How To Keep Cat Off Stereo Equipment?

We adopted a long-hair, one-eyed stray kitten. She is a very lovely cat, however, she likes jumping up on stereo equipment - tube preamp and mono block amplifiers. Am I right in thinking that cat hairs that fall inside the equipment can eventually fry things? Assuming so, I can't be the first person to have a cat AND hifi equipment. How do you keep the cat off? For the record she only jumps up there when she is alone in the room, so I think she gets that we don't want her up there, but just hasn't filed under "relevant info." I would greatly appreciate suggestions!


give up, as you will inevitably lose no matter what strategy you employ - we have been domesticated by cats for thousands of years….


Play something from Men Without Hats. The cat will never enter the room again.

Seriously, as with any animal reward good behavior, punish the bad. Gently of course.

@jeffstrick * 1000.  

@sid-hoff-frenchman I have my equipment on racks with enough clearance to prevent the equipment from frying but not enough for the cat.  He loves to lay in front of the tube amps where it’s warm and I’m fine with that.  It’s nice having him in the room while I listen.  Personally I am using Pangea racks with the extended spacer post.

Everybody who suggest or implies harming the cat, you’re why Audiogon needs a block button.

Scents that cats hate are:

  1. citrus
  2. rosemary
  3. thyme
  4. bananas
  5. mustard
  6. strong menthol
  7. assorted bath oils

Just like hanging garlic for vampires, try one or two of the aforementioned around and/or atop your gear and see if that works.

All the best,