Cat owners, parents of toddlers, and anyone who likes to maintain a clean and organized home, listen up. I have found the ultimate product for you. They’re called Ruby Monkey Magnets, and they’re about to change your life. (Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration. But you’re going to become obsessed with these things. Just trust me on this.)
Let me start by explaining my home situation. I’m the proud owner of not one, not two, but three orange cats, and they are all agents of chaos. Fellow cat owners will understand when I say there’s just something about orange cats that invites total anarchy into the home. I can’t explain why, but they are always getting into mischief, whether that means getting stuck in the couch springs, chasing each other around the house, or recently, learning how to open and get inside my kitchen cabinets.
That’s the other thing you have to know about cats — they love getting themselves into small spaces. You could give a cat the softest, most luxurious bed in the world, but if you put the cat bed next to a cardboard box, they’ll choose to sit in the box. I recently bought my cats a high-quality cat tree with a scratching post and plenty of perches so they can look out the window, but where do they want to hang out instead? In my kitchen cabinets.
It wasn’t such a problem before, but unfortunately for me, they recently figured out how to open the cabinets all by themselves. Since then, I’ll walk into my kitchen to find all the doors open, Tupperware and dishes pushed onto the floor, and scratch marks in the wood paneling. It’s been a nightmare.
I resigned myself to the fact that this would be my life now until our latest vet appointment. When the vet asked if I had any updates, I explained the cabinet situation, and that’s when she told me about Ruby Monkey Magnets. I was totally skeptical that they would work, but I was so desperate to take my kitchen back that I decided to order a bunch. I am so glad I did. Let me explain exactly why these have been so helpful in solving my cabinet cat problem.
If you aren’t familiar with this product, you can picture Ruby Monkey Magnets as the magnet version of Command Strips. You attach one to the cabinet and one to the cabinet door, and when they’re close enough, they’ll attract each other and latch the cabinet closed.
They attach to any surface — wood, plastic, plaster — using a strong adhesive and then pull the cabinet shut using their magnetism. Just like Command Strips, they’re super thin and slide between the cabinet and cabinet door without a noticeable gap. They’re also easy to apply. But unlike Command Strips, they aren’t a “permanent” solution — you can still open and close the cabinets as needed.
What makes Ruby Monkey Magnets so incredible is how strong the magnets are. Considering how thin they are and how well they blend into my kitchen, I didn’t think they would have much strength. But these things pack a PUNCH! I can no longer just thumb the cabinets open. I have to make a concerted effort and pull on them. The packaging says that the magnets are strong enough to hold up a 15-pound object against gravity, and I 100% believe it. I genuinely cannot get over how much power they pack.
These bad boys have solved my cabinet cat problem entirely. I’ve attached a set of magnets to the bottom of every cabinet door, and they’ve made it impossible to open the cabinets without an opposable thumb.
My cats are totally stumped. I can tell they’re frustrated, too — the first few days after I implemented these, they all milled about in the kitchen, meowing loudly at me and unsuccessfully trying to get in the cabinets. Then they tried to get in the drawers. No luck there — I effectively sealed all of those with Ruby Monkey Magnets as well, although I doubt they’d be able to open the drawers on their own anyway. But better safe than sorry, as far as orange cats are concerned.
So far, I’ve just used these on my kitchen and bathroom cabinets and drawers, and they’ve worked excellently. But I imagine you could get creative with these and use them for all sorts of things. I’m sure parents of toddlers could get a lot of use out of Ruby Monkey Magnets as well — God knows, when I was three, the only thing I wanted to do was sit on the kitchen floor, yank all of the Tupperware out of the drawer, and chuck bowls and containers across the room. These magnets are certainly powerful enough to have stopped me.
In fact, I can think of a lot of other uses for these — if you have a door that tends to drift open, for example, or a refrigerator that just won’t stay shut, these would be perfect. They’re supposed to be weather-proof and corrosion-resistant, so I’m sure you could use them for outdoor furniture as well.
They’re also kind of fun. There’s just something weirdly satisfying about clicking two magnets together, and getting to do that every time I shut my cabinet drawers makes being in the kitchen a little more fun.
I’ll get off my soapbox pretty soon, but before I do, let me tell you two more things I love about this product. First, they’re incredibly easy to install. All you have to do is peel off the sticker over the back and attach the adhesive to whatever surface you’re sticking it onto. I’d recommend prepping the surface first by cleaning it with rubbing alcohol and letting it dry, and then holding the magnet into place for a full minute before letting go to ensure it really sticks. But that’s all you have to do — once the magnet is in place, you’re good to go. It literally takes a minute.
The second thing is the — get this — TEN-YEAR warranty. I can’t remember the last time I bought a product that had a warranty for so long. Not even the expensive computer and phone that I shelled out thousands of dollars for came with a guarantee that extensive.
Even though these aren’t that expensive in the first place, it’s a nice peace of mind — you know that when you’re buying them, they will last you a decade, if not longer. That’s the sort of sustainable design I wish all products had.
So, to anyone with doors or cabinets that tend to drift open (whether that’s thanks to a misaligned hinge, an orange cat, or a ghost), I can’t recommend Ruby Monkey Magnets more enthusiastically. They’re easy to use, extremely powerful, and super subtle — I don’t even notice mine when I walk into my kitchen. They get the job done, and they’re fun to use, too. That last trip to the vet might have cost me an arm and a leg, but it was worth it, if only because I learned about these.
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