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Kitty proof Ideal needle valve?

Discussion in 'CO2 Enrichment' started by Gerryd, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. Gerryd

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    Hi all,

    So....................

    Even though the c02 tank and regulator is UNDER the cabinet, my cats have managed to reset the bubble rate HIGHER than it was. I had it marked and I know my bubble rate and knew immediately it was off.

    Almost a FULL turn of the valve!!!!!

    I have seen them rub their faces on it before when I was building them but wasn't sure if they did it since..I guess I know now :)

    So.......

    Any ideas to lock the knob down?

    Seriously!

    Thanks!
     
  2. Left C

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    Would a needle nose pair of vice grip pliers work? Clamp the Ideal needle valve handle somewhere and then zip tie the handle of the pliers to something. This way, they might me able to knock it around maybe ⅛ of a turn or so, but they can't turn the handle of the needle valve by a complete revolution or anything like that. (If not needle nose vice grips, maybe a regular pair of vice grips.)
     
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    Ha! Too funny.

    You could baby (cat) proof the cabinet maybe with some device :)
     
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    I think your best bet would be a kitty proof cabinet.
     
  5. Tom Barr

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    Put Cat nip on the valve:)
     
  6. Gerryd

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    Hi all,

    LeftC, not a bad idea.

    Fred and Shadowmac, the back of the cabinet is totally open, but a nice idea if it was enclosed.

    Tom, NOT one of your better ideas :)

    I need cat AWAY spray...which I know they sell and I may give it a try...
     
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    You can pour some dog wee back there. :)
     
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    how about constructing a box with a hinge within your cabinet for the CO2 rig? You could open it, or even construct a window to see the bubble counter and close it when not making adjustments. A simple latch would keep the curious cat out.
     
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    The answer to your problem is too easy, because I deal with it all the time. My cat not only rubs on things, he chews them like a dog. Just swab some tabasco sauce on the valve handle and they will steer clear, no problem. But make sure to wash your hands when you adjust it. ;)
     
  10. Gerryd

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    Hi jaidexl,

    That is a good idea......

    I bet my bozos will like it though :)

    Mine aren't chewers but they will get into anything.....
     
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    You could just put a couple turns of packing tape around the end. I hope you have your cylinder safely secured. I be more worried about it getting knocked over.
     
  12. Gerryd

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    Hi oldpunk,

    Yes the cylinder is secure :)

    Thanks for the caution!
     
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    I found the perfect cat deterrent. Forget cabinets, hot sauce, catnip, vice grips and such. It is a for real cat repellant!! It's called Shake-Away Coyote/Fox Urine Granules Domestic Cat Repellent: http://www.shake-away.com/DomesticCats.php?page=DomesticCat

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    Shake-Away repellent granules have an odor that signals danger to all pest critters and are less messy than liquid. Patented formula won't burn plants, bushes or trees, wooden floors, tiles and carpets. Heavy granules won't wash away in rain - and they're naturally moist for better "cling." Granules last longer, smell stronger, and won't evaporate or freeze like liquid. Shake-Away uses the strongest force in nature to get rid of your problem animal... instinctive fear. Shake-Away contains the scent of your animals most feared predator. Easy to apply granules can be shaken right from the container to the ground or floor. Makes no mess. 100% Organic and safe. Does not harm the animal you are repelling. Guaranteed protection for small gardens, flower beds, yards and aquarium stands. This formula is designed to repel Feral or Neighborhood Cats. The 20oz container will put down a line of protection up to 600 feet long.

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    there could be other...entertaining uses for this....
     
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