Painted cabinets, cats and lemons
Another cat thread? Who me? ;-)
I have white painted cabs that are holding up very well thank you (13 months). I have a cat who can open cabinet doors. I think he was born knowing how to open doors. Of course, lower drawers might have avoided this, but it's too late for that now.
So, Zephyr stands up on his hind legs, puts his paws on the top of the door, grabs with his claws, walks backwards, and presto! the door is open. Having open doors or a cat in the cupboard doesn't really bother me. What bothers me are itsy bitsy marks his claws make. They're on the upper top of the door which is essentially hidden by the slab door above (full-ish overlay). It doesn't really show, but I'm thinking that over time, it could get messy.
I'm trying to think of deterrents that don't mess up the cabinets and don't require me to be present. Please don't suggest child-proof locks, which will just make him try harder and possibly mess up the door surface. This cat doesn't take no for an answer.
I've read that cats hate the smell of citrus. This could be it! I love the smell of citrus so it wouldn't be obnoxious to me.
Something tells me that repeatedly putting small amounts of lemon juice on a painted surface can't be good for the paint. I wonder if any of you 1) share my problem, and/or 2) know of a strong citrus-y smelling substance that won't hurt the paint job.