If you're the proud owner of a cat, you may be wondering if indoor blinds are a suitable choice of window dressing for your home. Whether you've experienced the problem first hand or heard about it from a friend, most cat owners know that cats and blinds don't tend to get along. From tangling themselves up in the cords to snapping the louvres, felines often seem to get into trouble around blinds.
However, that doesn't mean you can't have blinds in your home. You just have to choose blinds that cats can't dirty or damage, which is easier than you might think. If you need help, take a look at these three types of blinds that work well for cats and their owners.
1. Wooden or Plastic Vertical Blinds
Blinds with horizontal louvres (Venetian blinds, for example) are one of the most popular choices for homeowners, but they're not ideal for families with cats. That's because many cats have an affinity for windows, and they'll do anything to get to them. While cats may be agile, most of them struggle to slink their bodies through horizontal slats, which can result in a lot of expensive and dangerous broken louvres.
Vertical blinds, on the other hand, are much easier for cats to squeeze through without doing damage. When it comes to choosing the material of your vertical blinds, opt for plastic or sealed wood. Alongside being easy to clean cat hair off of, plastic and wood are far more durable than aluminium, further reducing the chance of broken slats.
2. Waterproof Roller Blinds
Another great choice for homes with felines is the roller blind. Roller blinds are made from flexible fabric which, as the name suggests, rolls up and down to let light in. While roller blinds give less control than slatted blinds, their pliability makes them almost impossible for cats to damage. If you do opt for roller blinds, make sure you choose ones with a waterproof coating. This makes them very easy to wipe down, which you may need to do often if you have a particularly fluffy cat.
3. Cordless Blinds
Another troublesome feature that most blinds have is the cord. Cats seem to be strangely drawn to blind cords. If they're not chewing on them, they're getting tangled in them—which can cause serious injury to your cat as well as damage to your blinds. You can use a cord cleat or a tensioner to deter your cat from playing with the cord, but a better option is to choose cordless blinds.
Cordless blinds have their cord inside the slats rather than off to the side, which makes it inaccessible to kitties. They're also easy to control, either via a cordless 'wand' or by manoeuvring the bottom rail. The best part about cordless blinds is that they come in a variety of types, including vertical blinds and roller blinds.