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what is the most effective way to keep a cat off furniture he's not supposed to be on? cujo is allowed to climb on anything but the kitchen table, counters, and the desks. however, this morning i found him on the counter, in the act of getting on top of the stove. which is very bad, we have an old stove with pilot lights and he has a puffy tail. this morning he also was climbing on everything, forcing me to get out of bed every 2 minutes to toss him off some furniture.
he's just started this, before he was a good kitty and didn't climb on off-limit places.

also, what is a good way to keep him from biting my feet in the esrly early morning and waking me up? he has been such a pest these last few days!! :(
 

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Faile,
Frosty is my first kitty so here is what happens with us:
First and foremost his toys are spread everywhere and sometimes even if he is bored - he trips over something and starts playing with it. We play a lot but a little more right before going to bed. The little doggies are of great help here too. They love to play together. When we do this he usually sleeps all through the night. He made a habit out of it. When my husband wakes up in the morning to go to work (5 am) Frosty wakes up too and is ready to eat. Then he comes to me to kiss me and then bites my fingers. But then I have my water guns ready and since I want to get back to sleep I let him know when is enough and he goes away to find something to play with till I wake up. ABout the table and counters - I am really trying :roll:
 

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Double stick tape (wide) has been helpful to some people. Kitties hate to have anything sticky on their paws. I have also heard that some people put aluminum foil on forbidden surfaces. The gas stove is enough to make you nervous, I'm sure. However, I had a gas stove and cats for ten years with no problems. I don't remember them jumping up there, however. I think I'd try the tape.
 

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we've had tape on the tables and stuff. he's ignoring it, and we can't cover our entire table in tape cause we need it! tape just isn't working anymore. cujo has toys all over the house too, but he quickly loses interest unless someone is playing with him.

is it possible he's freaking because this is the first the windows have been closed? (it got cold outside!!)
 

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oh, then Faile I guess you need to get Cujo some doggies :p - a dachshund is enough!
With the table and counters I hardly ever have to use something to spray with anymore. He sees I've noticed he is on the table and he gets in a deffensive position. He waits a second - I clap my hands and that's it. Haven't tried the tape nor the foil yet - so I still have a chance :lol: !
 

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I use the squirt bottle when the kitties are being naughty, and they really are learning. They love tape though, so they actually seek it out. If the girls are bad three times in a row, they get time-out in their room alone. It helps to calm them down, and keeps me from getting too mad at them.
 

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I use the squirt bottle when the kitties are being naughty, and they really are learning. They love tape though, so they actually seek it out. If the girls are bad three times in a row, they get time-out in their room alone. It helps to calm them down, and keeps me from getting too mad at them.
hehe time out for kitties, omg I love that lol, it really works? like, they understand what you're doing?
 

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Well, I'm not sure they totally understand, but at least it makes them settle down. The main reason for time-out is attacking the plants or jumping on the dining table. Putting them away for a bit makes them forget about the forbidden toy, and when they come back all they want to do is snuggle.
 

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My kitty wakes me up in the morning too! She goes through this cycle-- sometimes she bites my feet, sometimes she's cute and just sticks a paw in my face or nuzzles me, sometimes she even leaves me alone the whole night! I really thought she was getting better about it but the past couple of days the nipping has been driving me crazy. I've tried squirting her with water, but I think she LIKES it, she is startled at first but always comes back for more! But I think the new wave of AM attacks is partly due to my roomate taking her cat away for a few days, my kitty doesn't have anyone else to chase right now.... :lol:
 

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a few new thoughts on my now insane kitty- i bought some of that wheat grass you can grow for him. he went nuts about the time he started eating that. also, i switched litter brands, he uses the box fine but could that be part of the reason?

i had a friend of mine who is a vet tech over today, she agreed that he is extraordinarily rambunctious.
 

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A change of litter could make the difference. Sometimes a cat just doesn't like a certain litter, or where the box is, whether it's covered or not, etc.

Are you eating the grass or is the cat eating it? I'm wondering why the cats cares if you're eating it. :) Maybe your cat has been getting into the catnip! That might explain his being rambunctiousness :wink:
 

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Our cats are allowed anywhere except on the kitchen counters......We've tried foil, tape, vinyl carpet gripper turned upside down - No chance! the foil got dragged off and used as a toy, so was the tape, and the gripper, the little masochists like to sleep on it!

We've given up and now I'm putting doors up!
 

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A change of litter could make the difference. Sometimes a cat just doesn't like a certain litter, or where the box is, whether it's covered or not, etc.

Are you eating the grass or is the cat eating it? I'm wondering why the cats cares if you're eating it. :) Maybe your cat has been getting into the catnip! That might explain his being rambunctiousness :wink:
*smack myself on the head* oops!! i mean he's eating it!!
the reason i don't think it's the litter, this is like, the fourth litter i've tried and he didn't react to any of the other brands like this. he still uses the box fine.

he doesn't react very much to catnip, either. he eats it if i put some down for him but it doesn't freak him out or anything. he has a catnip toy but only plays with it if you throw it at him.

i've just taken the grass away, lets see if he'll calm down if it's not around.

now he's running around the house full speed, meowing constantly and stopping dead every so often with his back arched and all his fur sticking out, and huge, dialated eyes. he's been jumping at my face lately too, with claws in but still pretty scary.

i really don't know what to do! i'm going to the vet on wednesday anyway, for some shots, i'm hoping to god she will know what's wrong. he is really driving us insane with his crazyness.

he pooped a string today. also, he tends to enjoy using the litter box immediately after i've scooped it. today he pooped while i was scooping. is that normal or part of his going insane? i think he seriously has had a mental breakdown or something. i don't know what is up with him.
 

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I was just teasing you about eating the grass, of course. :) If your cat a kitten? If so, it's not so unusual, but if he's 2 or three years old and never acted like this before, I think you're absolutely right to take him to the vet. Please watch for string and ribbons. They're dangerous. I do hope you get some answers from the vet.
 
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