Stop cat from shredding window screens?!

ksfarm_girlAugust 7, 2012

We have an outside kitty, but we're getting annoyed with the fact that she keeps sharpening her claws on our window screens.

I've seen the special screens that are supposedly pet proof, but, I like how our current screens look and am not sure if the other type of screens would have the same appearance (since there's no reason to change all the screens when only 2 are damaged).

I'd prefer some sort of training method that she would just get the idea that we don't want her scratching--is there something we could do to break her of this? Hubby says that this must be solved stat, and with cooler weather (hopefully) on the way, we'd like to be able to open our windows and not let the bugs in.


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There are cat repellent sprays available at pet stores. I don't know how effective they are, but it would surely be worth buying one or two and spraying your screens to see if that deters the cat. You might also consider buying an old screen that you can lean up against the house to give the cat an allowable screen to scratch.

There are also motion detector sprinklers available. If you set one up close to the screens the cat likes to scratch, the cat will get an unwelcome shower each time she approaches the screens. That should put an end to the screen scratching.

Lastly, you might consider allowing the cat inside, which is apparently where she would like to be.


    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 12:15AM
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Is she scratching from the inside or outside of the house? Plus, how is she reaching the there a ledge she has to jump to?

If there's a ledge, I'd put some pieces of double sided sticky tape or tape some scat mats along the ledge.

Here is a link that might be useful: Scat mat

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 10:22PM
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A piece of chicken wire stuck in up against the screen deters my escape artist cat (who has been known to rip out screens to escape.) Of course if you use chickenwire it helps if you like the country - shabby chic look LOL.

Some other metal mesh would serve the same purpose - even temporarily blocking access would give you a chance to teach him other habits.

Which leads to my next point. You do need to provide an acceptable alternative, or the cat won't be persuaded to stop scratching where you dont want him to. ACCEPTABLE, as determined by the cat, not you! It has to be the right height, angle, have the right texture, be solid and not wiggle at all or the cat may not use it.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2012 at 9:57AM
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I've installed the pet screens, and they do work great. I don't know that I've ever seen them in any other color but black tho - I'm assuming you don't want the black? Maybe google will tell you that they do come in silver.
Never heard of a motion detector sprayer, but that's on my google list now. I have several ideas for that device.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2012 at 2:43PM
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I'm going to try the water and the double sided tape idea (if the water doesn't work). I think the scratching is mostly done when we can see her (since that's when she seems to sit on the window ledges), so I should be able to catch her doing it if I keep a squirt gun by the window (assuming my son doesn't run off with it, LOL).


    Bookmark   August 9, 2012 at 3:13PM
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I have a cat that scratches furniture when we're on the computer and I've learned the reason is because she wants to be fed. Seldom is it due to boredom. She only does this to the LR furniture, which is within our sight when we're sitting in the office. She never scratches the furniture when we're in other parts of the house.

Soooo......there may be other reasons why she chooses only to scratch those 2 screens.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2012 at 3:55PM
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Annz, that's hilarious, I think you hit the nail on the head. They have us well trained don't they? If I'm on the computer and ignoring Figgy's yowling and whining to be fed, he'll start picking a fight with Orange - who then starts wailing and hissing and complaining about being attacked by Figgy. Which gets me up from the computer, without fail.... Figgy never attacks Orange ever, for any other reason - they are best friends. It's only when he wants to get MY attention - too smart for their own good.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2012 at 2:31PM
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When we moved into a different house, where the windows were low and reachable by cat claw, it was evident right away that our four indoor kitties were going to scratch the screens. It meant sacrificing time lurking in the corner of one of the rooms with screens (where I would be behind the cats), but I stayed there and pressed on an alarm buzzer (the kind a woman might carry to scare off an attacker) every time a cat showed signs of interest in the screens. They learned quickly that trying to touch them with their paws would activate an unpleasant loud noise and were cured in less than a day. As I recall, I didn't have to repeat the process for all the screens in the house, either.

I don't know if this would work with cats that have already been scratching screens with impunity, but I think it's worth a try.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2012 at 1:14PM
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