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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-26-2007, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
 
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Kiten under the couch!

The kitten I am currently fostering keeps getting under our loveseat recliners. There's a lot of dust and mechanics under there and I'd rather like to keep her out. I've tried blocking the entrance with a towel, but she pulls it out. It shouldn't be a problem once she's grown a bit, but I'm not sure how to keep her out now.
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If you have an old blanket or bath towel, just completely shove it under there so there's no getting in. You can try foil, I guess, but I don't know if that deters little kittens.

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My cat Willie likes to do the same thing, he will get under the recliners during thunderstorms to hide and we are afraid that he will get mangled inside there. When you figure out a good way to keep the kitty out let me know
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I've just resigned myself to checking under the recliner before I ever stretch out on it, which is rarely anyway. My little mobile home has no really good hiding places except under the recliner. Robbie would lose it if that wasn't available to him; I've never had a cat as paranoid as he is. If I can't find him, at least I know where to look.

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-28-2007, 12:53 PM
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I've just resigned myself to checking under the recliner before I ever stretch out on it, which is rarely anyway. My little mobile home has no really good hiding places except under the recliner.
You are in a mobile home? How many cats do you have? I thought this tiny little 2br house was small for our 5 kitties, but maybe i should stop complainin'. Though seriously, this house is so small, i probably have the same square footage as you.
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My little "box" is less than 700 square feet. I have 6 cats......OK, 6 1/2, soon to be 7......the stray tom is showing up more often. Gotta get him neutered and then he'll be spending more time here, I'm sure. But I tell you, it isn't crowded with felines here at all. And I had 9 when I moved in, still didn't seem "over-catted" to me. Well, in my case, I'm not even sure of the definition for "over-catted".

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Our house is about 800 sq feet, so not too far off. Actually, you're right it's not bad at all....except for MEAL TIME!! Woah!!! I have a 70lb dog and 9 year old boy too, though. LOL
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Oh wow, now I feel more mainstream. I have the tribe housed in 1040 square feet. I always felt that they had plenty of room though
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It helps to have a basement too which then actually doubles the living space upstairs (funny, but my kits don't really "use" the basement too much, except for the 3 litter boxes down there). Right now the only 'occupier' of the basement is my stray, Precious fluffy orange boy. For some reason he just doesn't seem to want to go back outside. I open up the door & make an offer but he just turns around and heads back to the basement. Lots of hidey holes down there, I suppose.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-28-2007, 04:30 PM
 
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For a non-recliner, I'd suggest buying an "egg crate" type mattress pad, folding it, and stuffing it under the couch.

Because it's a recliner, I'd say use tape. Use either duct tape or packing tape and make big loops--like about two feet long. Flatten the loops of tape as you stick them down. Put enough loops of tape under the recliner so it feels sticky pretty much everywhere (not just at the entrance). Replace the tape as cat hair/dust bunnies reduce the stickiness.

It's actually really important to keep the kitty out of there. Our Bill got his tail broken as a kitten by sleeping under the recliner. A guest reclined the chair and heard a dreadful "MEOOOOOOWWWW!" <scramble, scramble, scramble>. Believe me, it was awful.

Even after that, Bill still wanted to sleep under the recliner. It was the tape loops that finally broke him of the idea.
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