Monday, June 27, 2005

Monitor Blues

My boys are a chip off the block, for sure. They love to play with daddy's computer. They used to walk all over the keyboard, but now their main thing is playing with the the wrist rests (I can't keep them out so I'm starting to get RSI in my clicking finger) and jumping on top of the monitor.

I've been thinking of getting a new flat panel monitor. It's something I've wanted for a long time, but if I get one, I'm worried that they may ruin the soft LCD screen by pawing at it. Any suggestions?



15 comments:

Robin said...

My cat Pilot does the same thing on the computer. They are so cute...your kitties I mean.

Leigha said...

I have a comment on the water bowl situation. We have a large orange tabby that used to do the same thing to the automatic water feeder that we had...he would dig the water out and splash it everywhere. We found a bowl at WalMart (and you can get it at PetsMart, too) that has a pump and cycles the water through a filter, and is basically turn-over proof. It even has a reservior for additional water as they drink it down. It has been the best kitty investment that we've made!

Vicki said...

Hello!

I just started reading your BLOG. WOW, what a fantastic job you did at preparing for your boys. Sure wish others would do the same. I thought since you are such a 'cat conscious' kinda guy, you'd like to know some other good info. I use Nature's Miracle cat litter, made from ground corn. Doesn't track as bad as Swheat scoop. Also, the food I feed is called Royal canin slim and Royal canin siamese. I use a holistic vet when the babies are sick or when they need a mental change. (I have 16 inside cats and there is friction, controlled by holistic meds) I also use a holistic woman via email that runs the catwell site on yahoo groups. I'd love to tell you more if you want. You can email me at baileyshelby@yahoo.com if you'd like. LOVE your site.

Avram said...

We now use World's Best Cat Litter, which is corn-based. The multi-cat formula tracks a lot less. It's good stuff.

Vicki said...

I used to use WBCL, but with all mine, it just tracked too much. Never liked it after they changed the formula. I went to your link for the canned cat food you are feeding (I'm ALWAYS looking for other foods to feed) and noticed it has yucca (I think it was yucca) and that is poisonous to cats. There are other items that are poisonous to cats, but don't recall if they were in that food. Alfalfa and garlic are others. Now you ask, why would they put that in there if it were poisonous??? I've asked myself that too. But per the holistic person I use, she says they are. I think they are too. I was feeding a food with garlic in it and one of my cats started drooling. Took him off it, drooling stopped.

Jenn said...

Forget the monitor, it looks like you have a situation on your hands there Avram. It appears that Arthur is busy checking in on his stocks and ebay items when nobody is looking...

Jenn said...

Well, I guess I should write about the monitor...I'd be cautious about buying an LCD screen. Why borrow trouble ya know? I see claws and paws meeting with the screen and that's scary...

Avram said...

You know, they haven't really batted at the screen in a while though. The picture's a few months old.

Now the main thing they do is climb on top of the monitor, which they wouldn't be able to do if it were a thin LCD screen. Liz has an LCD screen on her computer and they don't touch it. OTOH, if I spent $500 - $600 on a monitor, I'm gonna be upset if the screen gets scratched. I wonder if there's any kind of cover that one can get.

Anonymous said...

Why don't you get the flat-screen and put a towel over it when you're not using it. Our cat chews paper all the time, and if we have papers out on the desk, we always cover them with a towel before we go to sleep, so he can't get to them. Totally does the trick. I think before you've mentioned that your boys will chew on towels - but I bet if you let them they will only chew on it for a minute or two before they lose interest, without doing any harm to themselves.
-MG

Peggy said...

I have a 17" flat panel and believe me, cats can walk on it. Just ask my little Chica. She routinely walks across the top of the monitor to get to the top of the printer. So far no damage to Chica or the monitor!

Dollface said...

We actually just did the same, traded our regular monitor for a flatscreen one. Our boys used to love to lounge on top of the monitor, enjoying the warmth it emitted and occasionally watching what we were up to on the screen and batting at it. We were reluctant about buying a flat screen and even put it off for a year or so because the boys loved the one we had, so much (the things we do for love!) but finally we caved and bought a flatscreen. I have to tell you, the main problem wasn't the batting at the screen, it was them trying to jump ON TOP of the monitor. They thought it had a back, like the old one, and they could just jump up and lay out. Fortunately there were no injuries to the monitor or the cats, and they learned pretty quick. I say, just go for it! :)

Anonymous said...

our cats look like mine i love ,someone left in a parking lot the where 4 weeks, they are2 years old now and rule the house.

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