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Old 10-16-2008, 09:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Cat-proof my toilet paper?

My cat declared jihad on my toilet paper. He freaking DESTROYS it with a fury.

For a while he only attacked the paper when it was on the dispenser. He left it alone if it was sitting atop the toilet tank. Now he knocks the rolls onto the floor and goes crazy on them.

It's not longer funny. It's pissing me off.

My wife hates the way industrial TP holder look. You know, the ones you see in fast food bathrooms. So is there a good-looking TP dispenser that encases most of the roll?

If this keeps up, I'm going to start wiping my ass with the cat.
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Old 10-16-2008, 09:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It really is funny in the beginning.

I simply leave my bathroom doors closed at all times with Jack, my beagle. He has a curious streak that often leads him to trash cans or toilet water, and I won't abide that.
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Old 10-16-2008, 09:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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De-claw the cat in the front. Ours is. His back claws are sharp as fuck, but with blunted front claws he can't do that
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Old 10-16-2008, 09:55 AM   #4 (permalink)
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This is on the expensive side, but still less expensive (and less painful) than declawing the cat: Blomus 68592 - Tarro Wall-Mounted Toilet Paper Dispenser

From the review on that holder: "I love this because it covers the toilet paper.

This product is great if you have kids or cats to keep them from playing with the toilet paper."

p.s. many cats resort to peeing in random places after being declawed (a friend of mine had a cat wouldn't use the litterbox for months after being declawed) so you might just create more problems if you go that route.
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Old 10-16-2008, 10:13 AM   #5 (permalink)
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+1 against the cruelty of declawing.

I just keep the cats out of the bathroom. It's easy to keep the door shut. But I guess you have kids so that might not work!

I like the look of merleniau's suggested toilet roll dispenser.

This would work if your cat only attacked the roll due to the loose end:

Toilet Paper Saver
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Old 10-16-2008, 11:10 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Declawing is not an option.

A $55 toilet paper cover? Grrr...

It might be cheaper to simply shoot the cat.
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Old 10-16-2008, 11:17 AM   #7 (permalink)
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or just get an older cat. ours can't be bothered with anything other than eating and sleeping.
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Old 10-16-2008, 11:19 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Close the bathroom door! It's free!
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Old 10-16-2008, 11:23 AM   #9 (permalink)
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i was going to say just close the door. But with kids, or just forgetting....


How about buying or making one of those really really nice crochet tp covers, and just put the roll on the back of your toilet tank... Not optimal, but workable.

Examples to quickly please the lady of the house:



or:




Or you can be really inventive:



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Old 10-16-2008, 11:46 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Close the bathroom door! It's free!
HA! HA! HA!

You so funny.

It's a goddamn miracle if I get my kids to flush the toilet. Keep a door closed? puh-LEEZE!

Plus the litter box is in one of the bathrooms, and I'd rather not have a box of poop in a non-poop sanctioned room.

I want my old (dead) cat back. He was so cool. All he did was lay on laps and purr. He never fucked shit up. Which way to the Pet Semetary?
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Old 10-16-2008, 11:47 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 10-16-2008, 12:13 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I've heard that spraying hot pepper oils on furniture keeps cats away, although using this on toilet paper may have tragic consequences.
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Old 10-16-2008, 12:46 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I've heard that spraying hot pepper oils on furniture keeps cats away, although using this on toilet paper may have tragic consequences.
That seems like an appropriate answer to a dilemma posed by clavus.

And Leto, those crochet things would attract my cats. They would think it was a new toy.

clavus, is there any way you could just put the roll of tp in use in a cabinet near the toilet? Or in a receptacle the cat cannot get into? Keeping your TP in a baby wipe container might work.
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Old 10-16-2008, 01:58 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Wipe your arse on the cat.

Job done, thank me later.
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Old 10-16-2008, 03:06 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Wipe your arse on the cat.

Job done, thank me later.

Damn, beat me to it.....
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Old 10-16-2008, 04:09 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Our cat kills toilet paper, kitchen towel and tissue boxes It is funny to watch but expensive in the long run
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Old 10-16-2008, 09:06 PM   #17 (permalink)
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JStrider and I have never had this problem....one thing that might work is putting orange peels in and around the roll. Apparently cats don't like them. Or...maybe put the toilet paper under the sink...of course...then you might find yourself trapped on the toilet while the toilet paper is conveniently under the sink...
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Old 10-16-2008, 09:20 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Okay, I know you said it wasn't funny anymore... but I couldn't stop laughing


I like the idea of putting the toilet paper in a container of some sort... you don't have to spend a lot of money, and can still keep it away from kitty claws.
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Old 10-17-2008, 02:23 AM   #19 (permalink)
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And Leto, those crochet things would attract my cats. They would think it was a new toy.
Anything and everything is a new toy for my cats, if you ask them.
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Old 10-17-2008, 03:11 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I had a friend once that hung it from the ceiling out of reach of the cat.
she even beaded the string.
it was hilarious, but quite effective.

we started spraying the cats with a water bottle every time they sniffed the toilet paper.
it only worked sometimes.

and, declawing is inhumane in my opinion.
they don't just remove the claws, they take off the whole first knuckle.
you try walking around on feet missing the first knuckle of each toe.
i clip our cats' nails weekly.
front and back on Little Shit and just front on Old Man.
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Old 10-17-2008, 03:26 AM   #21 (permalink)
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It might be cheaper to simply shoot the cat.
See the "Shotgun for Home Safety" thread to explore your options.
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:51 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Consider trimming the cats claws rather than declawing, try placing the tissue inside an empty coffee canister when done, use facial tissues instead of toilet tissue, or purchase a scratching post.
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Old 10-19-2008, 01:55 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Declaw the cat.
Find a way so that the cat can't get in the bathroom.
SCOLD him when he does that. Vinegar in his mouth or Cayenne Pepper on his nose will eventually do the trick.
If he doesn't have a scratching post, get him one- and train him to use ONLY that.
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Old 10-19-2008, 04:04 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I agree with your wife. Industrial = ugly. So is that stainless steel one, for what it's worth.
I'm not entirely convinced that your cat wouldn't be able to figure out an industrial dispenser, anyway.

