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06 March 2012 @ 11:08 pm
Cat Proof Blinds  
I need blinds installed in my house, but I don't know which ones to buy. I have a cat (actually now 3) that likes to attack and chew the dangling cord that pulls the blinds up. This results in a tangled cord and the little piece of plastic at the bottom ends up broken. I'm also worried a delicate cloth blind or a metal one would end up beat up and damaged. I saw how much blinds cost at Lowe's today and I really don't want to throw my money into this project and have my cats destroy them.

Does anyone have any advice on any of the follow:

Type of blinds to buy with cats?
How to prevent the cat from attacking the cords?
Places to get inexpensive, quality blinds in general?
demiraks_world: red shoedemiraks_world on March 7th, 2012 04:20 am (UTC)
I have blinds that are wide slats, and they are plastic but looks like wood. They were "on the shelf" vs. custom ordered.
They were pretty inexpensive and my cats haven't ruined them yet (7 years, knock on wood).
I would probably shorten or tuck the cords out of the way.
Mercythirstyrobot on March 7th, 2012 11:42 am (UTC)
Seconding these! We've been here 5 years and two destructo-kitties still haven't managed to hurt them. Ours are Levolor brand, don't know how expensive they were as they came with the house.
juliecurieuse on March 7th, 2012 06:34 pm (UTC)
Yes - 2" faux wood blinds (cut free to your size at Home Depot, running about $35 for a normal size window) stand up to cat attacks SO so so much better than the $6 smaller plastic/metal miniblinds do. Also they look nicer, in my opinion.
tashatashabear on March 7th, 2012 04:21 am (UTC)
Tie the cords up in a slipknot to get them out of the cat's range? Unless s/he is a jumper, then all bets are off.
Zim Knits!zimknits on March 7th, 2012 04:39 am (UTC)
my cats destroyed the blinds at my last apartment, but this place has long wide vertical slats instead of the horizontal. No strings, just a pole to open or slide the slats across the track to completely open. The lack of strings + ability for them to gracefully slide between the slats while trying to look out the window has completely kept any damage from happening. Think they are just called vertical blinds, they come in a lot of random colors/ price ranges and I've even seen them at discount stores like Big Lots on occasion.
lisalisabella on March 7th, 2012 05:22 am (UTC)
This! They can't do anything to them. Mine like to walk through them to make noise but that's it. :)
Mimi: Serenaanimimi on March 7th, 2012 04:49 am (UTC)
Good question! My cats have destroyed the blinds here. Granted, they were cheap, but still! Makes my house look trashy (I rent). I'll definitely have to replace them before I move out.
Chérielutine on March 7th, 2012 05:12 am (UTC)
I don't believe they even sell blinds anymore with a dangly string. I'm fairly certain they made them illegal to sell (in the U.S. anyway) because children sometimes strangled themselves with them.
KBRgezellig_girl on March 7th, 2012 01:24 pm (UTC)
The string still exists, but it's two separated strings rather than a loop (if you can picture what I mean).
Lady Crimson Tide: HK40Kclynne on March 7th, 2012 06:20 am (UTC)
At our old house, we had bamboo blinds from Cost Plus. They were great, the cats never trashed them and they looked nicer than the traditional thin metal kind. We left them behind for the folks who would be renting our house, but now I wish we'd taken them, because the place we're renting now has the thin metal kind. The previous renters' cats started the process of thrashing the blinds and our cats have continued the process.

As for dealing with the long, dangly, string cords, you could put a cleat next to the window, up high where the cats can't get at it. We used to just wrap them up and tie a slipknot, but always meant to put in a cleat.
L: catyear_anda_day on March 7th, 2012 07:50 am (UTC)
Type of blinds to buy with cats? Vertical that aren't connected to each other. They're the only blinds my cat hasn't destroyed yet (she's killed every other set we have in the apartment), because she can pass through the slats to get into the window or wherever she's trying to go without bending anything.

How to prevent the cat from attacking the cords? Rub them with orange peels or spray some of the Bitter Yuck spray on them . Hope your cat doesn't think it's salad dressing like my cat does.

Places to get inexpensive, quality blinds in general? ... I actually need to know this too so glad you asked.
mimi: biotchmyluckeestar on March 7th, 2012 11:22 am (UTC)
LoL@ salad dressing! I need to buy some of the bitter apple stuff. I have one cat who is obsessed with chewing on artificial plants. He chews on some "sea grass" my mom has and then pukes up any piece of it he may have chewed loose.

