them all!

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Old 07-18-2020, 07:06 PM
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Good to know!

I probably should start a list of the interesting conversions Autocorrect makes. When writing the first post I had to change "cards" back to "cars" and "band" back to "bane" .
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Old 07-18-2020, 07:46 PM
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pdx your cats are beautiful!

Our problem with cats on stairs is that they dont move when we are going up or down the stairs. We have to step over them. it never occurs to any of them that they are causing an inconvenience!


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Old 07-18-2020, 09:50 PM
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I'm so surprised people manage to get cats to sit specific places/off places. Cats do what they want . My cat likes to sleep on the stairs. It never occurred to me to do anything other than just vacuum the hair off of them.
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Old 07-19-2020, 05:06 AM
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I've never had any luck persuading a cat to lay somewhere other than where s/he wants to lay. My strategy is similar to pdxteacher's: protect the area where they want to lay. I keep a fleecy throw on the back of my sofa for just that purpose. I have a couple of wider stairs where my stair curve at the top. The sun shines in there and there's no way I'll keep my cat from laying there so I just got an inexpensive fuzzy rug and cut it down to the correct size and shape.

I've also never found an effective way to block the stairs short of a regular door that latches.
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