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Until a few weeks ago my cat never took much of an interest in my fish tank, but now she's realised that by laying ...
Until a few weeks ago my cat never took much of an interest in my fish tank, but now she's realised that by laying on top of it she'll get a good heat from the lights underneath.
The plastic flaps that cover the top of the tank aren't that strong and I'm worried she's going to jump up there one day and fall right through. Any suggestions on keeping her away from it (besides a bed of nails)?
Haha...that's great. The fish seem to think she's going to feed them, too. You could try the ol' spray bottle and give her a squirt whenever she goes up there. Or, I've heard that if you lay down some aluminum foil on the surface, the cat won't like walking on it for some reason (I guess either the lack of traction or the noise it makes) and will avoid walking there.
I'd just yell at it, then go move its rear off the tank and discipline it. Thats how my cats where trained. They are not allowed on the tank, kitchen counter, tables, and antiques. They won't set paw on those, even if you put them up there they jump back down. They all are friendly, much loved members of the family.
Then you have the cats that have it all figured out. Mine are not allowed on any counter tops or tables. They were taught not to do this by me running at them, clapping my hands loudly and saying "NO" in a big booming voice.
In the morning when I get up I always go straight to the coffee machine. Once in a while I see kitty prints (and I know exactly which cat these prints belong to) across the top of the stove, usually after a night when I've had something yummy for dinner. Double sided tape and foil work great. The only problem with it is if you have a cat like mine who knows when it's there and when it's not.
If the foil or tape don't work maybe you'll have to do something to reinforce the top?? It would be disasterous if she fell in. She's incredibly cute