Kitchen counters and early mornings :(
I was wondering if you guys have any suggestions for my kitties.
First off, they love to be on the kitchen counter (yuck!). We have tried putting duct tape sticky side up to discourage them, but they just lick it off no problems. We never keep food on the counter anymore, but they drive us nuts always jumping on the counter, especially right after using the litter box.
Second, my kitten, Sam (8 months) doesn't seem to know how to let me sleep in the morning. We used to let them sleep with us, but starting at 5am, he and Kira (3 years) begin playing tag- on top of the bed. So we've been shutting the door at night. Unfortunately, this has led to a bad habit of Sam kneading and scratching the carpet, and banging against the door. I am completely unable to sleep with noise! I don't want to reward the behavior, so I ignore it until he takes a break, then I go out and lock him in our bathroom. We live in a rented apartment and really don't want have to pay to replace the carpet that he is slowly destroying. I think he gets anxious because he is extremely bonded to me, and he is a total food lover (he thinks that I will feed him the second I get up). This is getting old really fast, and I am tired of not getting any sleep! Suggestions? (I already put a scratching post by the door, but he continues to scratch on the carpet.
Thanks for your suggestions!