How to Cat Proof a Bathroom
Playin' With Toilet Paper, Drinking Out Of The Faucet, Getting In The Cabinet... OH MY!!
Cats Are So Curious ~ It's Up To You To Keep Them Safe
Cats, puppies and even small children tend to have a special fascination for the bathroom. The most used room of the home, the bathroom has many perils that are just an inherent part of the room. Cats, just like little children, are curious and many of them absolutely love the bathroom for some strange reason.
The reasons I figured out for their love of the bathroom are:
1. TOILET PAPER IS FUN!!! - My gosh, you peeps have no idea how much FUN this stuff is! We can dig our little claws deep into this stuff and rip it to shreds, or simply get a hold of one piece and roll, roll, roll to our purr-fect little hearts content! So it gets all over the floor and peeps have to clean it up, you exist to be our servants anyway, just one more job for ya! You can "thank" me later!
2. WATER!!! - Water is fun, too! We rub up against the spigot and look up at you with our great big green or yellow-gold eyes, and you turn on the water for us so we can drink! It is so much yummier than that stuff in our bowl. Really!
3. TOILETS ARE FUN!!! - Just flush it already! Hurry up, flush it and watch me RUN to the toilet!! I'll try to jump up on the seat if you don't put the lid down, and I'll dip my head in and drink to my heart's content!
One of our cats, Misty, tries to do this ALL the time! We don't let her. I used to jokingly refer to the toilet as Misty's "all-day buffet." We think that because she used to live with college students, they probably thought it was hilarious to watch her drink toilet water so they encouraged it. It's been a tough habit to break her of!
Really, everything in the bathroom is fun and exciting for a cat, but these three attractions top the list. Both of our cats have also figured out how to open the cabinets, too. I used to keep extra rolls of toilet paper underneath in the cabinet... until I found out that our big cat, Dixie, was getting down there and shredding them all into oblivion! She got the biggest kick out of the fact that she was HIDDEN from us underneath the cabinet and could do whatever she wanted without getting into trouble... until MOM opened the cabinet and discovered what she had done!
Cats are curious and innocent, just like little kids, and sometimes we find that we need to "cat-proof" certain places for their own safety (and for our sanity!) It isn't fun cleaning up a big ole toilet paper mess, trust me on this one.
So, what are some good ways to cat proof a bathroom?
One very good idea is to put child cabinet locks on the cabinet doors if you have a genius for a cat who has figured out how to open those doors. This way, when they hook their little paw around the bottom corner of that door, they will pull on it and it won't open. FOILED again! I'm going to GET those peeps! How DARE they keep me out of the cabinet! (Ok, so this is what I imagine they are thinking!)
Toilet Paper Covers Are A Good Option ~
One thing I didn't realize when I began to write this - there are now covers you can put over your toilet paper roll that can prevent cats from unrolling it! VICTORY for the peeps!! They come in several varieties. One is a kind that is made of metal to go with many types of bathroom décor, and there are also some roll covers that are made out of soft material that can be changed according to the season. They have a decorative material design that is used to beautify the bathroom. What WILL they think of next?
I also read somewhere that one person made their OWN toilet paper cover out of a ziploc small hard plastic container (that was hinged). It fit right over the toilet paper roll and you simply opened it to get to the toilet paper. If I remember right, they used an X-acto knife to cut a whole in back so it would fit nicely over the toilet paper holder. It seems as if necessity is the mother of invention after all!
Other Potential Dangers To Cats Lurking In The Bathroom ~
Some suggestions in the past have been to simply keep the bathroom door closed, but often this isn't a practical solution. I DO keep the door closed when I have my curling iron plugged in, however. You have to look at cats as little fur kids and try to always be one step ahead of them to protect them from harm for those times when their unending curiosity gets the best of them.
Keep anything poisonous or otherwise harmful AWAY from cats. Either keep these things out of the bathroom entirely if you can, or keep them in the cabinet where you've installed child-proof locks. Better safe than trying to get to the vet as fast as you can because they've ingested something they shouldn't have!
Always keep medications meant for humans totally out of cats reach. Even though most medications have child-proof or child-resistant caps now, be sure to keep them away from cats. Medications meant for humans are fatal and toxic for cats, as well as for all animals. It takes an amazingly SMALL amount of these medications to have devastating effects, so keep them entirely out of the cats reach.
Don't let cats in the bathroom if you've just used cleaners on surfaces, especially bleach type cleaners. I use these sometimes in the shower like many other people do for mildew. These cleaners are toxic and you don't want them getting onto cats paws, only to have them lick their paws later. So, when you clean, keep cats out of the bathroom.
Look in your bathroom to see if there are things placed on the counter that could potentially present danger to your cat. Look for things like small scissors and tweezers and other shiny objects. Yes it's true, cats are attracted to shiny objects! Even something as innocent looking as dental floss can be a terrible thing for a cat to eat, and some will try to do that because of the minty fresh smell!
Keep hair appliances safely stored and up and away from cats. Hair dryers, curling irons, flat irons, anything that can cause a burn if a little pink nose gets near it. Don't think that a cat will back away because something is hot... they CAN get burned and severely hurt and you have to be diligent about keeping these things away from them.
Keep other hair "doo-dads" away from them. Cats for some strange reason are totally FASCINATED by hair elastics that we ladies (and some guys!) use to put our hair into pony tails and in other styles. Cats can and DO try to eat hair elastics. I found that out the hard way once when I caught Dixie with 1/2 of a hair elastic in her MOUTH and she was chomping on the other half! The half she ate came out a couple of days later in the litter box, but not all cats are that lucky.
Be especially diligent about keeping sharp hair things away from cats. Shiny barrettes are fascinating to cats, since many of them feature pretty things like rhinestones. Our cat Dixie is a "girly-girl" from the word go! She LOVES anything that sparkles and shines and has to be right where I am if I am putting on any kind of jewelry or putting anything into my hair. She is absolutely fascinated and has to watch my every move. I am very careful though since the famous hair elastic "heist" to not let her have any of these things. I never thought she would really try to eat any of these things until she grabbed that hair elastic!
It seems like a lot to do, a lot of effort and a lot to think about, but your cats' safety is the number one concern and should always be at the top of your mind. Try, if you can, to see your bathroom the way they see it. Lots of shiny, fun stuff to play with and tempting paper to shred and trickling, delicious water. Get down to their level if that helps you and look for dangers, very much the same way you do when you child-proof a home when a small child begins to explore.
It's definitely better to take extra precautions and avoid a tragedy than to have something happen to your sweet, innocent little cat simply because of an oversight or carelessness. Remember that they are trusting you implicitly to keep them from harm and to keep them happy. Keep their little purr motor going for many more years by keeping them safe. Cat proof your bathroom to keep them healthy, happy and most of all, safe.
A Couple Good Options In Toilet Paper Covers...
- Paws-Free | Toilet Paper Cover (Patent Pending)
- Protect Toilet Paper From Nosy Paws!
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