Window Blinds

Risks of Window Blinds

To your cat’s eye, the dangling end of a drapery or blind cord is an open invitation to play — and possibly to disaster. Even just crawling between drapes or blinds and the window (an all-time favorite feline pastime) can land kitty in a tangle. Cats who get caught in the loops of pull-cords panic. At the very least, the blinds or drapery rod will come down with a crash. At worst, a cat can strangle, do fatal internal damage, or actually get so worked up that his heart gives out.

For maximum safety, tie or wrap all window cords well out of feline reach.  Or, even better, avoid vertical blinds, pooling drapery, ornate tassels and long cords that can become strangulation hazards all together. 

Safety Suggestions

Allow your cat access to the window without restriction – keep blinds pulled up and cord tied up safely up high away from your cat.

 

Ways to Keep Your Cat Out of the Blinds

 

1. Set up a perch for your cat in front of a window with an unobstructed view (a window without blinds or blinds pulled up and cord safely tied away).

2. Apply double-sided tape to your window sill. Your cat will hate the way it feels on his feet. After a few sticky encounters, he’ll stop visiting that window.

3. Place a carpet runner, bottom side up, along your window sill. The “spikes” will annoy your cat without hurting him, and he’ll hate the way it feels on his paws more than he likes looking out that window.