Cat-Proofing Your Computer

Protect your cat and your computer with simple safety precautions.

Posted: Fri Aug 1 00:00:00 PDT 2003

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KittenIf your household includes both cats and computers, follow these steps to create a safe work and play environment.

1. Choose computer hardware and accessories that can bear a cat's weight. Avoid cantilevered trays and components with fragile, unsupported attachments.

2. Place keyboards and other parts under shelves to reduce your cat's "pounce potential."

3. Use printers and scanners with internal paper trays and enclosed feed mechanisms, or cover the feed rollers. Turn your printer or scanner off when you leave the room.

4. Secure, hide or wrap excess lengths of electrical cords.

5. Whatever adjustments you make to your work station, don't block cooling vents. Make sure outlet strips are placed in ventilated areas.

6. Use a mouse pad with a smooth surface that easily wipes clean. Or, use a flexible plastic keyboard cover to repel cat hair.

7. Protect your software from "kitty editing" by moving open documents or applications to the background when you're not at the computer.

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debby    raleigh, NE

7/1/2013 1:27:48

how true is all this for my cat likes to jump up on the desk and usually on the keyboard and chew cords but thing ones not thick! never thought of putting away the key board when not using computer thanks for great tips

debby    raleigh, NC

3/24/2013 11:59:17

very good advice

Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

1/29/2013 11:56:01 PM

Good to remember.

Richard    Miami, FL

9/18/2007 11:41:51 PM

All of the suggestions were logical, but there was nothing that I found particularly surprising or informative. The ideas were good reminders, but not terribly comprehensive. To me, it seemed like a filler article. I could have written about three times as much without even researching the subject. I don't mean to be critical, but it left me hungry for pages two and three.

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