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12 Ways To Stop A Cat From Climbing Curtains

Having a cat in the house means that you are getting a mean little fellow. Unlike dogs, cats do not care about messing up your furniture, your upholstery, or even your curtains. They are curious creatures and they dump their curiosity by scratching on the surface. Cats will try to scale your curtains as if they are Mount Everest. 

We admit that watching the cat perform these acrobatic acts can be cute but it can cause damage to your curtains or worse, injure the cat itself. So, if you have that energetic cat in the house, here are 12 ways to stop cats from climbing your curtains.

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12 Easiest Ways to Stop Your Cat From Climbing Curtains

1. Give Them Something Else To Climb On

One of the most effective and still the best ways to stop a cat from climbing curtains is to provide them with an alternative climbing structure. I myself chose the traditional scratching post, but you can also opt for a cat tree. These structures come in multiple colors, designs, and options that offer sufficient levels for climbing and perching. Be sure to place them near the windows where the cats usually turn.

2. A Double Sided Tape Does The Trick

Cats hate sticky stuff on their paws, and you can exploit this dislike. Use double-sided tape alongside the bottom edges of your ready-made curtains. This is where the cats usually start to climb. With a sticky feeling right from the start, this will prove to be a good deterrent for your cat without causing it harm. Be sure to use non-toxic tape.

3. Invest In Some Window Perches

You would often see your cat lying in the sunlight because they just love to bask in the sunlight and also observe us humans (coz they are super intelligent animal spies). This is also the reason that they climb the curtains, to get a high enough vantage point. To make it easier for the cat and protect your curtains, install some window perches. This will give the cat enough space to lounge and distract them from climbing curtains.

4. Kill Their Boredom With Toys

Another reason is that cats get bored easily and this leads to destructive behaviors like climbing your lightweight sheer curtains. Keep their physical and mental stimulation at peak with toys that speak to their hunting behavior. Common ones include laser pointers, puzzle feeders, and feather wands. With enough distractions and playtime, they will have less energy to climb those curtains.

5. Nip The Problem In Bud (Or Trim It)

The main culprit of your ruined curtains are the cat claws so nip the problem in the bud. Make it a habit to trim your cat’s claws regularly to reduce the ability to grip onto curtains. Get cat-specific nail clippers and maintain a grooming schedule for your feline friend. Scratching posts also help wear down those nails naturally.

6. Exploit Their Keen Sense Of Smell

Cats are known for being sensitive to smells and you can use this to your advantage. There are certain scents that cats literally abhor. Use them to deter them from doing unwanted activities like climbing home curtains. Spread some scent like apple cider vinegar spray or a citrus smell onto your curtains and their nearby surface. These unpleasant smells will keep your cats away from curtains. Be sure to use sprays that are cat-safe.

7. Create Barriers

if all your efforts until now prove to be in vain, it’s time to tweak your approach a bit. You can create physical barriers to limit their access to curtains. For this, you can use the tension rods or place your curtain rods a bit higher so that your cat cannot reach the living room curtains. You can also install decorative screens or some lightweight panels. These will block off access to the curtains.

8. Try Positive Reinforcement Behavior

Cats are very intelligent and one can easily modify their behavior with the right kind of positive reinforcement techniques. For this, you need to first offer some alternatives to curtain climbing. Now whenever your cat uses these alternatives instead of climbing curtains, give them a little treat, praise, or an extra playtime. With the right positive affirmations for your desired needs, can encourage the cats to repeat those behaviors.

9. Deter With Motion Detector Alarms

Another great way to stop a cat from climbing curtains is to add motion detector alarms near the curtains. When the cat pulls on the curtain fabric, the alarm will set off. The noise from the alarm will stop the cat in its tracks. You might think it is tedious but when it happens enough times, the cat will learn the lesson and stop climbing the curtains.

10. Aluminium Foil Trick

Much like the smell of citrus or apple cider, cats are also known for hating the sight of aluminum. They won’t go near a curtain if it’s covered in aluminum foil. This doesn’t mean that you need to ruin the decor of your curtains by hanging huge sheets of aluminum foil. Just like you did with the double-sided tape, place a good amount of this foil on the edges of the curtains. This will do the trick perfectly.

11. It Never Hurts To Seek Professional Help

Despite all your efforts and tricks, the cat is still not stopping climbing your expensive velvet curtains; it’s time to seek some professional help. Call a cat whisperer. They are professionals who are experts in training cats to your desired behaviors. You can also take the cat to a veterinarian. Oftentimes, these destructive behaviors are a sign of some underlying issues like anxiety.

12. It Takes Time To Train A Cat

This last one is not an actual way to stop the cat from climbing instead a tip for you to be patient. Changing any animal’s behavior is a time-consuming one. All you need to do is remain consistent in using the deterrents or providing an alternative to curtain climbing. do not use techniques that are negative reinforcements as this will cause stress & fear in the cat.

Our Final Thoughts

Cats climbing your curtains can certainly be frustrating and, to be frank, a nuisance. However, by effectively adopting the above-stated strategies, you can curb this habit. Either redirect their energy or discourage them with alternative options. Patience, consistency, and compassion should be the key factors in any approach. Soon, your cat will learn its lesson, and you will have scratch-free curtains.