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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Advice for a new pet owner please ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 9/1/11 8:23 PM

Hi sewing sisters and brothers, we are about to get a cat that is about 4 months old and very curious. I am wondering if there are anythings I should do, similar to 'child-proofing' only 'cat-proofing' for the safety of the cat. I am particularly concerned with the sewing area; with pins, pens, scissors, iron or anything else that might present a hazard. My sewing area is part of a larger family room so just closing the door is not an option. Any safety precautions I should know?

Blessings!
Debra

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Subject: Avice for a new pet owner please Date: 9/1/11 8:28 PM

Be very careful leaving bits of thread out. Many PR members have posted about their kitties getting very sick and even dying from eating thread. I lost a cat this way. Invisible quilting thread is the worst.

If you can't keep the kitty away from your sewing things, then think about getting a large rubbermaid box (or something similar) and putting all your thread, pins (my cat loves pins, I don't know why), bobbins, and other things that might be of interest to kitty in that and putting the lid on tightly. Also plan to lock your patterns up; my cat loves to eat pattern pieces.

I also have a large rubbermaid box for my WIPs, to keep my cat from curling up on top of them and shedding all over everything. And I'm careful to keep the covers on my machines to keep cat hair off them.

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Subject: Avice for a new pet owner please Date: 9/1/11 8:32 PM

It's the threads that are irresistible to kitties. Mine used to play with them and then try to swallow them. She'd gag and we'd go running to pull them out. We ended up making the sewing area less inviting by laying double sided tape on her favorite places to sit and putting aluminum foil sheets across the door jamb. Needless to say, threads were closely policed.

Good luck!

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Subject: Avice for a new pet owner please Date: 9/1/11 8:38 PM

As the other posters have mentioned watch your thread, and needles with thread on them. Elastics etc. Maybe you can invest in a chest of drawers and put the stuff away. I have French doors to close off the area to my dog and cat. It's just better that way!
Give your pet lots of other stuff that she/he enjoys. I make mice from recycled wool for my cat as well as cat nip bags filled with his drug of choice. Give him other toys and hopefully he will leave your stuff alone. However, wherever you are, they will likely be as well.
Be careful of curious kitties and irons as well. Mine used to jump on the ironing board.
Good luck with your new kitty.
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Subject: Avice for a new pet owner please Date: 9/1/11 9:35 PM

My cats love to roll around in patterns, and they loved the Sew-Classic brush with bottle brush bristles on one end and a paintbrush style brush on the other so much that I bought them their own on my last order.

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Subject: Avice for a new pet owner please Date: 9/1/11 11:52 PM

If you have house plants, be aware that some are poisonous if the kitty decides to nibble on them. When Christmas time comes around, don't use tinsel on your tree, and you might want to keep any glass ornaments up on the hire branches. Cats climbing and tipping over Christmas trees is not unheard of.

My cats will not only try to eat the little thread trimmings in my sewing room, but also the trimmings from my serger. I keep a small garbage can with a lid on it right by my sewing table so that all thread and serger trimmings can be immediately disposed of.

If your new kitty is anything like my 2 cats, be prepared for sewing to be a whole new experience. They love to help! My assistants try to crawl under the fabric as I am pinning, and try to tear up the pattern tissue. Anytime I need to use a tape measure, I get two out...one for the cats to drag around the sewing room and one for me to measure with. I did accidentaly find out that if I put an empty shoe box on my work table, one of my cats will gladly sit in it and watch and leave me alone to do my sewing. She will stay in that box for hours!

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Subject: Avice for a new pet owner please Date: 9/2/11 0:05 AM

Oooh, that might work. I've been considering an Ikea Lack shelf and cat beds above my sewing table for them to lay on.

Also, easter grass and the mylar icicles are very bad for kitties as well.

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Subject: Avice for a new pet owner please Date: 9/2/11 0:25 AM

Quote: jeanbluecat
Hi sewing sisters and brothers, we are about to get a cat that is about 4 months old and very curious. I am wondering if there are anythings I should do, similar to 'child-proofing' only 'cat-proofing' for the safety of the cat. I am particularly concerned with the sewing area; with pins, pens, scissors, iron or anything else that might present a hazard. My sewing area is part of a larger family room so just closing the door is not an option. Any safety precautions I should know?



Blessings!

Debra

Kittens are a pain. They are more annoying and harder to live with than adult cats, so once you get past kittenhood things get better. My little one will be six months old on the 10th, so I know just what you will go through. (She is really cute, though. And very pretty.)

I also have my sewing area in a corner of the family room. I keep everything in plastic boxes, and I never leave the room with a machine running (like my embroidery machine). I count all of the pins as I use them, so I am sure to put them all back. I am extremely careful not to lose any thread, nor do I leave out anything I am not using. I put everything, down to the last pin and scrap of thread away, every time.

Your kitty is an individual, so he or she will think of some sort of individual trouble to make. Once you see what it is you can forestall it, but you will have to wait and see what she or he does.

Oh, in my experience, they are afraid of the iron and it is not the problem. They are not, unfortunately afraid of the sewing machine, so I don't let them sit next to me as I sew.

ETA: Congratulations on the new family member. She or he will bring you so much happiness and love that you will wonder how you ever managed before. We have nine (don't ask) and wouldn't want to do without any of them, including the annoying kitten.
-- Edited on 9/2/11 0:29 AM --

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Subject: Avice for a new pet owner please Date: 9/2/11 1:30 AM

Cats like eat the little pieces of thread? I should remember that when I start sewing again. Just in case.

I don't have anything to add. We got our cat when she was an adult and most of the things she could ruin are already hidden because of the ferrets (luckily those can't climb as well as cats do). They think everything lying around is either to play with of or to push off the table.

Just thought of something, if the kitty is playfull, keep glasses with drinks away from the laptop/pc when you are not there. We had an incident of a ferret pushing over a glass and ruining our laptop. I can see that happen with kittens as well.

Also remember, the most fun things to play with are the things they are not allowed to play with. Or things that originally aren't toys.

Have fun with your new kitty!

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Subject: Avice for a new pet owner please Date: 9/2/11 4:30 AM

Be very careful of dropped pins and needles. Cat's can get these stuck in the throat area. I'd suggest a strong magnet on the floor near where you sew, perhaps using pattern weights for cutting out to minimise pin use, and a wrist pin cushion. Those of us with cats all seem to find that they love parking themselves on the bit of pattern plus fabric you're cutting out, or bedding down on the folded up pieces waiting to be sewn. Good luck with that

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