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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-27-2017, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Cats on kitchen counter

I have two new cats, both female and both rescues. Allie is 6 years old and Samantha just 12 weeks old. Any suggestions for how to keep them off the kitchen counters? Putting them back on the floor a hundred times a day hasn't seemed to do the trick.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-27-2017, 11:28 PM
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To be honest, most of us have given up that fight. They like being up high and counters are interesting. I keep food and anything breakable off mine. I actually like when one of them hangs out while I'm working in the kitchen. They know to stay on the other side of the sink. Even if you can teach them to stay off when you're around, they'll be throwing counter parties when you're not around.

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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-28-2017, 02:00 PM
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What's worked for my two kitchen counter and island surfers is Ssscat! motion detector spray" available at Amazon. Just got to remember whether it's turned "on" or "off", as I've gotten sprayed too! Although I don't usually recommend using a hand held spray, for a bold cat that may not be deterred by the automatic one, you could keep a sprayer on the kitchen counter and spray the cat if he's jumping up while you're working there, and use disinfectant wet wipes to wipe down the counters before you start preparing any food.

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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-28-2017, 04:11 PM
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Agree with others..
Gave up on that a VERY VERY long time ago..
Just make sure I don't keep anything valuable on the counter tops and
ALWAYS keep disinfectant wipes before any food prep or using the counter..
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Okay, well I really, really didn't want to have to admit this, but I guess I'm going to have to. Allie (the older of the two) has actually peed on the kitchen counter! I know it was her, because the kitten can't jump quite that high yet. Anyway, this happened more than a week ago, but it almost caused me to consider returning her to her rescuer. I can put up with a lot, but pee on my kitchen counter crosses that line.

Anyway, to make a long story short, Allie came from an abusive home and was dealing with the trauma of a dog and a new kitten, as well as a new home, from which she managed to escape (via a doggie door) on day two. This past Tuesday, I bought a set of three calming collars (Feliway, I think) and put one on her. I was afraid that she would freak out by having something around her neck, but it didn't seem to bother her at all. I have never in my life seen such an immediate about-face in any animal. Allie came out of her shell within literally less than an hour. She is now calm around the dog, allows the kitten to "almost" snuggle up to her, and wants to spend most of her time wherever the family is. Before that, she didn't want anybody to touch her, was scared of the dog, and hostile to the kitten. And that's all in addition to her peeing on the kitchen counter!

It's been a week since she peed outside of her litter box and she is clearly a much happier cat than she was for the first three weeks we had her. I still don't want her on the counter, and I'm finding that double-sided tape on sheets of poster paper are deterring her. I've also put a cat tree at one end of the counter so that if she wants to be up high in the kitchen, she can be. But yes, disinfectant wipes before using the counter are a definite must!

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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-29-2017, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
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I've heard of Ssscat. What I'm wondering is how close she'd have to get to it in order for it to detect her presence. The counter is "U"-shaped and I wonder if I wouldn't have to buy three or four of them in order to catch her jumping up to various parts of it. One positive, though, is I guess she wouldn't associate it with me, right? I mean, she's come so far and I wouldn't want to have her start to not trust me when I was just making good progress in that area.

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My Ssscat! spray seems to spray about 5 ft. max.

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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-29-2017, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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But does a cat have to be directly in front of it for it to pick up its presence?

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About a 45degree angle from the nozzle on both sides is the range of mine.

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Sounds like it might be a good deal!

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