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How to Cat Proof a Bathroom

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Playin' With Toilet Paper, Drinking Out Of The Faucet, Getting In The Cabinet... OH MY!!

Our cat, Dixie, drinking out of the sink... YUMMY and COLD!

Our cat, Dixie, drinking out of the sink... YUMMY and COLD!

How could I have forgotten this! Dixie also LOVES to SMACK that kitty in the mirror!! Such fun! She pounds the daylights out of mirror-kitty! And she's normally such a mild-mannered, sweet little girl!

How could I have forgotten this! Dixie also LOVES to SMACK that kitty in the mirror!! Such fun! She pounds the daylights out of mirror-kitty! And she's normally such a mild-mannered, sweet little girl!

HELLO?? Mr. Plumber? I seem to have a twelve pound furball in my bathroom sink... do you remove furrballs? (She asks innocently!)

HELLO?? Mr. Plumber? I seem to have a twelve pound furball in my bathroom sink... do you remove furrballs? (She asks innocently!)

Soooo funny, and so true!

Soooo funny, and so true!

Cats Are So Curious ~ It's Up To You To Keep Them Safe

Cats, puppies and even small children tend to have a special fascination for the bathroom. The most used room of the home, the bathroom has many perils that are just an inherent part of the room. Cats, just like little children, are curious and many of them absolutely love the bathroom for some strange reason.

The reasons I figured out for their love of the bathroom are:

1. TOILET PAPER IS FUN!!! - My gosh, you peeps have no idea how much FUN this stuff is! We can dig our little claws deep into this stuff and rip it to shreds, or simply get a hold of one piece and roll, roll, roll to our purr-fect little hearts content! So it gets all over the floor and peeps have to clean it up, you exist to be our servants anyway, just one more job for ya! You can "thank" me later!

2. WATER!!! - Water is fun, too! We rub up against the spigot and look up at you with our great big green or yellow-gold eyes, and you turn on the water for us so we can drink! It is so much yummier than that stuff in our bowl. Really!

3. TOILETS ARE FUN!!! - Just flush it already! Hurry up, flush it and watch me RUN to the toilet!! I'll try to jump up on the seat if you don't put the lid down, and I'll dip my head in and drink to my heart's content!

One of our cats, Misty, tries to do this ALL the time! We don't let her. I used to jokingly refer to the toilet as Misty's "all-day buffet." We think that because she used to live with college students, they probably thought it was hilarious to watch her drink toilet water so they encouraged it. It's been a tough habit to break her of!

Really, everything in the bathroom is fun and exciting for a cat, but these three attractions top the list. Both of our cats have also figured out how to open the cabinets, too. I used to keep extra rolls of toilet paper underneath in the cabinet... until I found out that our big cat, Dixie, was getting down there and shredding them all into oblivion! She got the biggest kick out of the fact that she was HIDDEN from us underneath the cabinet and could do whatever she wanted without getting into trouble... until MOM opened the cabinet and discovered what she had done!

Cats are curious and innocent, just like little kids, and sometimes we find that we need to "cat-proof" certain places for their own safety (and for our sanity!) It isn't fun cleaning up a big ole toilet paper mess, trust me on this one.

So, what are some good ways to cat proof a bathroom?

One very good idea is to put child cabinet locks on the cabinet doors if you have a genius for a cat who has figured out how to open those doors. This way, when they hook their little paw around the bottom corner of that door, they will pull on it and it won't open. FOILED again! I'm going to GET those peeps! How DARE they keep me out of the cabinet! (Ok, so this is what I imagine they are thinking!)

Toilet Paper Covers Are A Good Option ~

One thing I didn't realize when I began to write this - there are now covers you can put over your toilet paper roll that can prevent cats from unrolling it! VICTORY for the peeps!! They come in several varieties. One is a kind that is made of metal to go with many types of bathroom décor, and there are also some roll covers that are made out of soft material that can be changed according to the season. They have a decorative material design that is used to beautify the bathroom. What WILL they think of next?

