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How to keep your cat off the keyboard

As anyone with a computer and a feline can tell you, cats love to walk on the keyboard. This may be a harmless nuisance in your leisure time, but it can be stressful when you have work to do. Let’s shed a little light on how to keep your cat off of your computer without upsetting you or your kitty.

Offer something more appealing

Cats will interact with objects out of curiosity and a desire to assert their social status. So, if you are wrapped up in your favorite book or spending hours online, your cat will naturally want to see what’s captured your attention, and may even want to take the place of it!

Cat whisperer Jackson Galaxy from the hit TV show, My Cat from Hell, recommends offering a “yes” for every “no.” Meaning, that once you make it clear to your cat that the computer is off limits, show your cat the alternative as a safe space. You can place a box with a comfortable blanket in it right next to your computer and make it extra rewarding by including treats and encouragement. The safe place may even just be your lap.

Make the workstation uninviting

If your cat walks across your keyboard when you aren’t around, you can try some of the same methods used to keep cats off the counter top. Ssscat sensors are canisters of air that make a hissing sound when something comes within range. If one behind your monitor, the sound will be enough to startle the cat and keep him or her away.

Alternatively, you can also place a mat covered with one side covered in double sided tape over your keyboard. Cats dislike sticky surfaces, so the mat discourage your cat from stepping on the keys. You might also want to consider a desk with a slide out drawer for your keyboard so that you can stow it out of kitty’s reach when it’s not in use.

Are there surfaces in your home that you’d like your cat to stay away from? Be sure to let your pet sitter know when you book an appointment. Call us today for a free quote!


Candace Elise Hoes is a pet sitter and blogger at Katie’s Kitty. She is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.

photo by JImmIe on flickr

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