How To Protect Your Blinds From Your Cat

If you love the look of blinds but have a cat, you likely understand a frustration many cat owners share – cats seem to love destroying blinds. Fortunately, you can still have your window covering of choice even with a feline companion. The following tips can help.

Tip #1: Choose the right materials

The material your blinds are made out of goes a long way toward determining their durability. Plastic or aluminum mini-blinds are the most likely to suffer damage, simply because they tend to snap when your cat tries to slide behind them. If you prefer the look of horizontal blinds, invest in quality wood blinds because they are more durable. You can still have them painted in any color desired. As an added benefit, wood blinds aren't typically permanently strung in place, so you can replace a single slat if necessary.

Tip #2: Consider the vertical option

If you're still worried about your cat and the blinds, opt for vertical blinds instead. These hang more like a curtain, so your cat can simply walk between the hanging slats. Just make sure the style you choose hangs freely without any bottom connecting cord. Also, you may want to avoid the fabric coated styles, as these attract pet hair. Instead, get vinyl slats so you can wipe them clean with a damp cloth.

Tip #3: Create a privacy solution

Another way to minimize blind damage is to leave the blinds up a few inches so your cat can jump onto the window sill without any need to shove the blinds out of the way. Unfortunately, this can compromise your privacy. Combining blinds with a curtain can solve this problem. Another option is to hang a cafe curtain over the bottom half of the window so you have privacy and your cat can still easily get onto the windowsill.

Tip #4: Control the cord

Getting the cord out of reach is important for more than just the protection of your blinds, but also for the safety of your cat. This is because cords can wrap around a cat and lead to injury or death. You have two options when it comes to the cord. Many newer blinds feature a cordless option. If you don't have the option of going cordless, then install a cord cleat on the wall near the top of the blinds. You can then wrap the cord around this so it doesn't dangle and entice your cat to play.

For more help, talk to a window coverings dealer in your area.