Cat underfoot - what do you do to keep them out?

dees_1November 9, 2009

Hey everyone! Long time reader, infrequent poster to this forum. I have a 16 year old cat (mixed) who has been stepped on a million times in his long life. He's winding around my feet while in the kitchen and will usually stay out with a couple squirts of the water bottle. This weekend, he was hounding for some chicken, didn't listen to the water bottle and got underfoot. The step was committed and I couldn't avoid him. His front paw got squished and he was limping (pretty bad). A trip to the vet confirmed nothing more than a squashed foot (*whew*).

I'd like to find out how you all keep your beloved fur babies out from under your feet. I need some new ideas! He is my little boy and has to be near me, which is why he gets underfoot!

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Three things have prevented serious "stepping on" injuries in my multi-animal household.

1) The "Multi-pet shuffle". I haven't done a normal walk in my house in decades. I shuffle. I can't step on little toes if my own feet never leave the ground.

2) I bellow "GIT!!!" if they simply won't permit me to move freely. The right "Do it or DIE!" tone of voice generally gets them all moving in the other direction.

3) If I should move in a manner that lands an animal foot under my own, I'll take a fall before I'll put weight down on the foot.

So far, so good. I have no idea how long all of our luck will hold out, though.


    Bookmark   November 9, 2009 at 2:12PM
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I think a lot of it has to do with breed & temperament;

My Cocoa is a Burmese mix, & he's a real hazard, always underfoot, can't even run from him because it just gets him excited.

I think the "shuffle" is a great idea!

    Bookmark   November 9, 2009 at 3:23PM
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Step on them. They learn real fast to stay out of the way.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2009 at 3:37PM
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I've stepped on the little guy now for 16+ years and he still hasn't gotten the idea. He can't resist chicken and will do *anything* to get some. He's known for nosing out the dogs to get to it and almost became lunch himself a few times. He's all by himself now so there is no competition. I've tried the big voice, water squirts, broom, shuffle; nada. He still winds up under foot. The dog (she's gone now) knew "Get" and "No begging" but the cat never caught on.

I've taken a header for him many times and I've stepped on him before but this is the first time he got hurt. I swear he was trying to trip me as I had chicken in my hands.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2009 at 5:14PM
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My wife swears at our cat and gently puts her foot up his backside. I try to get him up on the couch or the spare bed by patting and making catty 'pswswsws' or 'ch-ch-ch' noises which seem to attract him.

The missus says I love the cat more than I love her. Well the cat doesn't make a habit of driving the car into the gatepost.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2009 at 7:08PM
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