Different Approaches on Keeping Your Cat from Entering Your Room
There are many different techniques you can try, and each of them more inventive from the other. Truth is, your cat will not be happy about any of them. But they are pretty humane and they will not connect you to the unpleasant event they will be experiencing.
Whichever method you use, your cat will hate it at first but remember, persistence is key.
Use a cat training spray
There are certain cat training sprays on the market that you can use whenever your cat will approach the room. They come with a motion sensor, you place them on the floor and every time the cat passes by the device will releases a burst of air that will force your cat to retreat.
Use an ultrasonic cat repellent
Similar to the training spray. Instead of bursts of air, these emit an unpleasant noise (not audible for the human ear). These may seem a bit more practical since you will not get bursts of air every time you enter the room yourself.
Spray your cat with water
It’s probably the oldest one in the book. The problem is that you have to be present in order to do this, so your cat might do the connection between you and the event. Plus, it might actually signal your cat that he needs to stay away from you, not the room.
Use a spray-on repellent on the door
These emit an unpleasant scent that repels your cat. Well, at least most of the time, since some cats simply choose to ignore them.
Place citrus peels on the doorway
It’s a successful way, it sure works, but you’ll end up having to change the dry peels very often.
Make the room uncomfortable for the cat
You’ll have to use your imagination with this one. For instance, try making loud unpleasant noises every time your cat enters. This one is a bit tricky since your cat will associate it with you. You can also try putting some vinegar in the room. Cats hate the smell of vinegar and they’ll stay away from it.
A Step by Step Training Guide
Start by being realistic and lowering your expectations. It takes some time and persistence.
Set up your cat repellent of choice. This can be cat training spray or a spray-on repellent on the door. Try to choose something that will work, regardless if you’re at home or not.
When you are present, try to distract your cat from entering the room. Try calling him, scratching the floor or throwing a toy at him. Whatever works best at grabbing his attention.
Reward your cat when he does not enter. Once you redirect your cat’s attention successfully, and he does not enter the room – reward him immediately with a treat or by petting him.
Make your cat’s life cozier outside of the room. Get cat houses, boxes, cat trees or whatever you think your cat will appreciate the most and will enrich his life outside of the room. If the rest of your house is fun for your cat, he will feel no need to go into the forbidden room.
Play with your cat and keep him busy. If you want to keep your cat where you want him to be, you will need to fill his day by playing with him and petting him.
It’s not easy to keep your cat out of a room, but it sure is possible. Just keep in mind that these are methods that have worked for some people. Feel free to experiment or skip something if it doesn’t work or feel right.