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There is a reason curiosity is synonymous with cats.
Kittys are probably the most snoopy members of the animal kingdom, and this does not get any easier when you have colorful beings moving around in a glass box.
A fish tank is only second to a TV of the household items that catch the attention of your cat. Your kitty will sit o it, take a sip in the water, and even try to grab your aquatic pets.
So, how do you keep your cat from your fish tank and from stressing your fishes?
The easiest way to do this is to add a lid on your fish tank. You can also use light blankets or towels to keep your cat from spotting the fishes moving through the glass. If that does not work, stick aluminum foil or sticky tape where your kitty loves to sit to keep her (or him) away.
Please read on for more insight (and potential solutions) on how to keep your kitty from your aquarium.
How to Catproof Your Fish Aquarium
Most times, your cat will not cause any harm to your fish, but the over the top curiosity will stress your fish and gradually take a toll on them. So you might want to improve your aquarium setup to deter your kitty.
As I’ve mentioned above, the most important thing you can do is to reduce your aquarium visibility, probably put it out of sight from your cat. But since that is not usually feasible, the other alternative is to make sure your kitty does not have as much access to the fish as it would like.
Below are several hacks fish keepers have tried overtime most of whom have had comparative success.
Hack #1&mdashAdd a Lid on Fish Tank
Adding a lid to your fish tank will not only keep your cat from reaching your fish, but will also keep debris out of your aquarium, including those carried into your water by your kitty.
A lid is pretty efficient since most times, your cat will want to spend time on top of the tank instead of watching your fishes from the side glass.
The cover should fully enclose your fish tank and be firm enough such that your kitty can’t paw-it-off. You also want a sturdy lid that can handle your cat’s weight and won’t give in (or crack) even if she (or he) jumps on it.
In case your fish tank does not have anywhere to secure a lid, you may need to do a little customization to ensure the cover is safe once secured.
Hack #2&mdashCover Your Tank
Since most fish keepers prefer to only add transparent glass lids on their tank for aesthetics, that do little to keep cats from stressing your fish, I would recommend covering your tank as well.
Luckily, your kitty is most probably going to be well behaved when you are around, so you may only need to cover it when you are away or while you’re sleeping.
Because kitties are most interested in the top of the tank, and it where they can cause the most damage, you can choose to only cover the top and leave the sides open.
Towels and light blankets work best since they are light and will sufficiently obscure any movement in the tank, which tames your cat’s inquisitiveness and keep your fishes safe.
But for fish bowls, use something lighter like a doily over the top and use a rubber band to hold it in place.
Just make sure the base is steady enough to stand a shove from your kitty.
Hack #3&mdashRaise Your Tank
Cats are energetic and agile by nature and will most likely find a way to get to your fish tank, however high you place it. But having it in a spot where your kitty attention is not regularly drawn to it will gradually discourage him from reaching.
Raise your tank to a spot where the cat would need to get on surfaces like tables, chairs, or cabinets to reach the tank, then eliminate as many launch spots as you possibly can. Make it impossible for your cat to reach the fish tank in a single jump.
If there are many launch pads around, place items like books and plants on them to create an obstacle for your kitty. He might even get distracted by one of those items and forget the fish tank.
Using a tank stand also works better than placing your fish tank on low cabinets or based on the floor.
Hack #4&mdashCreate Distractons
Because kitties are pretty curious and like to play FBI on anything interesting, use that to your advantage to discourage him from reaching your fish tank.
Start by moving your fish tank or bowl from the center or conspicuous area of your room, then a lot of fascinating items to catch his attention.
The more colorful and mobile the toys are, the better. Look for items that move with the breeze or are remotely powered, maybe even stuff that make a sound.
Cats also like discovering new things, so take advantage of this trait by leaving out items your kitty can explore. Paper shopping bags (with the handles snipped off) and cardboards are simple and quite accessible.
You might want to also invest in a cat condo or a few well-placed scratching pads.
Hack #5&mdashTrain and Retrain Your Cat
One of the most efficient solutions, especially with kittens, is training them not to get too close to your fish tanks.
Older kitties might be a little harder to train, but they are also more likely to be less energetic and will mostly lie around not doing a lot; not even bothering your fish.
The same way you train them to do (or not do) other things, instruct them when they show a keen interest in your fish. Discipline them when they do wrong, and reward them when they’re right.
You can also try using a water gun to deter your kitty from venturing too close to your fish tank. Giving her a spray in the face will teach him a valuable lesson.
But please remember to always give your cat an alternative item to concentrate on because they are born curious. With no other source of entertainment, it is going to be impossible to keep your kitty from your fish.
Hack #5&mdashMake Your Aquarium Cover Sticky
One last trick that works like magic (more so when your kitty likes to sit on your aquarium top) is adding a lid and placing double-sided sticky tape or aluminum foil on the cover.
The same way you do not like to touch sticky stuff is exactly how a cat feels when it has to sit on sticking surfaces.
In particular with cats, if they have something stuck to their paws, they lose sensation, which is crucial to them in terms of their activities, and may even find it challenging to use their claws.
Regarding aluminum foil, kitty dislike the way it feels and sounds under their paws can be an effective deterrent for keeping them off of a surface you don’t want them to walk on.
Hack #6&mdashUse Indoor Cat Repellents
To quickly condition your cat from venturing in and around your tank or area of your house you don’t want them to, you can use either indoor repellent mats or spray.
The mats are designed to quickly condition pets to avoid prohibited areas with a harmless, low power electronic pulses similar to static electricity.
Simply place the mat on your tank where your kitty love to sit, and with time she will learn not to.
As for cat repellent spray, you can make your own natural solution with apple cider vinegar and water mixed ratio of 1:1.
The vinegar can also be substituted for an essential oil such as citronella, lavender, peppermint, or lemongrass (1 part oil to 3 parts water). Either one will make a fantastic cat repellent spray. Just spray it where your cat likes to hang out.
It will neutralize the area, and your pet will become disinterested in returning (read more).
Happy fish 🦐🐠 keeping, see you on the next one.