This forum topic is the closest I could find to my issue.
Does anyone know how to de-static the screen of a flat-screen LED monitor, so that it is not constantly having to be cleared of cat fur????
Yes, my cats like to lie on my desk... and I'm a sucker for my cats. But, I do not love how their fur clings to the screen.
My cats know not to get on my desk. I also have my keyboard in a pull-out tray, rather than on top of my desk. I've never had a problem with my cats getting on my desk and disrupting my work or leaving their tell-tale signs behind.. Well, not completely true. When they do, I call them with their first and middle names (which are only spoken when they're doing no-nos) and tell them, "Down!". Cats can be trained to respond to voice commands. And they need them more often than dogs because they're so damned independent!
When my office is unoccupied (by me) I close the door. If they choose to visit me while I'm working, they sit by my feet. They know that's the only way they're allowed in my office.
The only dust bunnies I find in my office are those created by real dust. Can't blame my cats on that now, can I? :-)
Bottom line is, Liz: train your cats to stay off surfaces; whether desktops, countertops, coffee tables, eating tables, or anywhere else they shouldn't be. They're like kids. Teach them the rules of the house or close doors so they can't sneak in no-no's.
My cats are allowed on the couch and certain chairs. Tables, countertops, and anything they have to jump over 3' to get on are strictly off limits. And they know it.
Yes, well.. a bit too late for that; they're all thoroughly spoiled, and we allow them most anywhere, except on the kitchen counters and tables. The eldest is 15; the youngest is 4, so this is an issue of long-standing. As for my "work," there isn't much work going on here, since we're retired, and their purr songs soothe me...but they don't sing when down on the floor. ;-)
(And I'm afraid I did not give them middle names..so that discipline is not an option... lol)
Lizzy, when my cats hear their middle names, they know they're in trouble. I only have one cat that hasn't earned a middle name because she doesn't break the rules.
When I was in big trouble I knew it because I'd hear "Shauna Lynn!". I've handed that admonition down to my cats. When they hear their middle names they know they've been busted and better listen to Mama!
P.S. My kids purr whenever they're in the same room as I am. They don't need to be on my stuff; they just need to be near me. However, when my work day is done, they settle in or around my body and the feline cacophony is resplendent!
LOL Actually, two of our kitties have more complex names, though not precisely middle names. One is "Jigsaw Puzzle," named after the patterns in his fur, the other is "Lil' Miss Fuzz," so named because she is tiny, and was SO fuzzy/fluffy as a kitten. She's still a medium-haired fuzzy girl, though her sister is the one responsible for dropping hair clumps.
Jigsaw mostly only gets called by either half of his name, such as "Jigsaw," "Jiggy," or "Puzzle cat." The other we usually stop at "Lil' Miss," or "Miss Fuzz." ;-)
My step-mother uses used dryer sheets. She even uses them in bathroom which stops steamed up mirrors, on glass windows, doors and even cleans her stove with them.
Dzy.....Lightly Spray a soft cloth (like flannel) with "static guard." If you've not heard of it or never used it, you'll find it in any laundry products aisle in any store. Don't spray it directly on your screen, just the cloth. Wipe your entire screen down once and then again. It's not going to harm anything and it should detract the kitty fur for at least a few weeks, til you will have to repeat the same.
Also....If I'm not mistaken, there's a solution, made especially for toning down shedding cats.....try googling or calling your Vet. My Tommy plops down directly in front of my screen whenever he damned well pleases (as we KNOW cats will do) and although I don't need to deal with the fur flying....he likes to stare at me, swat at my fingers and laugh at me when I must stretch my neck to see around him.
Snooty little bugger. Have no idea why I love him so! Good luck. If these tricks don't work, let me quote your cats for you........"Tough Mom, just live with it!"
LOL PURRRfect. Yes, cats do what they want, and many of us cat parents are willing to put up with their nonsense because they are so danged cute! Their silly antics are our last remaining connection to sanity!
One is a medium-long hair, and she sheds everywhere; I'm always finding clumps on the floor; the other main culprit is a short-hair, guilty of "explosive shedding." LOL
Thanks for the tip. I was worried about damaging the screen, since a new monitor is not in the budget!
And you're quite right about them blocking our view and thinking it's funny. My keyboard is in a drawer, but that doesn't stop them from sitting in my lap, and trying to 'help' me type. ;-)
Cats--gotta love 'em!
Hummm, I recommend using a brush on the end of a portable suction vacuum in conjunction with the de-static solution if it is any. That should do the job. They make them as small as 6 inches, very compact and battery operated.
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