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Cat-proofing flexible air ducts

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 ...
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Cat-proofing flexible air ducts

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,...
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Stop free-roaming dogs from entering my property

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 ...
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Stop free-roaming dogs from entering my property

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. ...
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Stop free-roaming dogs from entering my property

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 ...
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Stop free-roaming dogs from entering my property

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 ...
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Cat-proofing flexible air ducts

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 ...
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How to prevents my kittens from putting nose in my coffee

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 ...
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How to effectively remove cat hair from clothes (e.g. T-shirts) of thin cotton?

We also have a cat, so I'm speaking from experience: Prevention - you don't need to get off what didn't get on your clothes in the first place. Brush your cat regularly. If he's not used to it, ...
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Cat-proofing flexible air ducts

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 ...
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How can I automatically open my chicken coop door in the morning?

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 ...
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Cat-proofing flexible air ducts

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 ...
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Cat-proofing flexible air ducts

There are a lot of products specifically designed to deter cat from climbing, biting, and scratching on the fixtures around your home. Bitter apple is a particularly nasty substance; if you've ever ...
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How do I feed my fish while I'm on vacation?

You can buy feeding blocks that slowly dissolve in water and reaese the food over a given period of time. They are cheap and sold with names as vacation food block, weekend food block or something ...
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How to prevents my kittens from putting nose in my coffee

In addition to the purpose-built cups and mugs with lids and covers, here's a Lifehacks answer. (inspired by a Robert Cartaino comment) … Place a small, light-weight saucer or "coaster" on the cup ...
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How do I manage my cat food in the absence of maid?

If the cat's over six months old, it doesn't need lunch - in fact, once a day is quite adequate, but put food down in the morning and more when you get home. For if you're away for longer than a day, ...
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How to build a detector to keep cats off kitchen counters

There are a few ways to keep cats off counters: First is deterrents. You can buy commercial products or use home made versions. Cats hate the feel of aluminium foil, and placing that on the ...
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Secure weather stripping against cat

Your pet is doing what works. You do the same thing. We all do. Many would want to find as simple a solution as you have to help their pet find a workable 'door bell.' Your issue is that you need to ...
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How can I keep my cat off my keyboard?

I bought one of these heat blankets that throws heat (once plugged in), so I place it next to my computer while working. As they throw more heat than my Mac (except when running Docker lol), the cat ...
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How can i prevent a drinking glass from getting knocked over?

First time I ever saw this I thought they were joking. I now have one [no affiliation, I just like it] The Mighty Mug Cannot be knocked over; picks up with no effort. Caveat - it does require a ...
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How can I get rid of cats?

I found the following somewhere on the internet posted by user daff55odil4: Find in your garden where the cat is going to the toilet. buy some balloons and blow them up not too large, dig a hole ...
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Cat-proofing flexible air ducts

Cats like both shelter and warmth. They are interested in your ductwork because of the heat it provides, and if they have a hole, they also have a shelter. Place multiple carton boxes around/on top ...
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What is the best way to keep you cat off your car?

Cats usually dont like citric smells. If you can spray some lemon juice around the door or leave some lemon peelings that might help.
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What is the best way to keep you cat off your car?

Funnily enough, you're not alone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIbkLjjlMV8 In case the link goes stale, the video linked above features... Hilarity aside, it appears that there are a variety of ...
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Need sensor to sound remote alarm when dog crosses a line

You can look into motion sensors. These can be fairly simple, like the ones stores use to detect people entering their store, or it can be something you build yourself. The off-the-shelf kind have a ...
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Pet detecting sensor

This sounds like a job for an UHF RFID sensor and a collar tag to go with it. However, that's going to be quite expensive. The alternative is going to be setting up two IR (infrared) beams across the ...
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Secure weather stripping against cat

The "secure weather stripping" itself is a shopping question, but one hack could be to add another cover strip that the cat cannot tear. How do you know the cat is "asking to come in&...
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Secure weather stripping against cat

At this moment, the cat out-smarts you. It is the time for you to take revenge :) so she's forced to meow or learn a cat chime That is your solution. Stop reacting in any way when the cat uses the ...
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How to remove dog slobber from clothing without laundering?

My hack is to wear patterned clothing such as From Moss Bros (no affiliation). The idea is that the slobber is not noticeable, the same reasoning as for having patterned carpets in the house.
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