I also read somewhere that one person made their OWN toilet paper cover out of a ziploc small hard plastic container (that was hinged). It fit right over the toilet paper roll and you simply opened it to get to the toilet paper. If I remember right, they used an X-acto knife to cut a whole in back so it would fit nicely over the toilet paper holder. It seems as if necessity is the mother of invention after all!

Other Potential Dangers To Cats Lurking In The Bathroom ~

Some suggestions in the past have been to simply keep the bathroom door closed, but often this isn't a practical solution. I DO keep the door closed when I have my curling iron plugged in, however. You have to look at cats as little fur kids and try to always be one step ahead of them to protect them from harm for those times when their unending curiosity gets the best of them.

Keep anything poisonous or otherwise harmful AWAY from cats. Either keep these things out of the bathroom entirely if you can, or keep them in the cabinet where you've installed child-proof locks. Better safe than trying to get to the vet as fast as you can because they've ingested something they shouldn't have!

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Always keep medications meant for humans totally out of cats reach. Even though most medications have child-proof or child-resistant caps now, be sure to keep them away from cats. Medications meant for humans are fatal and toxic for cats, as well as for all animals. It takes an amazingly SMALL amount of these medications to have devastating effects, so keep them entirely out of the cats reach.

Don't let cats in the bathroom if you've just used cleaners on surfaces, especially bleach type cleaners. I use these sometimes in the shower like many other people do for mildew. These cleaners are toxic and you don't want them getting onto cats paws, only to have them lick their paws later. So, when you clean, keep cats out of the bathroom.

Look in your bathroom to see if there are things placed on the counter that could potentially present danger to your cat. Look for things like small scissors and tweezers and other shiny objects. Yes it's true, cats are attracted to shiny objects! Even something as innocent looking as dental floss can be a terrible thing for a cat to eat, and some will try to do that because of the minty fresh smell!

Keep hair appliances safely stored and up and away from cats. Hair dryers, curling irons, flat irons, anything that can cause a burn if a little pink nose gets near it. Don't think that a cat will back away because something is hot... they CAN get burned and severely hurt and you have to be diligent about keeping these things away from them.

Keep other hair "doo-dads" away from them. Cats for some strange reason are totally FASCINATED by hair elastics that we ladies (and some guys!) use to put our hair into pony tails and in other styles. Cats can and DO try to eat hair elastics. I found that out the hard way once when I caught Dixie with 1/2 of a hair elastic in her MOUTH and she was chomping on the other half! The half she ate came out a couple of days later in the litter box, but not all cats are that lucky.

Be especially diligent about keeping sharp hair things away from cats. Shiny barrettes are fascinating to cats, since many of them feature pretty things like rhinestones. Our cat Dixie is a "girly-girl" from the word go! She LOVES anything that sparkles and shines and has to be right where I am if I am putting on any kind of jewelry or putting anything into my hair. She is absolutely fascinated and has to watch my every move. I am very careful though since the famous hair elastic "heist" to not let her have any of these things. I never thought she would really try to eat any of these things until she grabbed that hair elastic!

It seems like a lot to do, a lot of effort and a lot to think about, but your cats' safety is the number one concern and should always be at the top of your mind. Try, if you can, to see your bathroom the way they see it. Lots of shiny, fun stuff to play with and tempting paper to shred and trickling, delicious water. Get down to their level if that helps you and look for dangers, very much the same way you do when you child-proof a home when a small child begins to explore.

It's definitely better to take extra precautions and avoid a tragedy than to have something happen to your sweet, innocent little cat simply because of an oversight or carelessness. Remember that they are trusting you implicitly to keep them from harm and to keep them happy. Keep their little purr motor going for many more years by keeping them safe. Cat proof your bathroom to keep them healthy, happy and most of all, safe.


A Couple Good Options In Toilet Paper Covers...



