Hot Tip: Save Your Furniture & Deter Cats with Foil

Since moving into our new home our kitty has really taken a liking to couch cushions, a behavior I'm not fond of, especially when the cushion forms become distorted and squished. We looked into those sprays, but they were just nasty and who wants to spray their furniture? So, we found another recyclable solution...

...just like humans would hate the idea of biting into a ball of tin foil, cats apparently feel the same way about walking on it. So, how do you make this work? It's simple:

  1. Place a piece of foil on the area in question and leave it for 2 or 3 days.
  2. Remove the foil and carefully fold it, but don't discard it just yet! You might need it again.
  3. See if your kitty goes back to that spot. This might take a few days or even a week. If the behavior has stopped, you're done! Recycle the piece of foil and celebrate.
  4. If your cat realizes his favorite sleeping spot if available again, replace the foil and leave it there for a week. Hopefully he will find a new place in the meantime and forget about his old favorite. If he doesn't, you might have to periodically place the foil for a few days or while you're out for the afternoon.

Other suggestions about how to extend the life of your furniture and deter those furry friends? Let us know!

(Image: Landis Carey)