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Cat Knocks Everything Over. What To Do?

Updated on July 1, 2014

Kitten Climbing on Furniture

Fragiles In The House...With a Cat. Oh No!!

If you have just gotten a new cat, and you're afraid that the cat will knock over your fragile home decor items, there are a few possible solutions to try.

  1. Put away your fragile items, out of the reach of the cat. This probably isn't the first thing you want to try, because your fragile items are on display for a reason, but it is a sure-fire way to keep your fragile items in tact and in one piece.
  2. Train your cat not to jump on counters, tables, picture frames, etc. This one is more of a long-term solution, so isn't really feasible on day one. And some cats, even when trained, might break the rules every now and again if they see something of particular interest.
  3. Try museum tape or museum putty or other removable putty like Blu Tack.

Kitten Leaning on Things

My favorite option

My preference is the museum putty. The clear kind is great, because you can even put it between the bottom of a glass vase and a glass shelf. If you did this with colored putty, you would see the putty. But the clear adhesive works great!

When fostering cats and/or kittens, it's almost a sure thing that some of the kitties will climb on things when you don't want them to. This is how I learned about the museum putty. One woman I know who fosters uses it everywhere! She keeps her pictures on the wall in place with putty. She sticks down all her glassware on display with putty. Even non-breakables on display are tacked down with putty, to keep them in place when kitties decide to play hide-and-go-seek behind these items!

It's especially nice if you have a large vase or other fragile item sitting on your floor or fireplace. Cats will, of course, walk past and rub on the item, and would normally knock it over. But if the item is tacked down, viola! It stays standing up!

© 2011 Amber Killinger


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      Amber Killinger 6 years ago

      One of my cats, the one that gets into things the most, doesn't even bat an eye if I spray him. Go figure! All my other cats run away. He just stands there and closes his eyes. LOL!!

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      aemillervb 6 years ago from Virginia

      I keep my spray bottle handy.. My little guy will see the bottle and scurry away.. I don't even have to spray him :) He has done better than I thought though. He does jump on the TV stand at night and knock my balls off of the tree, but only the unbreakable ones are at TV level :)

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      Amber Killinger 6 years ago

      Thanks for the comments. I know all about cats and Christmas ornaments. LOL!! I haven't found a solution to that one, other than hanging plastic ornaments near the bottom (not glass) so when they are knocked down they don't break.

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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      Brought back memories when my first cat Cookie came to stay. He was only 8 weeks old and a bundle of mischief. I used blu tack to stick my valuables to shelves and tables. I haven't heard about museum putty until now, but will bear it in mind. Voted up and interesting.

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      Elsie Nelson 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Awesome hub! I've been battling my cat knocking off all the ornaments from our Christmas tree. No matter how high they are, little kitty finds a way.

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      aemillervb 6 years ago from Virginia

      I remember those kitten days! My "baby" just turned a year old last week.. this is his first experience with a Christmas tree and it has been interesting for sure!

      Great hub :)