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Sizing a cat door

Since the question is specifically about cat doors for connecting rooms inside the house, I'll add the key points we discovered over time. We do have cat doors for all the rooms in our house, since ...
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Sizing a cat door

As a rule of thumb: if the head of an animal fits through an opening, the rest of it also fits through. Exceptions to that rule are morbidly obese animals and those with limited motion (maybe due to ...
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What are some ways to increase space for cats in a small house?

Use vertical space. Keep breakables out of spaces the cat has access to, behind door or behind glass or at great heights (some cats can jump to the top of a fridge, so that's a minimum). You can ...
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Want to buy sofa for living room. What to do about cats?

You're unlikely to be able to make the sofa inhospitable to the cats without also making it inhospitable to yourself, but there's steps you can take to minimize the damage they'll do. Ensure they ...
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What is the right height & width for a cat's tunnel?

The most popular cat tunnel on amazon has a 9.5 inch diameter. Cat doors on amazon seem to all be in the 7-9 inch range as well. I have a 15 pound cat, and got her an 11 inch diameter tunnel. She can ...
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What are some ways to increase space for cats in a small house?

Think walls! Put up shelves all over the place, at different levels. I know someone who made a cat high-way in the house at about 7 feet. He put up shelves at that height in most of the rooms and ...
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What kind of cover do I need for a sectional to protect my furniture from my cat's claws?

Nothing is immune to cat claws (except maybe actual rock, but that doesn’t make for nice couch cushions). Instead, provide your cat with plenty of other things to scratch in the same room. Different ...
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Want to buy sofa for living room. What to do about cats?

I have two cats, some good scratching posts / cat trees and a sofa. One cat scratches on sisal only. The other scratches everything next to her whenever she feels like scratching or stretching. She ...
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What is the right height & width for a cat's tunnel?

There are a lot of variables when choosing a tunnel. Concrete forms in 8,10 & 12 inches sizes can be found at your local DIY store for around $5. Buy one of each and bring it home for a trial. ...
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How can I train my cat to not jump on the kitchen counters?

Never use a spray bottle...all that does is make your cat afraid of you! According to behaviorist Pam Johnson Bennett, The squirt bottle technique only accomplishes three things: It ...
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My husband built a 98 gallon (370 L) fish tank. Is it normal for it to make a chirping noise?

Water is heavy! A tank like this can easily contain hundreds of kgs of water. That is a lot of weight. That means that a fishtank needs to be structurally sound in order to keep all that water inside, ...
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Want to buy sofa for living room. What to do about cats?

The best solution to your problem is to get a good scratching post for your cats. If you get a scratching post for your cats, they likely will not use your sofa at all to sharpen their claws. A god ...
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What types of couch are resistant to damage from a cat?

Most of all, your cat needs a suitable scratching post. Cats will instinctively scratch on certain surfaces to sharpen their claws. In the wild, they prefer the bark of certain trees, but in human ...
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What types of couch are resistant to damage from a cat?

I have 4 cats and 3 couches, so this is an anecdotal experiment: Couch 1: Cotton Canvas-Like Material A vintage item that was re-covered by previous owner. The fabric, as best as I can identify it, is ...
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What kind of cover do I need for a sectional to protect my furniture from my cat's claws?

You might wish to try a DIY-type solution using basic "percale" style bedsheets. These are the bog-standard style of smooth, tightly-woven fabric; very easy to get, and, conveniently, a ...
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Allowing puppy on couch

First of all, all dogs like to be on furniture because it satisfies their instinct to be in a heightened place where they can overlook their surroundings. The physical height can also be an indicator ...
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What are some ways to increase space for cats in a small house?

Shelves and the like have been huge for my cat. I live in a townhouse, and while my cat has plenty of space to roam around, increasing the amount of space for her to play on was one of my first ...
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How can I train my cat to not jump on the kitchen counters?

If saying no in a stern voice and picking them up and putting them down doesn’t work, then try putting tin foil on your counter tops. The noise will scare them and eventually they won’t even want to ...
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My husband built a 98 gallon (370 L) fish tank. Is it normal for it to make a chirping noise?

If the sound is coming from the filter, the problem is may be very minor; there may be some debris caught in the impeller or elsewhere, or some part may need to be replaced. Turn off the filter for a ...
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Sizing a cat door

The whiskers are the key. The width of the cats whiskers are what they use to get themselves through things.(our flap is currently in use by a Terrier, maine-coon and other assorted beasts but was set ...
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Want to buy sofa for living room. What to do about cats?

When I bought my sofa, I thought, I'll get one with a resistant cloth, so in case my cat wants to scratch it, my sofa will resist it better, same with my carpets. What I've discovered over the years ...
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My husband built a 98 gallon (370 L) fish tank. Is it normal for it to make a chirping noise?

I think it is very attractive but you should make it terrarium. Filled with water it is about 850 lb (400 kg) ; the frame is strong enough but not stiff enough. I think it is too tall for the size of ...
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