Protecting speakers from cats

Hi all, just a a small kitty as a present to my kids. I do like cats but I am predicting that it will go after my floor-standing speaker grilles and claw it at some point.

I just wondering if any of you could share your experience and have a good recipe to deter them, any answers or tips will be appreciated beyond the obvious shock the cat or get rid of it, etc...

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  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 12,505
    I have four cats, and they don’t bother the speakers. Other than screaming at them if they appeared to be looking at the speakers I didn’t do anything.
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  • OleBootOleBoot Posts: 607
    edited December 2019
    We've had a constant succession of cats, and none of them seemed to be interested in the speakers either. We did have one cat, however, that would sit in front of them when music was playing and rock gently from side to side !

    EDIT: But beware of keyboards

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  • oldrockeroldrocker Posts: 2,289
    BlueFox wrote: »
    I have four cats, and they don’t bother the speakers. Other than screaming at them if they appeared to be looking at the speakers I didn’t do anything.

    I can relate to that with Hazel... :D
  • halohalo Posts: 5,338
    I have had issues with the 2 cats here. One toppled a bookshelf speaker and I had to replace a dimpled tweeter. Another jumped to the top of 2 different floorstanding speakers, didn't quite make it all the way to the top, and dug their back claws into the drivers for purchase, ruining 2 midrange drivers on each respective speaker.

    The easiest fix was to figure out why the cats were jumping up there in the first place which was to get to the top of a bookshelf next to the speakers (some cats like to be high up!). Moving the speakers away from the bookshelves helped but I also got some scratching posts on the floor right in front of the speakers to keep them, and their claws, grounded. The scratching posts on the floor did the trick for me.
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  • maxwardmaxward Posts: 457
    We’ve been similarly lucky. Our current cat is too old to bother, but over time, none of the four cats we owned (and one guest cat) went after my Magnepans. The guest did tear up my DIY sound absorbing panels.
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,472
    If they show an interest in the speakers, just put one of these next to the speakers and they will use it instead: https://www.amazon.com/4CLAWS-Wall-Mounted-Scratching-White/dp/B015Y4HVTO/

    Worked for me when my cat scratched on my vinyl collection a few times. Put this next to it and now he always uses this.

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  • halohalo Posts: 5,338
    Clipdat wrote: »
    If they show an interest in the speakers, just put one of these next to the speakers and they will use it instead: https://www.amazon.com/4CLAWS-Wall-Mounted-Scratching-White/dp/B015Y4HVTO/

    Worked for me when my cat scratched on my vinyl collection a few times. Put this next to it and now he always uses this.

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    Agreed! The scratching post that I linked to above can also be mounted on the wall :)
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 15,287
    I had to put double thick cardboard sheets that covered the front of my sda1 signature with velcro that went all the way around to attached to the back of the speaker.


  • verbverb Posts: 8,838
    I love cats, grew up with them, but the Mrs is kinda allergic to em. Problem solved.

    Now I did catch Walter mark his territory on some floor standers at the old house, but that would be a different thread. :smile:
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  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 3,763
    get a gal milk jug, put some pennies in it and when the cat even goes near the speakers shake the jug and scare the h3ll out of it :D
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 15,287
    marvda1 wrote: »
    get a gal milk jug, put some pennies in it and when the cat even goes near the speakers shake the jug and scare the h3ll out of it :D

    If you never leave the house Marvin that may work..... or a red rider
  • delkaldelkal Posts: 636
    Get a recording of dogs barking, introduce your new cat to the speakers, then crank it up while they are sniffing them. You shouldn't have a problem after that.
  • boston1450boston1450 Posts: 6,595
    When we had Buddy Fat Cat he got close to the grills one day. I took it off & chased him with it. Then, if he entered the room & even looked at the speakers I would point at the grills & he would haul a$$. Never a issue after that. He would sit there & listen to music for hours. Buddy is sadly missed RIP
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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 4,683
    Post signs on the grilles that say the Latin equivalent of "Keepa You Hands Off!".
  • skrolskrol Posts: 2,844
    I have 4 cats that rarely bother my speakers. However, I do use either a cat deterrent spray on the carpet around the speakers and dried rosemary wrapped in a thin cloth or tissue and placed behind the grill. I used the dried rosemary because I didn't want to spray anything on the grills that might discolor or stain.
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  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 2,516
    Bookies on stands plus something on top of them to deter the cat from jumping up. Currently using 703's with a pair of stuffed teddy bears perched on top. Seems to be working. My 705s haven't seen the light of day in almost a year. :'(
  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 2,516
    skrol wrote: »
    ... However, I do use either a cat deterrent spray on the carpet around the speakers...

    Link? I've heard of home remedies using vinegar, but I really don't want the place to smell like it.
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  • halohalo Posts: 5,338
    marvda1 wrote: »
    get a gal milk jug, put some pennies in it and when the cat even goes near the speakers shake the jug and scare the h3ll out of it :D

    I think that's more of tactic for dogs
  • pawelmwopawelmwo Posts: 109
    So the best bet is to fill your house with scratching posts. They are fairly cheap and easy to replace. Other than that, cats hate sticky things. What I do every now and then is get some clear packing tape and roll it so all edges are sticky. Then I place a few strips around where the cats would normally scratch or try to mark the territory by drooling all over it giving it 'bumps'. Then they hit that sticky piece they avoid it and after a while it gets programmed in their brains to avoid it.
  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 1,137
    Is de-clawing said cat(s) not an option? Too cruel???
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,472
    jdjohn wrote: »
    Is de-clawing said cat(s) not an option? Too cruel???

    It's incredibly inhumane.
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  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 12,505
    Yes. I composed a rant reply to the de-claw comment, but deleted it.
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  • shsshs Posts: 53
    The problem I had was a cat peeing on a subwoofer, amplifier and other equipment. A pet shock pad (seemed to solve the problem at the subwoofer and now all my equipment is inside a closed cabinet. I have also had a dog scratch the driver on my center channel speaker as he goes crazy when a dog or other animal appear on the screen. Now days I use a grill as they are replaceable.

    Pet shock pad I used: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CTNRPD9/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,472
    shs wrote: »

    Maybe something like this might work for @afterburnt's wife? Good Christmas gift idea here.
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  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 1,137
    Some might argue that keeping cats (only) inside is inhumane.
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    Oops! Posted in the wrong section.
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