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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-07-2009, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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Window sill contest of wills

My girls love to sit on the window sills, so we keep the blinds pulled up about 8-10 inches all the time for them to jump up and watch what's going on outside. They have access to three out of three windows upstairs, and three out of five downstairs. My frustration is that they often try to nudge the blinds out of the way on the two windows I haven't given them access to. We live on a corner lot, so I want to have at least a little privacy in the evening, which is why I keep the blinds down on a couple of the windows. Is there a good way to teach them to stick to the windows I want them in and stay away from the other ones? When I hear/see them poking at the off-limits ones, I usually grab them and put them on the sill of the next closest window that IS allowed. This seems to help for a couple of weeks, and then they get really determined again and I go through the same thing.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-07-2009, 11:59 PM
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Re: Window sill contest of wills

I'm a sucker and I just open each blind as Jack so sees fit--another word he paws at a blind until I open it--although a few stay open on a regular basis.

Could you possibly reward the good behavior--treat them for using the windows that have the blinds pulled up?

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-08-2009, 11:50 AM
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Re: Window sill contest of wills

We had the same problem woith our bedroom blinds at night. We rent, and they are part and parcel of the apartment, so we can't take them down.
What we did was to let the blind all the way down past the sill, so that there is a slight gap at the bottom on the sides. We have and end table at one side and a desk at the other, both the perfect height for a cat to jump on, the slither through the opening withou damaging the blinds.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-19-2009, 10:57 PM
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Re: Window sill contest of wills

My cat RUINED my blinds when he was a kitten. I actually wasnt supposed to have him when he was a kitten so I had to keep the blinds closed. (he was being abused and was barely old enough to be away from his mom, I couldnt help myself)
Now that he is 2 years old my apartments allow him so he has one window that always has the blinds pulled up, and a second that he has broken to the point of being able to go behind them whenever he pleases. I'm lucky he leaves my bedroom window alone, its the only set of blinds thats still ok!
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-20-2009, 02:56 PM
 
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Re: Window sill contest of wills

I removed my curtains entirely,
and use glass frosting and tint.
I'll do a neater job eventually;

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-22-2009, 01:37 PM
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Re: Window sill contest of wills

^^^

Oh.
My.
Gosh.

That is one awesome kitty-television you have there....!
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-22-2009, 02:11 PM
 
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Re: Window sill contest of wills

just a strange observation
I made for those who care;

the center top window is untreated,
while the side top windows are 66%
heat & light blocked by tint, and are
99% UV blocked by the tint.

oddly, the cats will lounge and stretch
in direct unblocked sunlight, but they
prefer to nap/sleep behind the tint,
whether it's on the shelves, or on
the carpeted floor below.

I intentionally left a window untinted to
give my cats a choice, and was very
surprised by this distinctive behavior.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-22-2009, 02:27 PM
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Re: Window sill contest of wills

petspy has a really good idea there!

There are also lots of new kinds of blinds that allow you to see out but not others to see in.

I feel for you thought we have the same problems with our dogs shoving their faces thru the blinds and breaking all of them - so we gave up and went to shears on all our windows
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