Join Date: May 2008
Location: St. Albert, AB, Canada
I've got a few methods I use to keep all the pets safe:
I'm currently boarding two snakes and they were put into a completely cat free room. The door is always closed and the cats might be allowed in for a minute with me right next to them.
now ask how much my guinea pigs are enjoying sharing a room with snakes, lol! (Ok, the pigs don't care, but the boa spent the first 24 hours frantically trying to break out so she could reach the pigs. Her cage is completely boa safe.
Piper, my fat tailed gecko, is in a 20gal long. It fits nicely on one of our bookshelves and with a small fluorescent light fixture there's no room for naughty kitty paws to cause problems. (Her heat is all from a UTH)
My fire belly toad tank has a thin screen lid that would never hold a cat, they don't need a light so I put the cutout from where the sink went when our counters were installed on top of the tank. It protects the toads from cat hair and the screen from falling in...but the cats can technically still sit on the tank.
Duke, rescue leo, lives in a huge tank right in our kitchen. I found a heavy duty wire top that's definitely safe for cats (I think you can order them online. Its not mesh though) then I covered the underside in heavy duty plastic (cat fur) and suspended the lights inside the tank (naughty paws). I can get away with this because the tank is fairly tall, and I was careful to keep the heat away from the plastic. Most of Dukes heat comes from his UTH anyways, I have plain house bulbs in the fixtures. The cats love to sit on his tank in the winter and soak in the heat.
the cats (read: Doran and Muffin) were much more interested in breaking in when they were kittens I made sure my tanks were always cat proof, heat fixtures included, and since they never successfully broke in thry eventually gave up.
I will say the easiest option by far is to simply keep your reptiles where the cats can't go. A good second would be to build a casing for above the tank that would protect all cords, light fixtures, and the screen from mischievous paws.
I can grab some pics of my different tanks if you'd like to get a better idea of what I did.
*edited to add* don't just give her another option. That's a good idea, but kittens and exposed heat fixtures aren't safe. It only takes one mistake to start a house fire.
Last edited by librarychick; 01-03-2014 at 09:49 PM.