Aren't cats fun? ;)

PS. That's the chewer in my icon.
lilsongbirdlilsongbird on March 7th, 2012 06:19 pm (UTC)
Have you tried spritzing the stuff you don't want them to chew with capsicum? My cats liked the bitter apple spray too, but capsicum deterred all but one... Who liked to steal spicy food. Special kitty he was. Rosemary or lavender oil both seem to work wel l too.
mimimyluckeestar on March 7th, 2012 11:20 am (UTC)
No advice on what kind to buy. However, when I was renting a house I found that if I kept the blinds pulled up a couple of inches from the bottom, the cats could get behind them to see out of the window without trashing them.
Karmen: Griffinkarmen on March 7th, 2012 12:16 pm (UTC)
I always keep my blind cords wrapped around one of the top slats of the blinds and have never had a problem with the cats getting at them. I also leave them up a couple of inches at the bottom for them to see out and again no damage, just a butt load of nose prints at their level ;) And I have 4 cats.

Its not the best picture but you can kind of see that I have all the blinds up a bit and the cords wrapped around the upper slats except for the door one, that one is broken so it is wrapped around the door handle. That is more than I usually have the blinds up, if I put them down I leave only a few inches for the cats but because of the tree they were up more than normal.

Hitwomanhitwoman on March 7th, 2012 01:02 pm (UTC)
THIS. That's exactly what I do, plus I have the plastic-looks-like-wood blinds. They are virtually indestructible, but I still keep them pulled up to avoid the noise of the kitties trying to get past them.
A Self-Made Manhugh_mannity on March 7th, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
Better to have a buttload of nose prints than a noseload of buttprints.

I've got ratty old venetian blinds in my bedroom. I keep the cords looped up out of the way and about a 6" gap at the bottom so they can watch squirrel TV.

They also have other windows that get more sun they can look out through, and an abundance of toys, so mostly they leave string alone.
Karmen: Griffinkarmen on March 7th, 2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
Better to have a buttload of nose prints than a noseload of buttprints.

Ok I lol'd, I bet the people that heard me think I am weird but it was worth it!
m0rbidm00nm0rbidm00n on March 7th, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
This. I leave all blinds up about 6-8" during the daytime, and either slipknot or wrap the cord at the top so the cats (and the dog) can't get to it. Since I started doing this, I've had no issue with destroyed blinds.
mahasinmahasin on March 7th, 2012 12:29 pm (UTC)
Big lots has blinds for $3.50 each if you live in the US and you live near a big lots.

We have the same problem with our cat but have pretty much accepted that we have to keep the blinds up about four inches.
Marryohmarryoh on March 7th, 2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
My aunt has blinds that are like...an accordion or something. You can pull and push them and they stay in place on their own without needing a string of any sort. Unfortunately I don't know what they're called or how much they run.

Oh wait, I googled them and came up with this: http://www.levolor.com/products/cellular-shades/ I guess they're called Cellular Shades?
Altamiraaltamira16 on March 7th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
I was going to mention cordless blinds. We have a set. They were a somewhat pricy custom job because we have windows that are a non-standard shape.
Eliza Seamachinegirl on March 7th, 2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
You want vertical blinds. Horizontal will get all bent up, unless you raise them or lower them far below the window sill. If you have a choice, go with vertical. The cats can still get into the window, and there's a ball chain instead of a cord.
Arrow In A Streamjabber on March 7th, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
Vertical blinds. Clip the cord up high so it doesn't dangle.
mmhmsupermelanie on March 7th, 2012 11:10 pm (UTC)
Well, I don't know if my cats are extra crazy or something, but they have definitely managed to damage my 2" faux wood blinds that other commenters found to be so hardy! BUT, they are definitely more durable than regular mini blinds. If I leave them raised about 4", the cat can get between the blinds and the window without ruining the slats. They are much thicker than regular blinds, so as long as the cat isn't trying to get between the slats, they are fine.
Kriskrisw on March 8th, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
in our son's room, we have regular blinds and we installed plastic bracketing up on the wall next to where the cord hangs which we wrap the cord on when we are not using it to open/close the blinds. The bracketing is similar to, say, the way cords on vacuum cleaners are stored, you just wrap the cord around the 2 plastic bits until it is no longer within reach of the mammal about whom you are concerned (kids here, cats for you). I can't remember specifically where we got it, but they have a child/home safety section of home depot and lowes, as well as babies r us.
Lisbet Karlsdottirlisbet on March 9th, 2012 03:48 am (UTC)
One of our cats used to chew on the actual blind itself. we had some super-cheap ones and they had teeth marks on them!

Then we got something called Plantation Blinds at Lowes -- they are thicker than the usual plastic blinds. They're horizontal and not too terribly expensive. We've been replacing the chewed-up blinds one by one, and so far the new ones have remained intact for the past several months! We love them.

It's something like this --

I can't remember the exact style we got, it was whichever was cheapest:)