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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. :frown2:
 

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

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One more question about SSScat... I want to keep the cats off the kitchen counters. That's pretty much the only place I won't allow them to go. I'm already pretty sure that I'm going to have to be moving it around to various places on the counter until they learn that the entire counter is off limits. Otherwise, they'll just avoid the part of the counter they learn is unsafe. But, here's my question. Allie (the 6-year-old) comes from an abusive home. She is doing much, much better than she was when we first got her (which was about five weeks ago), but she's still cautious when she sees someone walking towards her or when she hears Friederik (our dog, sweet and totally not a threat, but kind of a bull in a china store when he gets excited) barreling down the hallway. She's getting to where she really wants to be around us, when we're watching TV or something like that, and I saw her talk more upright today than I have ever seen it in the past.

So, my question is... Is SSScat likely to traumatize her? I don't mind her being startled, and she ought to very quickly learn that the kitchen counters are the only place where that scary noise happens. She doesn't even try to get on the counters when I'm in the kitchen with her, so I'd just turn it off then. She will only encounter the spray when nobody is in the kitchen and she jumps up on the counter, so I'm assuming she won't associate the scariness with me or my husband. I'm trying so hard to give her a happy home. I just don't want to destroy the confidence she is finally gaining.
 

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Since Allie is nervous about things, it will scare her, whether it will traumatize her to not want to even go into the kitchen is possible, but hard to determine if that would be the result. You could put some old towels, or sheets that cover the counter and put double-sided sticky tape on it in strips. Most cats don't like walking on that. It's the only thing that worked for my Devon "Fitty" to keep him from walking on the top railing on the upper floor of our condo---I was always afraid that he was going to fall off, and it's about a 15 ft. drop to the floor, and I certainly didn't want him to be injured. He came close a couple of times.
 
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