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ISPIFFD posted 2/25/2014 09:36 AM

At least one of my cats tried to kill us all the other night. For the first time ever, one of the four somehow managed to get not only a gas stovetop knob turned on, but just past "ignite" so no sparks yet still on "high" so the gas was just pouring out into the house all night.

I have explained to the cats that realistically, had the gas ignited, I -- sleeping in the ground-floor room farthest away from the kitchen -- might have been able to get out, and that the dog -- who sleeps in a crate right next to my bed -- might also have been saved since I could scoop his crate up and toss it out the window, but that they -- the 4 cats who were involved in this conspiracy -- probably would still be in the house until the firemen showed up. So as murder plots go, this was not particularly well thought out on their part.

Tomorrow I get rid of the gas stove and put in an electric range. I've actually wanted to do that since I bought the place, but now I have extra incentive to hurry the f*ck up and do it.

Really trying not to think of how close we all came to being crispy critters, especially given all the electric/static shocks that happen in the winter.

gahurts posted 2/25/2014 10:27 AM

Wow! Glad you didn't have an explosion or that the gas fumes didn't overwhelm you in your sleep.

I guess that movie Cats vs. Dogs really was true how the cats are trying to take over the world and kill all the humans and the dogs are protecting us. Maybe its the cats who should be in the cage at night and let the dog be free to guard the place.

mainlyinpain posted 2/25/2014 10:40 AM

This is why I am a dog person. :)

You can get knobs for gas stoves that are child-proof ( and I would guess cat-proof).

But--watch your back--there's more than one way to --kill a human.

ISPIFFD posted 2/25/2014 10:45 AM

Yeah, the dog's not nearly as subtle - he simply tries to trip me as we're going down any stairs...

I think as long as I was just a cat person, the cats weren't doing anything more than plotting... you know, just for fun and mental exercise. It's because I got a puppy, that's when they became much more serious about implementing one of their plots.

I am being ever vigilant.

purplejacket4 posted 2/25/2014 11:02 AM

My dog just learned to turn on the burner on the range. I'd like to know about these child proof knobs.

ISPIFFD posted 2/25/2014 11:18 AM

Just found these on amazon

According to the reviews, these work great for cats and dogs, not so great for clever children

mainlyinpain posted 2/25/2014 11:19 AM

Well, you can go to Amazon and search gas stove child proof and see them. Mixed reviews, I know my brother used them in his house. I used to just pull the knobs off and keep in a little basket, stick one on as needed.

Crescita posted 2/25/2014 11:40 AM

That's so scary Glad no one was hurt.

My cats are generally more apt to hurt themselves in their scheming. One has a nose for chocolate so I have to keep it well contained.

nowiknow23 posted 2/25/2014 12:14 PM

Raising my hand, ISPIFFD.

NIKcat has been trying to kill me for years. Her current method is rubbing against the hot water heater control and turning it to the "lava" setting.

My DD swears NIKcat is a sweet and harmless thing, but something tells me she's not so innocent.

nowiknow23 posted 2/25/2014 12:17 PM

ps - So glad your felonious felines failed.

[This message edited by nowiknow23 at 12:17 PM, February 25th (Tuesday)]

DragnHeart posted 2/25/2014 12:24 PM

*raises hand...

Down to two cats, soon to be just one cause frankly I cannot take the disasters every morning from them.

My DD's cat doesn't go on the table, counters or stove but the other two would clear out my cupboards every night, open the fridge and freezer doors and tear apart anything they could. The stove top antics were really bad. Electric stove and yes they managed to turn on an element...

Also the brother to the female we had tries to take out my ankles daily. I am scratched all to...

Since my DD's cat wasn't left with the other two at night we know he's not the problem.

And this is why I like reptiles and tarantulas!!!!! Never once has any of those animals tried to hurt me. (frog missing mealworm in tweezers and gettig wh finger was an accident lol)

StillLivin posted 2/25/2014 16:25 PM

Raising my hand here!
Yes, my kits have turned on the gas stove. I don't think they are trying to kill me, think it was just all in a days fun.
They also know how to open drawers and take out all of my socks, get their cat food, turn on faucets (they even know which is the hot now), steal my money and hide it behind the entertainment center, hide my bras under the bed, and wreak all other kinds of wonderful havoc.

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