For whatever reason, cats and dogs love jigsaw puzzles! I can't tell you how many time's I've almost completed a custom jigsaw puzzle to find out my cat had gotten on the table and batted a few of my piece all over the kitchen. Luckily I've been able to find most of the pieces but unfortunately not all of them. If you have a furry friend running around your home and enjoy doing puzzles, then you've probably been in this situation before. So I've decided to share with you what I've learned and hopefully help you preserve your hard work!
Option 1: Tin Foil
For whatever reason, cats HATE walking on tin foil! I like to line the edges of my table with it so when they try to jump onto the table they hit that edge piece and then decide it's not worth it.
Fair warning: it doesn't work for every cat, and some will be more brave then others.
Option 2: Using a Puzzle Board With Storage
This option will still allow your cat to invade your space while working on the puzzle. But it will give you the option to cover up and store your puzzle safely whenever you are away doing other important tasks. Many puzzle storage boards are also very portable, so if you're kitten is getting a little to comfortable you can move to a more private room while working on your puzzle.
Option 3: Keep Part of Puzzle In The Box
When working on a larger puzzle, like our custom 500 piece jigsaw puzzle, it can be helpful to leave part of the puzzle in the box. If you have the pieces sorted out into color groups, work on one section at a time so that way it'll be easier to keep and eye on the pieces. Our custom photo puzzles come with an extra layer of protection because we store the puzzle in a thick and durable zip lock sleeve to ensure the pieces are safe during storage.