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Old 11-07-2012, 08:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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sorry if I have already posted this,my computer is acting up and therefor I cant check. But anyways,I want to bring my cat inside,2 reasons...its cold,and my neighbor picked my other cat up and took her home,

But I cant because he gets on the tables and counters,any ideas on how to stop this ? Its 20 some degrees out right now and I know id hate to be out there
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is a situation where you may need to compromise. It's in a cat's nature to want to climb and jump up on things. Keep things off the table and counters that he wants so he has less of a reason to want to be up there. Buy a container of Lysol or Clorox wipes and use those to clean off the counter before eating or preparing food. Maybe get him a cat tree so that he has something that its okay for him to jump up on.

You're missing out on the best parts of having a pet by banishing your cat to the outside. We all have to compromise a bit and make adjustments when we make the decision to get a pet. It's kind of like having a kid that way. The rewards of having a pet can be great, but what you get out of it depends on what you're willing to put into it.

So please bring your kitty inside and work on this. I really think that you could make it work out. And if you decide that it's not going to work having a cat indoors, please consider doing what's best for the cat by finding him a new home instead of turning him out again.
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What's the big deal? Keep things put away and wipe off the table/counters before preparing food/eating.....
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:45 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Make your counters and tables boring for two reasons: (1) Your cat will also find it boring and will eventually jump up, look around, be bored and jump back down; and (2) you won't be stressing because there's nothing he can get into/break/destroy.

Cali knows she can sit on the counter on other side of the sink while I cook, do dishes, etc. I like the company, to be honest.
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Make your counters and tables boring for two reasons: (1) Your cat will also find it boring and will eventually jump up, look around, be bored and jump back down
One of my cats seeks out bare tables/counters so she can stretch out and take a nap I mean, why sleep in one of the 4 cat beds/baskets, the sofa, or my bed when there's a nice hard table? LOL

I don't see what the problem with cats on counters is; just don't leave anything potentially dangerous out.
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:32 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Cats do not need to be on tables or kitchen counters. They will respect boundaries if you set them and are consistent in the enforcement of same. Loud noise, NO, water spray all work if consistently applied. My cats have NEVER been allowed that space and have all learned to respect that location of the house. They climb all over everything else but not where people eat.
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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While you're home.
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:45 PM   #8 (permalink)
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To paraphrase Jim Croce ...

You don't tug on Superman's cape
You don't spit into the wind
You don't pull the mask off an old Lone Ranger
And you don't keep cats off the table and counters
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:50 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Cats on counters happen.
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Old 11-09-2012, 12:24 AM   #10 (permalink)
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And if it doesn't happen when you are home...it certainly happends when you are away! LOL!
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