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Place a box near your keyboard that is the right size for the cat to sit in. If possible, place it on something warm. Cats like two things: warmth and security. It likes being on your keyboard because it's warm. Provided a warm and secure place to sit and it'll prefer that.


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This happens because my cat likes to sit on my keyboard. Is there any way to prevent this from happening? I enjoy my cat's company while working, so would rather not shut him out. Since this is Lifehacks, I figure it's fine to offer an alternative solution: Install a cat typing detector on your computer. This is software that detects when the keyboard is ...


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I remember this from /r/funny a while back - a decoy keyboard! Kitty Fooled!


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Animals need boundaries. The only way to prevent that from happening is to set boundaries with him. If he steps on the keyboard, remove him from the desk and place him on the ground. You will need to REPEATEDLY do this EVERY TIME. He will very quickly learn that as soon as he steps on the keyboard, that means he is going to be removed from the desk. It ...


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Peanut butter is the best because they can't remove it from the trap: they have to crawl up there and WHAM they're gone. Needless to say, position the trap along the wall or wherever else they usually scurry. Another idea is, if you see the thing, use a shop-vac to suck it up.


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From a cat's perspective, ductwork is fun! The foil wrap makes cool crinkly sounds when you pounce on it, and it tears easily under the outstretched claws of any cat. However, cellophane packaging tape is not fun. Booo!!! Whenever my cats take to scaling or scratching things I'd rather they not (furniture, rugs, door jams, etc), I just cover the spot with ...


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Orange Marmalade. Really. maybe it was just those mice, but peanut butter or cheese took days. Marmalade I had one when I turned the lights off. Also placement is key. Mice like to travel against borders, edges of walls and appliances.


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You could use chicken wire or some equivalent to wrap the duct work. You can get it with gaps of different sizes and it should be available at most local hardware stores. If the gaps were small enough, that should prevent them from even touching the ducts. With larger gaps, they may be able to scratch the ducts but will not be able to pass through the ...


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Try bitter apple spray. It's a dog deterrent typically used to prevent chewing but I bet if you put it in a sprayer (like the ones used for weed spray) and went around the perimeter it would discourage them. Bitter apple spray is not toxic to dogs, just doesn't taste/smell good to them. Source: kept my puppy from eating my stairs, my dining room trim, ...


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Motion activated sprinklers deter everything, are non lethal, and their effects easy to localize. Lowe's has an "Orbit Yard Enforcer Motion-Activated 1600-sq ft Sprinkler" for less than $20USD. You mention snow, and for obvious reasons this solution isn't suitable when temperatures get below freezing. Even with this limitation, keep in mind that it won'...


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You could pee around the perimeter that you want to mark as yours. Source: Personal experience: I had a neighboring dog who would bark like crazy when I approached the fence separating our yards. Eventually I peed along the side of the fence, and he was the quietest dog ever after.


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There is no effective, legal way to do this. It's a problem older than Animal Control, leash laws (or equivalent), possibly as old as domestication of dogs. If you don't want to start a war with your neighbors, the only thing you can do without a fence is install an automatic camera so you can identify the dog to Animal Control. This is moderately ...


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The floating judgement box should work - I guess you could double decoy by putting an old keyboard in the box. Got to be irresistible to any cat ;)


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If a solid casing like Robert Cartiano suggested isn't practical, you could enclose the ducts in hardware cloth: Hardware cloth is flexible enough that you can shape it as you need to, but rigid enough to support cats climbing on it and keep them from tearing the ducts. You can also cut the hardware cloth to whatever odd shapes you need, and use a set of ...


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An effective way to remove pet hair is to use a Squeegee! I have.. Long hair cat Short hair cat Border Collie puppy all of which shed their fair amount of fur, and the Squeegee is by far the most reliable in picking fur off the carpet (more effective than my £280 Dyson :( ), especially if it has been left to lie for a few weeks.


