Crash!! Another ornament lies smashed in pieces on the floor, and your furry culprit looks smugly at you! It’s not the first time, and you’re wondering “why do cats knock things off shelves?”
In this post you’ll discover all about the annoying feline habit that drives you mad! Although it can be funny to see your kitty deliberately knock pens off the shelf, breakables are no joke.
You’ll discover several common reasons why cats knock things off shelves as well as proven tips to help deter. In addition, you’ll learn what not to do and why.
I’m sure you’ve worked out by now that cats are not only crafty, but fast learners as well! If your cat performs an action that gets your attention, she’ll remember.
Whether that’s launching herself at your laptop or knocking things of shelves, if it works she’ll do it again. Attention seeking behavior is really common with cats.
There are many reasons why your cat is demanding attention. These can include boredom, hunger, or a desire to play with you!
If knocking ornaments off a shelf distracts you from work, your cat has achieved her goal!She now has your undivided attention.
Cats often knock things of shelves to play with them. This is all part of your cat’s natural hunting instinct. If you’ve ever seen your cat play with a live mouse, this is the exact same thing.
Cats are cruel hunters and toy with their prey even if they’ve no intention of eating it. Well, that ornament may not be a mouse but your cat is still acting on her instincts.
One thing to note is cats are near sighted. This is another reason your cat may be toying with your knick knacks. As your cat can’t see things clearly under her nose, batting them can determine if they’re live prey!
She’ll soon learn that batting an ornament off the shelf gets your immediate attention. It may also mean she gets a few extra kibbles.
Great result for your cat, and a break from work for you!
How To Stop Your Cat Knocking Things Off The Shelf
If your cat’s behavior is starting to wear a bit thin, you’ll be pleased to hear there are a few things you can do. Deterring your cat from knocking things off shelves isn’t all that hard.
Ignore Your Cat’s Behavior
While it doesn’t take long for cats to learn how to get attention, it can be stopped. By ignoring your cat everytime she knocks something off the shelf you’re letting her know this won’t work anymore!
Make sure you put breakables in a safe place first. You don’t want to find your best vase in pieces on the floor!
Ignore any temptation to jump up and shout at your cat. Not that our feline friends respond to harsh words anyway! Remember, cats have their own agenda and do whatever they please.
Also, raising your voice may scare your cat. It’s far better to reward good behavior
Spend Time Playing With Your Cat Each Day
Most of us lead busy lives, but finding ten minutes twice a day to play with your cat shouldn’t be hard. This will be good for both of you.
Not only will you be burning off some of your cat’s energy, but you’ll feel calm and relaxed as well. Invest in a selection of cat toys and rotate them so your cat doesn’t get bored.
Distract Your Cat With A Toy
If playing with your cat doesn’t stop her knocking things off the shelf, try distracting her with a toy. Feather wands or laser pointers can work well.
In fact, you can get interactive toys such as self rotating balls. This means you don’t need to be present. Just start the toy and hopefully your cat will chase the ball and forget about the shelf!
Get Your Cat Her Own Shelf!
It may be surprising to learn you can actually buy cat shelves! These fix on to a wall giving your cat her own playground. In fact you can find all manner of designs to suit your cat and your décor.
You could also get a cat tree if you have enough space. Place it near a window so your cat is able to watch local wildlife from a comfortable perch.
Place a few toys on the perches as well to encourage play and distract her attention. The more things your cat has to occupy her, the less chance she’ll look for mischief!
Make Your Shelves Undesirable Places To Hang Out
You could place sticky tape on your shelf to deter your cat. As cats dislike putting their paws on anything sticky this could work well.
You also try this on counter tops or anywhere else you don’t want your cat to jump. In addition, cats don’t like certain smells such as citrus
While you can buy citrus spray, it’s easy to slice peel from a lemon or orange and place on the shelf. Also, you can get natural repellent sprays such as Mighty Petz that don’t contain harmful ingredients.
I hope this article has helped answer your question, “why do cats knock things off shelves?” As you’ve discovered there may be a number of reasons for this unwanted behavior.
From attention seeking to boredom, once your cat has formed this habit it can stay for some time. Following the tips outlined here may help stop your cat knocking things off shelves.
Whether you spend extra time playing with your cat each day, or make your shelves less desirable places to hang out, do whatever works and stick with it.
Even if that means investing in a few toys to distract your cat from the shelf that’s great. Always remember to rotate them though as cats get bored easily.
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