Saved my furniture!
After sending out for reupholstery -- for a second time -- my good living room sofa that my two cats diligently clawed right down to the wood frame (they really seem to love the camel back); and after having had to discard my high-end dining room rug after it was ruined by a cat urine turf war, I really was at a loss as to how to live with cats and have nice, un-shredded, non-stinky furnishings. I had tried, with unimpressive results, sticky paws tape (which works, but -- in my experience -- only when it is actually on the furniture, and who wants to live with tape all over their things?); claw covers (they don't all fall off at the same time and are kind of hard to apply); an electric mat (just as "shocking" to me as it was to them); and automatic spray cans (again, spraying me as much as they did the cats). Desperate, I thought I would give the Indoor Cat Barrier system a try, so purchased one for under the newly reupholstered sofa and one for under the dining room table, where I was planning to put a new rug.
I was determined to make this work, so I diligently followed the training instructions that come with the collars. I actually put the cats on leads and taught them to "run away" when they heard the collars beep (you'll need to read the directions fairly carefully). I spent several days working on it. Still, I was skeptical.
Happily, I was wrong. The Indoor Cat Barrier has so far worked like a charm!!! The cats learned their boundaries very quickly, and they know exactly where they cannot go. (Incidentally, I did not put down the new rug until after they were fully trained.) And, once trained, they have not experienced the static corrections, because they simply avoid the off-limits areas.
So far, they have not attempted their negative behavior elsewhere in the house. They also do not seem overly annoyed by the collars (you need to train them to wear the collars so that they can get used to them). One of the cats rubs her collar against things, though, so it is getting a little "fuzzy." In order to prevent irritation, I do take the collars off at night when they sleep in a separate room.
I would highly recommend this system. It can save your home and make life with kitties a lot less stressful.
Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer) Mary M from .