I vote for keeping the TP in a box or cabinet.

I also vote for teaching your children how to flush, put the seat down, put the lid down, and close the bathroom door when they're done. Give them a sticker or something every time they get it right. Nasty bathroom habits will haunt them for the rest of their life. It won't bother them, but it will grate on the nerves of any appropriately-trained loved one.

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Declaw the cat.
A declawed cat would be able to pull the paper off the roll just as easily.

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...use facial tissues instead of toilet tissue...
Don't try this method if you have a septic system. Facial tissues do not break down as quickly and harmlessly as toilet paper.
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Old 10-20-2008, 08:02 PM   #25 (permalink)
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We just put the roll on a shelf in the bathroom. Works for us. With cats the dispenser is only used when we have company. Great video. Interesting to see how the roll ends up shredded. Its as I supspected, except in our case I think our cat is probably laughing.
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Old 10-20-2008, 09:47 PM   #26 (permalink)
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If you don't mind Barbie tp holders, there are a couple on ebay for under $10. But a tupperware container (with lid) would work if you can teach your kids to put the lid back on. No tv for 2 days each time the cat gets the paper, the kids will catch on.

OR

You can make this one out of a used cd holder, just cut a hole in the top...

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Old 10-21-2008, 12:21 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Make some crazy Pee Wee's playhouse contraption.
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Old 10-23-2008, 08:46 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Do not declaw the cat! That is a horrible mutilating process which is akin to cutting off your fingernails at the knuckle.

My cat used to do this. I would just keep the door closed. Eventually he got bored of the tp and moved on to ruining our furniture. Unfortunately cats will do this sort of stuff, if you can't tolerate it then don't have a cat.

Finally you can always trim your cats claws. I do this every couple of weeks. The first few times you do it to your cat you will be freaked out and so will the cat but after you get more comfortable the cat will also and it will only take a few minutes.

We have also found that our cat hats sticking his claws in leather/polyurethane. So consider buying furniture of this type.
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Old 10-24-2008, 12:16 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I know declwing wouldn't help the tp thing, just less scratching. Contrary to many people's beliefs, it is not inhumane or cruel to a cat. I've had cats all my life, been in 3 years of 4H and studied felines and so I know that it is not like cutting off to the cuticles on a human- at all. I've actually been there in the process, and it's completely safe.

But there were some better ideas- putting the tp in a hard-to-reach area for the cat, but simply needing to break him of the habit.
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:56 AM   #30 (permalink)
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Consider trimming the cats claws rather than declawing, try placing the tissue inside an empty coffee canister when done, use facial tissues instead of toilet tissue, or purchase a scratching post.
I can see a couple of flaws in this:

#1 My cat is NOT declawed so I trim her nails weekly. I also have a problem with her destroying toilet paper rolls. So far my only solution is to place the roll up really high, which is getting annoying. I may purchase the stainless steel dispenser despite the cost.

#2 Using facial tissue in your toilet is VERY WRONG! You should never put anything in the toilet except toilet paper. It dissolves differently than facial tissue (which doesn't dissolve at all) which can cause your toilet to clog, so what money you could have spent on a dispenser is being spent on a plumber.
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:04 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Simple, rub bag balm all around the paper-holder.
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Old 10-23-2009, 09:36 PM   #32 (permalink)
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aluminum foil. believe it or not a couple of strageticly placed sheets of alumininum foil around will keep the cat away. They hate the sound of it, when it moves, scares the crap of them. And if its in the bathroom, its the perfect place for shit....
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Old 10-23-2009, 10:31 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Have the front 2 legs of the cat amputated.

I had a cat who did this. It was just a game for him. So instead of having the roll properly on the dispenser, I just sat it on there vertically. I'd often walk in to find the roll on the floor. Sometimes with huge bite marks taken out of it. I'd just carry his fluff ball butt in there and scold him. After maybe 5-7 times of doing this, he stopped completely and I was able to hang the toilet paper rolls properly.

This thread's a year old but maybe others can pull some helpful advice from it.
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Old 10-24-2009, 01:30 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Old 10-24-2009, 02:25 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Toilet paper + cookie jar?
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Old 10-25-2009, 08:38 AM   #36 (permalink)
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As above. I was thinking you could try a large coffee can or soup can. Paint it.
One screw in bottom or two on a side to keep it in place.
Just place the roll in the can.
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Old 11-06-2009, 06:59 AM   #37 (permalink)
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Would hanging the toilet paper the other way help any? As in, have it roll down the backside (pun intended) rather than over the top.
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Old 11-06-2009, 07:59 AM   #38 (permalink)
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Old 11-06-2009, 01:03 PM   #39 (permalink)
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Fortunately my cat doesn't do this. Could you maybe put it in a small shelf the cat can't get to, or possibly install a recessed TP holder. I have plaster and lathe walls with a recessed holder, and while I can't put bigger sized rolls in it, it does keep the cats from fucking with it (my sister's cats use to play with the TP at her house, but couldn't at mine.
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Old 02-14-2010, 06:19 AM   #40 (permalink)
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My husband solved that problem in our house with an inexpensive tupperware type container that had a hinged lid. He used an x-acto knife and cut out a section of the bottom, slid it over the tp holder, double back taped it to the wall. Insert tp and snap close the "door". For $1.50 and a little time..problem solved.
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