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#3143782 08/05/21 09:21 PM
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Anyone have any tips about keeping cats off a grand piano? I have a cover, but it seems to invite them to sit on it.

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I try to provide more enticing places for them, like hammocks and cozy blankets elsewhere. It kind of works. But mostly I'm just resolved to keeping the piano closed and the cover on it when I'm not actively playing.


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I leave my piano on full stick, and my cats have never shown an interest. Suggestions I have seen for kitchen counters should also work for pianos: aluminum foil, plastic sheets and sticky tape being three suggestions.


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May I suggest a dog laugh

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If you have cats, they own everything in the house. Be happy that they even let you play their piano. grin

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I have a cover and keep it covered when not playing. Also my cat is fortuitously afraid of balloons so I keep some on the piano. Another alternative would be to keep a scat mat or a a scat spray can on the piano.


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This is along the lines of the aluminum foil suggestion above. Crinkly material:

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If you have cats, they own everything in the house. Be happy that they even let you play their piano. grin

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If it's in their house it belongs to the cats. And just to send chills up your collective spines, awhile ago I read of a man whose cat threw up INTO his keyboard. cry eek Resign yourself to keeping it covered....


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Wait until they're scheduled to go to the vet, take them off the piano and straight to the vet's office. They'll avoid the piano like the plague.


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Just keep your piano covered and when the cats jump on the cover just have a simple water sprayer handy. When your cat jumps on the cover, give the cat a totally harmless squirt of water. Then buy them something delightful, like a new toy and reward them when they’re away from piano. A favorite treat works too.


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You can keep the lid open if you have a string cover. Cats can't walk on the string cover.


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Clear plastic carpet protector is sold on rolls and is cheap. The plastic points on the back are very effective in repelling cats. Cut to size and lay it with the pointy side up. Harmless but effective. Make sure you get the kind with points, not just grippy nubs.

My mom used to have this on our light colored carpet back in the day. My brother thought it was hilarious to turn it over and wait for a barefoot person to step on it.


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Originally Posted by MarkL
Wait until they're scheduled to go to the vet, take them off the piano and straight to the vet's office. They'll avoid the piano like the plague.
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My cat actually enjoys the piano music. She only jumps up when I play and sits there and acts as if the piano is being played for to enjoy the music. Then after a while she wants to play with the light for the sheet music so that's when she gets tossed gently on the floor

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Originally Posted by danno858
My cat actually enjoys the piano music. She only jumps up when I play and sits there and acts as if the piano is being played for to enjoy the music. Then after a while she wants to play with the light for the sheet music so that's when she gets tossed gently on the floor

Too bad all cats aren’t as mellow as yours. Things would be so much easier on cat owners. 😁


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As any cat owner can tell you, no one ever really owns a cat.


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Originally Posted by MH1963
Clear plastic carpet protector is sold on rolls and is cheap. The plastic points on the back are very effective in repelling cats. Cut to size and lay it with the pointy side up. Harmless but effective. Make sure you get the kind with points, not just grippy nubs.

My mom used to have this on our light colored carpet back in the day. My brother thought it was hilarious to turn it over and wait for a barefoot person to step on it.

That sounds like a dandy idea (as a cat deterrent, not as an object of torture for your brother! grin). It would stay in place, not damage the surface, and is clear so would not be as ugly as foil.


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Originally Posted by guyl
As any cat owner can tell you, no one ever really owns a cat.

Sorry I forgot. Mellow cats are so much easier on their designated human servants.


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