Making Your Kitty-Cat Useful in the Shop?
Issue: Issue 348.5
Posted Date: 4/1/2014
My cat loves to hang out in the shop while I work, but is constantly in the way! She knocked my latest jewelry box project on the floor (took me hours to repair it), gets fur in freshly applied finishes, and tends to use piles of sawdust for, uh, unmentionable purposes. What do I do? – Claude Davenport
V.R. Mint, D.V.M.:
The trouble is that Kitty is bored. She likes being with you in the shop, but you’re not giving her anything fun to do. Put her to work! Hate sanding? (Of course you do, all woodworkers do.) Just spray milk on wood you want sanded and her rough tongue will have that workpiece smooth as silk in no time. Turn stock-prep chores over to her – instead of spending hours planing stock, sprinkle a bit of catnip on wood and she’ll turn that thick stock into a scratching post in no time. This works especially well on furniture components, which she’s probably used to scratching anyway. Finally, cats are great at chasing after stuff, and can be a real boon if you’re prone to dropping small pieces of hardware on the floor. If none of these suggestions work out, just remember that Kitty also tastes just like chicken.