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post #11 of 32 (permalink) Old 11-09-2012, 06:02 AM
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Scare the living daylights out of him by yelling or rattling a can of coins when you catch him on the counter or table. He will very quickly learn that they are terrifying spaces he should not mess with. Cats are smart ;}

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post #12 of 32 (permalink) Old 11-09-2012, 06:09 AM
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Yelling does nothing to Joy...LOL
She just lays down on the counter and looks at us. Or she jumps down and meows at us depending on her mood!
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post #13 of 32 (permalink) Old 11-09-2012, 08:16 AM
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It's a losing battle in my house. I remove him from the kitchen table whenever I see him, but I'm sure he does it when I'm away.

I don't see him on counters often, but I've gotten in the habit of disinfecting kitchen surfaces before I do any food prep or eating - this is probably a smart idea anyway even without pets.


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post #14 of 32 (permalink) Old 11-09-2012, 10:18 AM
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My cats use to do this all the time when they were kittens. I corrected them and they stopped. Now they just do it when no one is home... I know this because I occasionally find the kitchen sponge/cloth on the living room floor. Deter him as much as you can and buy a tall cat tree and shelving for him to climb. That said, cats will go where they want. When I come home I always find every bedroom closet open a crack. Bf caught one of them napping on the shelves in there the other day...
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I've never had an inside cat, but it amazes me how they jump up on things when they can't see the top/landing zone. Midnight, the wild cat, first jumped up on the recycle bin for a snooze- what if there was no top? Then he is up on a cabinet (4 feet high) in the garage, sleeping - so I put some bedding up there. Then he rolls around with complete disregard for the height - falls off- and jumps back up again. Silly Cat!

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What's wrong with getting on tables and counters? You're really going to leave the cat out there in the cold because of this?
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I've never had an inside cat, but it amazes me how they jump up on things when they can't see the top/landing zone. Midnight, the wild cat, first jumped up on the recycle bin for a snooze- what if there was no top? Then he is up on a cabinet (4 feet high) in the garage, sleeping - so I put some bedding up there. Then he rolls around with complete disregard for the height - falls off- and jumps back up again. Silly Cat!
mine does this into my dirty laundry hamper. usually, it has clothes in it and he gets a nice soft landing. Sometimes though he tries to jump in just after I've done laundry and he falls all the way to the bottom. When he was smaller, he couldn't get out on his own. Now he jumps out and pretends like no one saw what he just did...
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This is a time to work on yourself and not the cat. Life is much easier if you say -- who cares, they're very clean animals, who can blame them for wanting to explore the space when our house is all they have, who can blame them for wanting to be at eye level with us, and who really cares. We not only let Murphy on the counters, we encourage him up there by giving him treats!

I'm just saying, we've reduced their territory to a house. We really ought to let them explore and use every inch of it.


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I admit that I disinfect kitchen surfaces before food preparation (and remove most kitties even during preparation during it) but I can't help wondering if we are becoming too anal retentive about hygiene for our own good. When I was a kid, I would ride for half a day, eat a picnic without washing my hands (and share some of the food with the horse!!!) and never, ever had any problems. I would pick berries straight from the bush and eat them. I would gather mushrooms and eat some of them raw in the field and did so with no side-effects. Still do for that matter!!!
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I agree 100%. Plus, who else had a mom or grandmother with that Crisco can full of bacon grease sitting on the stove?? (My girls would go crazy over that!!)

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