Well, my name is savoirfaire, which in French, means "know-how". Well, ironically, I know nothing about how to deal with my kitten, and her never ending list of trouble making problems. I'm rolling them out every few days so as not to overwhelm this forum.
Today's topic, is trying to steal my food. Now, let me start out by saying I have NEVER EVER given her a scrap of my food. The only "human" treats I have ever given her are tiny pieces of cheese that I was putting a little pill into when I first got her (she loves cheese), and I gave her a couple of kernels of popcorn when she was very young (she liked them alright, but more recently throwing a kernel or two and all she does is bat it around).
So, anyway, she is 5 months old now, I got her at around 10-11 ish weeks old. and yeah, Every time I am in the kitchen, she is meowing and begging for food. I feed her premium wet food (usually Wellness or comparable brands), and she has premium dry food (wellness kitten), all the time for snacking, which she isn't crazy about, but munches on every now and then.
So she jumps on my leg and meows, and leans on the cupboards whenever I try to make stuff. Then when I actually eat my meal at the kitchen table, she jumps up on my lap and constantly tries to get on the kitchen table and shove her face into my food. Usually when I try and touch her she acrobats her face away from my hand or runs away and hides like I'm a serial killer, but when I'm eating and I push her face away from my food she just tries to push back.
In any given meal she jumps on my lap 3 or 4 times to steal my food. My general way of dealing with her before is as follows:
1) Kitchen: Ignore her. If she persists, I pick her up and put her in front of her food dish, and walk away. Success rate: 0%, she just comes back into the kitchen.
2)Table: If she jumps on my lap, let it happen. If so much as a paw goes on the table, pick her up and put her on the floor. If she stays on my lap but leans over my plate with her face, put her on the floor.
Success rate: 5% on first put down, 50% on second put down, 75% on third put down. However, this has in no way deterred her from trying to get at my food every day.
I have been "training" her that she doesn't get to eat my food for two and a half months now, and she hasn't even slightly reduced her attempts at stealing it. Any suggestions from anyone? I just want to eat in peace.