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Excess hair isn't washed out of machine with the clothes so easily. Much of the hair is simply re-deposited back in the machine reappearing in the next cycle. Your washing machine also has its own "lint trap" of sorts in the form of a drain pump filter which has to be cleaned out periodically or all that gunk/hair can work its way back into the wash cycle. ...


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It depends on the places, where the cat leaves its droppings. Usually cats prefer places with soft and loose soil like freshly raked flowerbeds or sand. If that's the case you can place chicken wire over the ground. At least my cats dislike that. An alternative is a layer of rough bark mulch. This also prevents cats from digging holes and burrowing their ...


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Providing something that the cat prefers is the only way to solve this problem. My experience is that cats need a boundary that fits them. For example, my cat will sit on my keyboard and stare me down in a challenge if I try to remove her. But if I provide a nice warm box near the computer, she is perfectly happy to have that instead. With all cats, ...


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I am a fan of oatmeal and peanut-butter. a single oat flake glued to the trap with peanut-butter has never failed to get the mouse during the cold months. It usually works year round in urban areas, but is less effective in rural areas where there is crops during the growing season. On a farm I recommend a cat.


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I agree that they do it for warmth. I also got a box (although I took it one step further and placed a heating pad under the blanket inside the box at first... the room really was very chilly.) But they also love attention. Complete, undivided attention. So when O'Toole would stretch out over my keyboard, he knew that (a) I would have to stop whatever I ...


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The only way to absolutely guarantee that your headphones don't get chewed on is to place them in a container that the cats cannot open. Do not assume that just because the container is difficult to imagine opening by a cat that it will be impossible (or even difficult). I have seen cats knock things off the counter just to break open a container. You can ...


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You can drink your beverage out of a to-go cup designed to be covered (usually to prevent spilling hot drinks). They also make more-robust personal tumblers which serve the same purpose, but are designed to be washed and reused over and over. That should keep the family pet from sampling your morning brew. Product Search: Hot Cup with Lid Product ...


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Things I use: Substitute Vinegar with Ammonia. Using ammonia requires vigorous rubbing and possibly a scrub brush, but if you clean 2 to 3 times with this method the smell goes. Also, try substituting with dish washing liquid, the good smell can help get rid of the odour and do some deep cleaning. Make sure you add water or a residue may build up. ...


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We usually us chicken feed at my house. But, I know not everyone has chicken feed... You can also use cheese (the very commonly shown one), granola (works very well) or dog food. Bread, crackers, and peanut butter also work well. The UK Telegraph says that chocolate would also work... I've not ever tried that though so I can't say how well that one works.


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Slim Jim's have been catching the mice and rats in my garage.


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Guaranteeing 100% absense means either physically blocking the room or removing the cats… so let's call this a 99% assurance. Ssscat Pet Deterrent I've had many many cats, and each of them insisted on being somewhere they did not belong. On the counter, in the garbage, digging in the pantry… this thing has stopped them all. It is not only an ...


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You could try semi-rigid dryer ducting: It's still flexible, more durable, and only slightly more expensive. This is more than just tinfoil. Besides being stronger, it may also deter them due to the harsh tactile nature of it. In dryer months (no pun intended) this can act as an electrical ground, too. I've seen cats playing on a carpet get statically ...


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I once read that cats will walk around used coffee grounds. Just place some piles in the places where the cat goes and it should avoid those areas. Ofcourse you will need a lot of coffee to protect your entire garden, but it might be a start to protect some areas. PS: I'm told this will also keep away snails.


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I ended up using a power antenna from an old Volvo in the scrap yard. When it extends, the door opens, and when it retracts, the door closes. The antenna is powered by a 12V AC adapter, while the trigger wire is connected to a relay. The relay closes when power is sent to it from a WiFi smart plug, which means I can set schedules based on time and/or weather,...


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Your first (and best) line of defense is physical barriers to encase or block the duct work. The photo above is faux wood made specifically for that purpose, but you can just as easily (and more economically) fashion a simple conduit or barrier out of plywood or even inexpensive drywall sheets — they very easy to cut and finish to blend in with the ...


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