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Dear Christopher Cat

I am moving into my first apartment, and I have a cat. Please give me some cat-safe decorating ideas.

Christopher Responds

Start by placing tables or shelves in front of windows, preferably within view of a bird feeder so your cat can “window shop.”

When we’re not watching the antics of birds and chipmunks, we like to doze on high perches, like the top of the china cabinet or refrigerator, so make them easily accessible.

Even better, encircle the room with a catwalk, and build access steps.

Incorporate at least one kitty tower or condo. Ensure that all scratching posts are stable.

Cover a cozy cat bed with a plush towel or fleece that can be tossed into the washing machine when it gets hairy.

Protect furniture with washable slipcovers, or choose upholstered furniture with tightly-woven, stain-resistant fabric of neutral colors – or a color that matches your cat.
Add an easy-to-clean sea grass rug.

We cats love to play in water, so consider a decorative fountain that filters the recirculating water.

If your windows have blinds with cords, prevent your cat from gnawing on the cord or getting tangled in it by installing a cleat next to the window and wrapping the cord securely around it.Avoid dried flower decorations, because we cats love to chew them. And don’t display fragile nicknacks where your cat can amuse himself by testing how high they bounce.

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