Do you know why pets attack certain objects in your home while you’re away? There are a couple of reasons. One is that these items smell like you and they want to be close to the scent of their best friend. The other is that they want to get THEIR scent on the items to mark them as belongings (or stake out territory). This is especially common with multiple pets in a household. Or perhaps they’re just teething. In any case, you may find yourself coming home to a keyboard, mouse, and monitor covered in cat hair or dog slobber and a tower beset by dusty paw prints, chew marks, or worse. This probably isn’t good for your computer equipment and at the very least, cleaning it up can be a hassle. So if you’re looking for ways to pet-proof these pricy electronics, here are a few tricks you may want to try.
Create a pet-free zone. The easiest possible way to deter pets from pouncing on your computer equipment is to keep them out of the room where your electronics reside. Simply keep the door closed and don’t let your pet in, even when you’re present. This will ensure an area free of pet hair, drool, and other bodily fluids.
Motion-sensor spray. Cans of motion-sensor aerosol spray (don’t worry, they just shoot out a jet of compressed air) are not cheap; they’ll run you forty to fifty bucks a pop. But as soon as pets learn where these annoying obstacles are they’ll steer well clear of the area. Cats are especially hesitant to go near such deterrents and they present a humane method of keeping pets away from your computer.
Repellent scents. Most animals have certain odors that will drive them away, and luckily there are several that people tend to like. Many cats will shy away from lavender and citrus scents, so placing bowls or sachets containing these items around the computer may keep them at bay. Garlic tends to be a universal deterrent, but then it may also drive you away. The best bet is to try different substances to see what will keep your pet at bay without keeping you from enjoying your computer time.
Behavioral training. It’s funny how long it takes some pet owners to come around to this methodology (everyone wants to take the easy way out). But by simply taking the time to do a little research into why your pets are attacking your computer equipment you can find ways to train your dog to stay away from areas you don’t want him getting into. Cats are a little more defiant, but not untrainable as a whole. So consider putting in the time and effort to get the results you want and you could end up deepening your relationship with your pet in the process.
Use basic protection. Whether you get screen protectors and keyboard covers or you prefer to batten down the hatches with a whole-system drop cloth, there are plenty of ways to keep slobber, muck, and animal hair off the screen and out of the cracks and crevices in your keyboard. A little planning can go a long way towards ensuring that the byproducts of having pets are kept well away from your computer.