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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-23-2013, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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Question staying off the counters ??

my 8 month old Tonks are constantly on the counters and tables. As soon as I yell NO or Down they jump off but is there a way to get them to stay off ??
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I am having the same problem with my kitten. I know we have to constantly say know until they learn but how long does it take.

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Whatever method you use will work GREAT... while you're there. The moment you walk out the door they are up there doing the hokey pokey.

Keep your counters cleared of ANYTHING remotely interesting. Put *EVERYTHING* away and just wipe down the counters before you start food preparation. Once kitten knows there's rarely anything interesting they'll stop investigating.

My boys both hop up but have an area where they are allowed (the bar portion) they don't come past that spot when im cooking and they KNOW when Im done that everything will be put away. Book may scope it to be sure, but then he gets right down and doesn't go back.
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I am having the same problem with my kitten. I know we have to constantly say know until they learn but how long does it take.

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Sometimes forever. I was never able to break Billy from it. The best I could do was teach him that one small out of the way corner on the counter was ok. All he wanted to do was greet us as we came in through the back door and do that from up high. How could I totally stop that? - it was just so darn cute to be greeted by a tail wagging cat!!!

My current crop of 5 cats do not go up on the counters - except sometimes in the morning I can see evidence of paw prints on the counter, so I know that someone is getting up there. I just have never seen who it is.

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I agree with leaving nothing out. I had to cover my dining room table because one of my cats goes on when I am not around with fur all over. She jumps down as soon as she sees me. It's obvious she knows she shouldn't be there but....
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You can try putting foil up there (a lot of cats don't like the sound of it), but my Dad tried that and it didn't really do anything to deter his kitty. One of mine only gets on the dining room table (and there's nothing up there). I gave up trying to get him to stop. He gets down as soon as he sees me, but he still does it...
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Ahhh forget it's almost impossible my two are always on the counter and dining room table. I have officially given up.

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post #8 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-23-2013, 02:49 PM
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If someone finds a way, let me know! Been trying to keep mine off the counters forever.

Tin foil doesn't work, tape doesn't work, keeping the counters clear and boring doesn't work.

My one cat jumps up and doesn't respond to NO or DOWN or anything, only thing he responds to is the squirt bottle, but that doesn't sound like a solution to me.
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I have the same problem with my cat. But when she sees us she gets down really fast. She knows she is not supposed to be on them but she is a very sneaky cat


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post #10 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-23-2013, 04:10 PM
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Thanks everyone. I guess I'll keep saying No. He does jump down when he see me from time to time. I figured if I was able to get him a cat tree he may stop some.
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