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Old 04-13-2008, 11:56 PM   #1
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keeping the cat out of places he shouldn't go

We recently bought a 76 Argosy, and since we plan on taking our cats with us when we travel, we need to make it cat proof so that they can't get into places where we might have to dismantle something to get them out. In the galley, under the sink and stove cabinets is a space big enough for a small, wiry cat to wiggle under, so we had to close it. And it needed to be ventilated because of the furnace, so some ingenuity had to be used. I went to Home Depot and bought a strip of expanded aluminum gutter screening, cut it in half and to length, and inserted the bottom of the strip in a piece of shower panel molding that I had left from another project. Luckily there was a channel in the aluminum trim under the sink cabinet, and I slipped the top of the strip right into it, and secured both ends with small bolts and washers so it wouldn't be moveable. The other piece, under the stove, had no channel so I just had to bolt it to the bottom of the cabinet. Now, when we get doors on the cabinets, it will be cat proof! Now, if I can figure out how to attach pictures, I will put them in here!
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Old 04-14-2008, 12:02 AM   #2
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Did you get the cat out before you put up your gizmo?
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Old 04-14-2008, 12:19 AM   #3
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Don't worry about the cat.

Experience has taught me that a cat can get into anywhere no matter what you do.

Also a cat can get out of anywhere it gets into. Often they just don't want to when you want them to.

Hunger or boredom always brings them out.

Ever seen a cat skeleton in a tree?
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You beat me to it. We don't do cat rescues, partly for this reason.
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pictures (I hope)

I hope this worked!No, I guess it didn't ! I'll try again tomorrow.
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I hope this worked!No, I guess it didn't ! I'll try again tomorrow.
Nope. Try again.
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Old 04-14-2008, 12:52 AM   #7
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The cat isn't allowed in the trailer yet. And my too-smart-for-his-own-good knows-how-to-open-doors-by-himself Abysinnian needs every way I can get to keep him out of things, and there are spaces into the belly pan around the plumbing big enough for him to squeeze thru if he could get in there. Wish I could figure out how to post those pictures!
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Here is a picture of my construction--I finally figured out how to make my pics small enough to fit!
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Old 04-15-2008, 07:40 PM   #9
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easy solution..

get a bigger cat!
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Very nice! I have the same issue and I just have some foam noodles trimmed and stuffed in there (don't use the furnace much). I will save your post for future reference. Thanks.
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Our cat Church has often been curious about the space under the galley. I opened the door and he spent his time in there and back under the bed. Now that he figured nothings doing he's content just hanging out waiting for his best buddy Maddie our rat terrier/chihuahua mix to come in the door to play. Robert
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get a bigger cat!
We HAVE a bigger cat--A Maine coon. She can't squeeze her chubby self in there. But the slim, svelte Abysinnian can. And he is nosy, poking himself into everything just to see what's there. And he's a mouser, if there has ever been a mouse anywhere he would try to go there. So the safest thing to do is to prevent it. He likes to spend his time at home in the basement up among the furnace ducts on rainy days.
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