KathyH (author) from Waukesha, Wisconsin on January 28, 2013:

Well, Maralexa, your cat KC sure must have been gorgeous, and that's a... biased opinion for sure! :) So glad you enjoy my furball articles, I sure do love writing them! :) Thanks so much for your nice comment! :)

Marilyn Alexander from Vancouver, Canada on January 28, 2013:

KathyH, you sure have a new fan! Very funny and oh so cute! Thanks for sharing the antics of your lovely 'furballs'. I truly adore cats. My favourite cat (KC) looked a little like your Dixie. Up and awesome!

KathyH (author) from Waukesha, Wisconsin on November 28, 2012:

Thanks so much for those warm wishes, epigramman! :) I'll send some back to you as well! :) Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement, both are much appreciated! :)

epigramman on November 28, 2012:

......well Kathy my cats pretty well have the run of this place because THEY OWN ME and are NOT TO BE CONTRADICTED - lol lol - but I do love your writing here and it's all - oh so true - isn't it.

sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time canada 9:54am

KathyH (author) from Waukesha, Wisconsin on November 04, 2012:

Elmer Fudd - or was that Tweety Bird who used to say "I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat?" I get my cartoons mixed up! ;)

KathyH (author) from Waukesha, Wisconsin on November 04, 2012:

They sure are, Dianna! They are extremely curious, and SMART from what I've seen! Thanks so much for stopping by and reading! :)

Dianna Mendez on November 04, 2012:

I had a good chuckle with the toilet paper stories, reminds me of my old cat. He loved unraveling many things in the home. Cats are curious and will get into just about everything anything around a home.

KathyH (author) from Waukesha, Wisconsin on November 03, 2012:

I tawt I taw a putty tat! I DID, I DID!!!! Thanks for the Elmer Fudd comment Chris, I haven't laughed that hard in a while! Very funny! :)

You might be onto something there! LOL!!! Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

chrisinhawaii on November 03, 2012:

"...than to have something happen to your SWEET, INNOCENT little cat..."

"Cats are CURIOUS and INNOCENT, just like little kids..."

Yeth, theeth peepth have fallen pway too our MIND CONTWOL powerth...they thill don't get it that we're...



KathyH (author) from Waukesha, Wisconsin on November 03, 2012:

Thanks, Beckie! I feel honored, you are the best at writing funny hubs! :) Writing from the cats view just kind of came out while I was writing! It was fun! Thanks so much for your sweet comment! :) I appreciate it!

KathyH (author) from Waukesha, Wisconsin on November 03, 2012:

The experiences are universal for sure, hawaiianodysseus! What a cute name for a cat, Kona! :) When I saw the cloth toilet paper covers my first thought was "I wish I invented that!" Ha!! Thanks so much for stopping by, always appreciated! :)

KathyH (author) from Waukesha, Wisconsin on November 03, 2012:

Aww, it's really a good experience, NornsMercy! :) We've had ours for five years and we love 'em to pieces! ;) We're fortunate in that ours don't destroy the toilet paper unless it is inside the cabinet underneath the sink...go figure! Ha!!! They leave the paper on the roll alone! :) They really are well behaved... just curious, which is why you have to keep them safe! :) Thanks for commenting! :)

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on November 03, 2012:

Adorable and fantastic hilarity ensues in the hub! Great helpful hints. Super writing from the pets point of view.

Hawaiian Odysseus from Southeast Washington state on November 02, 2012:

I had a whimsical time reading this Hub because our cat, Kona, just loves to meander in and out of our bathrooms.

Also had no idea that these toilet paper covers existed...but whoever invented them is making a killing with royalties, what with all the child- and pet-proofing needed.

Just one more reason I enjoy gets to see that even in the pet cat department, some experiences are just plain universal!

Chace from Charlotte, NC on November 02, 2012:

This is so cute and useful. While I don't have a cat, I'm ...a little sad I don't have one, but, also, after reading this hub, I'm kinda happy that I don't have one, haha! :)

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