You cannot completely prevent your cat from trying to get under your recliner, but there are effective ways to deter and redirect this behavior.
Cats like to seek out small, enclosed spaces to nap or play. Understanding why your cat is drawn to the space under your recliner can help you address the root cause of the behavior.
With simple solutions like barriers, deterrents, providing alternative spaces, and keeping the area clean, you can successfully keep your cat from repeatedly going under the recliner.
Understanding Why Your Cat is Trying to Get Under the Recliner
Cats enjoy squeezing into small, cozy spaces for a few key reasons:
- They feel safe and secure when surrounded in an enclosed space. It likely reminds them of a den.
- It allows them to nap or play out of sight from humans or other pets.
- The area is warm and away from household commotion.
- They can scratch and stretch on the underside of the furniture.
Knowing your cat is drawn to the space for natural reasons can help you address their needs in a cat-friendly way.
Effective Ways to Keep Your Cat from Going Under the Recliner
There are easy, humane ways to deter your cat from crawling under the recliner without causing stress:
1. Using simple deterrents
You can use some common household items to deter your cat from going under the recliner. For example, you can place some aluminum foil, double-sided tape, citrus peels, or mothballs under the recliner. These items create unpleasant sensations or smells for your cat, and make it less likely for your cat to go under the recliner.
2. Keeping the space clean and tidy
You can also make the space under the recliner less appealing for your cat by keeping it clean and tidy. You can vacuum or sweep the area regularly, and remove any dust, dirt, or debris that might attract your cat. You can also spray some water or vinegar under the recliner to create a mild odor that your cat dislikes.
3. Using a motion sensor alarm
Another way to keep your cat from going under the recliner is to use a motion sensor alarm that emits a loud noise or a spray of air when triggered by your cat’s movement. This will startle your cat and make it associate the space under the recliner with a negative experience. You can find such devices online or at pet stores.
4. Creating a simple barrier
You can also create a simple barrier that blocks your cat’s access to the space under the recliner. You can use some cardboard, plywood, mesh, or fabric to cover the gap between the floor and the bottom of the recliner. You can attach the barrier with some tape, glue, or velcro. Make sure that the barrier is sturdy and secure, and that it does not interfere with the function of the recliner.
5. Redirecting your cat’s attention
Rotate different toys in the spot daily so your cat associates the area with playtime instead of naps. Interactive play also provides mental stimulation.
Providing Your Cat With Its Own Space
Giving your cat acceptable alternatives can satisfy their needs so they no longer feel compelled to seek out the space under the recliner:
- Cat trees, towers, and perches placed near windows or household activity give them an elevated place to survey their domain. Be sure it’s tall enough to meet their needs.
- Cozy boxes, tunnels, and fabric cubes with soft, warm pet beds in low-traffic rooms or closets create a comfortable hideaway.
- Window perches with direct sunlight allow them to lounge and nap in warmth.
- Empty cardboard boxes with towel-lined bottoms make great temporary hideouts and scratch pads.
Providing multiple spots to climb, scratch, play, and sleep diverts their interest away from the recliner. Rotate new structures weekly to keep things interesting.
Using a Recliner Cover
For immediate results, invest in a recliner cover that fully encloses the bottom and back of the chair. This removes access while blending seamlessly into your décor. Use one without hanging edges or fabric your cat can grab onto. Make sure the cover is secure and does not pose a safety risk.
While challenging to fully prevent, there are many effective, cat-friendly solutions to deter and redirect your cat from repeatedly going under your recliner. Understanding their motivations, keeping the space clean, using repellants, providing alternative areas and perches, and securing recliner covers can successfully resolve the issue for both owner and cat. Consistency and providing enrichment are key to a harmonious solution.