Apologies to my regular readers (Hi Mom and Dad!), but this post will be photo and cat heavy.
As part of her continuing education program, my cat has recently learned how to open cabinets in the kitchen. As fun as it is to hear scratching and doors slamming at all hours of the day, and as much as I love the, "which door will the cat jump out of?" game, I do have some concerns.
These concerns are twofold: Neko does not reseal the corn chips, causing precious tostitos to become stale when I most need a snack. And two, the cat can not read.
Hard to believe, but the cat is completely unable to read the safety warnings denoting various poisons underneath the sink. Perhaps if the manufacturers of bleach had thought to include tiny pictures of vomiting cats I wouldn't need to worry, but until Clorox considers all potential consumers of their product, Professor Meowmers must be prevented from gaining access to the houses cleaning supplies, old grocery bags, sponges, and assorted dirty dishes that Annie and I try to hide from guests.
To this end, I purchased child safe door latches. Presumably, babies are not any more intelligent than house cats and must be prevented from trapping their tails underneath falling pots and pans. I picked these latches up at the local hardware store after gazing longingly at the axes and muttering under my breath until asked if I could be helped. They were the only door latches at the Maple Leaf Tru-Value, so I presume that they are the top of the line in child safety.
Not pictured is the bottle opener I needed to get started. After carefully measuring out the distance for the mounting piece, pre-drilling the holes, swearing as I drilled through the side of the cabinet, more carefully pre-drilling the holes, screwing in the bracket backwards, struggling to find reverse on the drill, screwing in the bracket forwards, and attempting for over an hour to get the latch piece to line up, my work was done. Yep, it's just that easy. I also hit upon an alternate solution about 65 minutes in that fits more with the overall aesthetic look of Annie and my apartment.