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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-14-2008, 07:06 AM Thread Starter
 
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How do i stop my cat going on the kitchen sides?

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I have had my cat about 4-5 weeks now, and she keeps going on the kitchen sides, i have tried "paws away" which is like a sticky strip but that was a nightmare as i just got hairs and bits of food stuck to it which isn't hygienic!

So then i sprinkled pepper on the edges of the work surfaces, i think that has worked but its messy and a pain in the bottom!

Anything else i can try? Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-14-2008, 09:34 AM
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I gave up worrying about Toby going on the worktops a looooong time ago.

Just buy some antibacterial kitchen spray and wipe down the tops before you cook anything. Thats what I do
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-14-2008, 11:16 AM
 
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You could try a squirt bottle.

My guys who are only 11 weeks old were only up on the counter ONCE since I got them.I squirted them with water and they haven't been up there since...at least not when I am around.

This method has worked for my mom's cats too.

I just wanted to mention tho...if you let your cats get up on tables and things,then they are going to be confused when you don't allow them on the counter.At least at first.
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I cannot stop my cats from getting to wherever they can get to, but I can let them know I don't appreciate it. Usually I only have to say a firm, sharp "No!", "Off!", "Aaaaannnt!" or "Get down!" and they jump down right away. It has now progressed to a 'look' accompanied by snapping fingers and they will hop down or stop whatever they are doing.

I keep Clorox wipes near the sink and I just clean the surfaces before I prepare food because I cannot tell if they have been up there or not. Safer just to clean before making anything on the counter.

Something we did use when we had a new addition to the house that was not 'getting it', I used poster board with one side covered in double sided sticky tape. Place them up there when I wasn't using the counter, set them aside when I did need the counter. However, like you, I didn't like how quickly they got dirty.



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you could try tin foil, I've heard it works for some cats. What I would do is restrict their access to that area when you are not home (if you can) and when you are just keep and eye out for them going up there, as soon as they do use a command or noise (I use a high pitched kissing sound) and go over and take the cat off, if he tries to jump right back on block her with your hand. Repeat every time and eventually she'll learn that getting up there never works. If they do still go up there at least you'll have a noise/command to get them off from a distance.
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Lol me too, Hubby keeps getting mad at him, and chases him around, he doesn't understand that Tiger will ALWAYS hop on counters hahaha.

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What has worked for me is, a loud "No" and clap and never, ever, ever leave anything on the counter that they may find yummy or interesting. Little-one still occasionally goes up there but it's very rare.
In the end, it's just part of having cats. I always wipe off the counters before I cook anyway.

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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-15-2008, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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thanks for all you help! shes been a bit better since the pepper thing so i dunno if she thinks its still up there haha!
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What kind of pepper and how much?

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