Tech Lolz: Cats Taking Over the World, But Not My Keyboard!

For those of you who are blessed enough to own a feline, you are well-aware of their intent to make you as uncomfortable as possible in your daily routines. Needless to say that because of their cuteness, you tend to allow their mischievous behavior and worse, get used to it. Well, my fellow friends, it is time we take back what is ours. It's going to be a long process, and, most likely, we will not win, but God-damn-it, I will not stand here with my arms crossed, while my cat makes a mess out of this articleksjdngffklrddgjy634567uh. Point taken, cat!

Taking back the keyboard, one button at a time

Today's topic was shown to me by a friend who found it pretty funny, yet so true. The options available in this article are endless.

The user lothar started the following thread: How to protect the keyboard from your cat?.

"Question for any programmer and cat lover working from his home office. So many times my keyboard is taken over violently by my two cats who think it's the right place for a sleep - and almost every time when they do this i'm was in this precious 100% concentration phases before i get interrupted.
I tried it with a burning anti- mosquito coil under the desk but they got used to the smell pretty fast.
EDIT: And no i don't want to keep them completely away from my room."

Didn't you know that cats are the Satan's little minions? Of course they get used very fast to the way you try to make them hate something. They actually love it more and also hate you more. From their point of view it's a win-win combination.

Oh, you have some work to do? Why don't I just position myself tactically on this surface? I'll just place my fabulous behind right here thank you very much!

However, as we humans are the superior race, we have invented many ways to put us out of our misery. Because you cannot just take a cat from your keyboard and put it down on the floor. The consequences are beyond evil. In case you didn't know, cats have discovered their magnificent ability of clawing your feet until the right kind of attraction is directed their way.

Let's take a look at some of the solutions found by other users of this forum:

rick bradshaw suggested the following genius idea: "I think you need PawSense".

I mean, come on, this is absolutely genius. So from what I understood, this software blocks your keyboard input when random letters are pressed… and until you type in that you are a human, nothing happens. Pretty solid. Though the "h", "u","m" and "n" are mainly in the same area of the keyboard. Thank God for "a" being on the other side. What would be the chances?

Let's see another solution coming from keltari:

"The Kitty Keyboard Cover, or as we like to call it, "Kitty Keyboard Kover", is a simple and elegant solution to your cat(s) walking all over your computer keyboard.
Made from very strong 1/4" acrylic (plexiglas), the cover easily supports a 16 lb (quite large) cat.
It also, to a certain extent, helps keep all the kitty hair and dust and dirt out of the keyboard. There's plenty of room for a deeper keyboard, even the ones with the built-in touchpads and media buttons."

So, mainly you can put Garfield on the glass and he feels like he is sitting on top of the keyboard while you simply use it underneath? Don't know what to say. Seems a bit too easy to work. Are kitties in fact that dumb? Easily tricked by a solid plexiglass? I will have to test this out.

harperking suggested the following:

"The water bottle is the best way I have found to keep my cat away from anything. Once they get misted a few times they learn what it is for. Now all I have to do is have one sitting near whatever it is I want them to stay away from. If they come near the keyboard when I am working, all I need to do is pick up the bottle and they get down off the desk immediately. It doesn't hurt them and it is a very inexpensive solution!"

This is actually one of the most effective weapons that we have against cats. They absolutely hate it and they cannot pee on it to show their vengefulness. Well, in theory they can, but I haven't heard of one that did so yet.

And if you have a laptop and you complain of this, well, sorry, but you just have to close the lid. You are not allowed to complain on this topic. You have it easy.

Conclusion

So you have your 3 main methods of solving this: the software method (PawSense), the hardware method(KKK) and the good, old- fashioned, TrustMeImAnEngineer method (spray bottle). I personally love the software method, however, I am a keen user of the TrustMeImAnEngineer method. Spraying my cat out of different hideouts is and has been one of my favorite stress relief methods for some time now. Sad, but true as Metallica says.

Do you find yourself in this situation? And what would you like to use against cat domination in your household? Looking forward to your answers in the comments section below. 'till next week and take care!