Look, just because you want to keep your cat out of a certain room in your house (probably the bedroom) doesn’t mean you don’t love him. The list of rational reasons is long, it can be anything from allergies, a new baby in the house or simply just because you don’t want your cat from staying in that room.
Whatever the reason, it’s really possible to do it with the use of some tips and tricks. It might seem difficult, and the first thing to pop into your mind is probably the picture of your cat scratching the closed door and meowing, which can quickly become unbearable. Well let me share some other ways to do it, ways that don’t involve a sad, persistent cat scratching doors.
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 personally to the unpleasant event they will be experiencing. Whichever method you use, your cat will hate it at first but just 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 these, instead of bursts of air, 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 you can try making loud unpleasant noises every time your cat enters. This one is a bit tricky since the cat will associate it with you, and you don’t want that. You can also try putting some vinegar in the room, usually cats hate the smell of vinegar and they’ll stay away from it.
A Step by Step Training Guide
Unfortunately keeping your cat out of a room is a multi step project that you will have to approach strategically. Training your cat will take some time, you will have to be persistent and constantly analyze if what you’re doing is working or you will need to skip a step or modify it. In order to successfully train your cat, you can try following the steps listed below. Of course, just because these steps worked for other cats it doesn’t mean that you have to take them for granted, every cat is different, if you feel like changing your method at some point because what you’re doing doesn’t suit you or your cat, please do change it.
Step #1: Start by being realistic and lowering your expectations: It’s a really difficult thing what you’re trying to achieve, risky too, since if done wrong it can ruin your friendship with your cat. You have to be really careful and know that whatever you’re hoping on will not happen overnight, it takes some time and persistence.
Step #2: Set up your cat repellent of choice. This can be cat training spray, a spray-on repellent on the door, anything you decided on. Try to choose something that will work regardless if you’re at home or not.
Step #3: When you are present, try to defocus your cat from entering the room. So the cat repellent works at all times, but if you want results you will want to redirect your cat’s attention whenever he tries to enter the room. Try calling him, scratch the floor or throwing a toy at him, whatever works best at grabbing his attention.
Step #4: 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.
Step #5: 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.
Step #6: 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 an easy thing to achieve keeping your cat out of a room that you don’t want them entering, but it sure is possible. Just keep in mind that these are methods that have worked for some people, but that doesn’t mean that each of them will work for you and your cat. So feel free to experiment or skip on something if it doesn’t work or feel right. I really hope that it becomes a good experience for both you and your cat.