I’ve lived with the bungee cords on the closets for years – ever since Chaos figured out how get the sliding doors open.

Bungee cords are quick and easy to fasten and unfasten, so it wasn’t a big deal.

Over the weekend, Chaos taught himself how to open cupboards, to ill effect (from my perspective, at least). Escalation was required.

“I really don’t like the look of that.” -Chaos

“I really don’t like the look of that, either.” -Chaos

*applies cupboard opening technique*

“Why do you hate me, Mom?” -Chaos

Sadly, cabinet locks are not quite as quick and easy to use as bungee cords.

Please forgive the odd colors in most of these pictures – the lighting in my kitchen continually defeats my poor camera!

40 thoughts on “Escalation”

  1. I know it’s not useful for cabinets, but we have latches at the top of the door frames on the important closets (aka, the one with the yarn in it), because the sliding doors and folding doors are way too easy for Saru-chan to open. Hopefully Chaos will never figure out how to get past cabinet locks.
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..working on a wrap up =-.

  2. if I had blocked my cat from going in the cupboards, he would have ended up opening other important things instead like the dvd tray on my pc or the fridge! your cat looks pretty pissed in the last photo. lol, nothing like a cat to make you feel guilty!
    .-= Andy Bailey´s last blog ..New Daily Visit List =-.

  3. ROFL!!

    OMG… A cat with the highest IQ ever!…

    Poor Mom, nothing like living in Fort Knox!!

    I used those cabinent lock things when the kids were little, so not fun to break in too..

    Have a Great Day!

  4. We’ve had similar problems with puppies. I thought Max could open the door to my fiber room, but as it turns out it didn’t close tightly and he’d push right in. It now has a hook. Kitties are smarter.
    .-= margene´s last blog ..Power Sweater =-.

  5. You might want to give the other kind of cabinet latches a try. The ones installed on the inside that catch on the top of the frame and have to be pressed down to unlatch. They’re much faster to open/close than the handle locks.

    We originally installed ours to keep the kid safe. They’re still there to keep the cats out.

  6. Yikes! Chaos is one smart cookie. We don’t have that problem around here!

    I agree with Chrisbar about the cabinet locks that go inside the cabinets. Much faster and not as obtrusive in appearance!
    .-= Jodi´s last blog ..tea and knitting =-.

  7. We have some cabinets in Mr.M’s office that Benny loves to crawl around in. *knocks wood* he hasn’t taken to exploring those in the kitchen so we are child lock free. Although his food is kept in a big plastic bucket due to the closet opening.

  8. There are other locks that can be installed on the inside of the cupboard doors. They allow you to open the door just far enough for human fingers to push down on the locking mechanism. My babies never figured it out.

  9. Oh gosh Chris, this is hilarious!! I love the photos! He looks so innocent! LOL!! But inside that great mind, he is plotting the demise of the great cabinet locks!

    Hope you are having a great day!

  10. Chaos obviously misses playing with cartons of soymilk on the kitchen counter. My sister uses the elastics from broccoli/asparagus to keep the toddlers out of her cabinets. You could also use the thicker hair elastics.

    Pretty soon Chaos will develop opposable thumbs so that he can work doorknobs.
    .-= Dotty´s last blog ..last & first =-.

  11. We’ve used (and still use) the kind of locks that Chrisbar and Guinifer mentioned. First for kids (aka me and my sis) and then for cats, and now for kids (aka my niece) again. I don’t suppose I’ll ever be able to do without them. *sigh*

    Chaos is a cutie when annoyed, though.
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  12. My cat is a slug compared to Chaos! I don’t think it’s ever crossed Cal’s mind to try to open a cupboard.

  13. I feel your pain.. Captain Jack is being a world class jerkball ever since we moved into this house. I have those same things on my lower cabinets b/c of him!! (I’m also washing all of the bed linens today because he decided that he didn’t like the smell of the blanket I pulled out of the closet. *sigh*)

  14. Good luck with the locks. My Nicky knows how to open doors, he just leaps up and hooks his paws around the door knob and them swings his body back and forth until he can get the door to open. He also learned at 9 weeks how to open pocket doors. So far he does not open the cabinets in the kitchen, just the linen closet, in my studio and bedroom.

  15. LOL! I’m very familiar with cabinet locks. I have to use them on any under the sink cabinets. Katie can’t get into the cabinets but a 3 pound ferret can. (sigh) Poor Chaos! You’re spoiling all of his fun.
    .-= Sydney´s last blog ..Ah, that’s better =-.

  16. Poor Chaos – punished for being smart! Simon used to try to pull open the cabinet doors, resulting in ka-thunk, ka-thunk, ka-thunk for hours. Luckily, none of the current kitties are interested.
    .-= janna´s last blog ..Happy New Year! =-.

  17. I found those loopy locks pretty quick to get in and out of… AND there are things you can put inside, where the cabinet will open partway (about an inch or two) and to open further you have to press down on that inner thingy. Look at “flexi lock” and cabinet latches, some are press and pivot. They are like the drawer ones.

    Tricky boy…
    .-= lisa´s last blog ..first started and finished project of 2010 =-.

  18. This is SO funny! I have a similar problem with Dusty. ALL of my furniture uses sliding doors, which he’s mastered. Now, I’ve got dowels and wooden shims to keep things safe. He’s learning to remove the dowels, but I’ve still got one up on him with the wedges wedged into the top of the doors to keep them from moving.
    .-= Dave Daniels´s last blog ..Kitty Pic Overload! =-.

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