Foster Kitten Climbing Window Blinds Defies Landlord's Pet Rules Like a Boss

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As a renter, I know well the fear of my pets doing something that the landlord disapproves of. As much as I love my little fur balls, I am acutely aware that they are, in fact, animals, with teeth and claws and a sometime loose interpretation of where the letterbox is. The good news is that they have caused decidedly less damage to the property than my kids. The bad news is: I also have kids.

The kitten in this video is also taking his sweet digs in hand when attempting to scale the blinds only moments after his foster dad promised the landlord he’d pay for any damage the cats might cause.

Ain’t never getting that deposit back now.

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Cats are natural climbers, and the fact hat this one is taking to the window blinds is not so surprising. “Climbing curtains is a kitten rite of passage,” is the way one person puts it in comments.

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Others say they have the same problem. “All our blinds and curtains have little kitten claw marks but at least the cats are happy,” says one.

And others warn that though watching this kitten climb the blinds seems like innocent fun, those dangling cords (also a kitten magnet) could cause true heartbreak. “Oh Dear!” writes one. “Tie up those cords. My girlfriend came home to a aweful situation (you can imagine) because she left them hanging down like this. Blinds can be replaced but this kitten cannot.”

But there are better ways to help a kitten fulfill their natural instincts in life than letting them go to town on your blinds, your curtains, or even your pants legs. It’s called a cat tree.

Why Do Cats Climb?

House cats are actually descended from tree-dwelling ancestors, just like certain wildcats, leopards, and panthers. This is why cats are so often found on top of shelves, clinging to the edges of doorframes, or even just snoozing on the back of your couch. Cats think of a space in vertical terms, and it’s actually beneficial to your cat to either make space for or even create safe perches in your home so they can survey their territory from on high. Get a cat tree, a catio, or even a few wall shelves for your cat to climb. The same goes for a cat who is scratching furniture—give them a scratching pad or post to use instead. Cats scratching are natural, but that doesn’t mean they have to turn your upholstery into Swiss cheese.

How To Talk Your Landlord Into Letting You Have a Cat

So while this kitten is seeing what kind of charges they can rack up from the landlord, there are steps you can take to ensure the owner of your property doesn’t get upset about having an animal around.

The first thing you can do is be a highly responsible pet owner. Ensure that your pet is well-trained and well-cared for. Provide it with alternatives to damaging your landlord’s property, like clean litter boxes, cat-scratching posts, cat trees, etc. Offer your landlord a separate “pet deposit” to account for any additional damage your pet can do.

Because let’s face it, they are still animals (or children).

“I'm never replacing the blinds in my front window,” says one person, who knows that damage may be inevitable, but love for your fur babies springs eternal. “They were marked by Gary's tiny 3 week old teeth 16 years ago. He passed away in April and sometimes I just run my fingers over the tiny teeth marks. I miss you, Gary.”

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