So, you’ve waited overnight to decide whether or not you should send that irate e-mail to your boss. Your finger is wavering between “delete” and “enter.” You decide that it is not in your best interest to send it, when WHAM! Send! Priority “high!” Curses! The cat strikes again!
Are our cats really cyber-savvy felines deliberately sabotaging our data? No one knows for sure. What we do know is that it must be stopped. Here are some methods that you can try in an attempt to keep your cat away from your computer.
- Tell your cat, “no-no!” If it works, then your cat is probably actually a dog. If it does not work, proceed to step 2.
- Roll up some packing tape strips so that they are sticky-side-out. Give them a quick run over your pants to remove some of the stickiness. Apply the packing tape to your arms, legs, and any other point of access to your keyboard. Upon his next attempt at sabotage, your cat will run away in shock, shaking his back legs one at a time in alarm, in a frenzied attempt to remove the tape. You should then remove the tape from your cat. Repeat as needed.
- Think about letting your cat settle in on your keyboard. Your ability to work then becomes impossible. What can you do? Your hands are tied. Might as well take a nap.
- Consider designating a window of time during which your cat can use the computer on his own. By walking across your keyboard, he may be trying to tell you that he needs to Google “hairball relief” or something like that. However, if you do let your cat use the computer, be sure and keep an eye on what exactly he’s doing. You don’t want him chatting with dogs posing as cats or finding places to score catnip.
- Here is a preferable method, which will cause less embarrassment to both you and your cat: place a handful of coins in a metal can next to your work area. When your cat starts to make a move toward the computer, shake the can. The noise will startle him and make him run away. Unless, of course, your cat is deaf. If that is the case, then your cat is probably really old, and you should pretty much let him do whatever his little heart desires. Klfgf.
Article written by Angela Antonelli