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Yep another food question, I was wondering how much of my "loose" food in the kitchen that I will need to move and find a new place for?
Hope this make sense?
Mostly I like a real tidy kitchen and most food is put away but there is usually a loaf of bread, tortillas, maybe a bag of chips or so that is laying around.
I have read on here that one method of keeping cats off of the table and counters is to have nothing of interest up there in the first place?
Maybe I just answered my own question but any other input is welcomed.

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LOL, it all depends on the cat. We had a cat named Winnie growing up who would get into anything. Any type of bread (biscuits, donuts, etc.) was her favorite, so we had to "hide" everything. One time, my Mom had left a box of donuts on top of the refrigerator (which was pretty difficult to get to because there was just a small gap between the top of the fridge and the cabinet. Anyhow, we came downstairs one morning to find the box of donuts in the middle of the floor and they all had bites taken out of them. The powdered sugar covered ones seemed to be her favorite and there was powdered sugar EVERYWHERE. She came waltzing in the kitchen surveying the mess and acting like she had nothing to do with it. She was a solid black cat and covered in powdered sugar, so needless to say, we knew who the culprit was.

Some cats aren't interested in getting onto counters, but it's probably best to keep them clean to avoid temptation. :)
 

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You did, answer your own question. lol
Nothing... I repeat, nothing, on the counter. That goes for stuff you think a cat won't be interested in.
That's how I found out my two terror tots liked pound cake... yeah, I know but it was gnawed on to a semi rounded shape and then used as a beach ball.

To this very day, they still like a bit of pound cake if I'm feeling generous
 

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I had a cat that would get into any bread products, muffins, pastries, you name it. The ones we have now really don't get into stuff unless it is an opened can of tuna or ground beef if I am making burgers. I guess it depends on the cat, but if you don't leave anything that they consider a delicacy you will be alright.
 

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LOL, it all depends on the cat. We had a cat named Winnie growing up who would get into anything. Any type of bread (biscuits, donuts, etc.) was her favorite, so we had to "hide" everything. One time, my Mom had left a box of donuts on top of the refrigerator (which was pretty difficult to get to because there was just a small gap between the top of the fridge and the cabinet. Anyhow, we came downstairs one morning to find the box of donuts in the middle of the floor and they all had bites taken out of them. The powdered sugar covered ones seemed to be her favorite and there was powdered sugar EVERYWHERE. She came waltzing in the kitchen surveying the mess and acting like she had nothing to do with it. She was a solid black cat and covered in powdered sugar, so needless to say, we knew who the culprit was.

Some cats aren't interested in getting onto counters, but it's probably best to keep them clean to avoid temptation. :)
Now that is funny!
 

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She was a mess. She could open all of the cabinets and drawers in the kitchen, so we had to put child locks on them. The pantry door had a lever type handle, and she'd jump up on it so she could open the pantry. Anything that was in a box or bag was fair game to her. You'd think we were starving her! I think she was just about the challenge. :)
 

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Yes I do have to put extra dry food and treats in a secure place. All treats in a heavy drawer. No human or cats leftover out in the counter. All trash has to be secured or outside. My cats they may not get along lovey dovey with each other, but they definitely can work together. Angelo is the one in charge with the cabinets doors, and I believe Ponyo is the mastermind and she would grab the stash and run. I know Angelo did the cabinets because Ponyo doesn't know how to open doors at all. These stealing incidents happened at least 3 times so far when no human in the house. First time they stole a new (still sealed) bag of treats from the top of the fireplace. Came home to two super full cats. The other two times they stole bags of dry food samples. They divided the stolen items too. Ponyo's food stash was gone and all left were the empty bags. She is a little piggy. In the other room Angelo's stash was half way eaten, and I found a puddle of dry vomit nearby. He has sensitive tummy.
 

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I have to lock up everything still. Book has gotten better about scrounging but now that my work hours/commute is so long he gets hungry while I'm gone... and that just begs for trouble. Even today he ripped open a fresh box of 6 packs of peanut butter crackers. Ripped into every single pack.. it looks like he ate SOME but... mostly just got them busted and moist.

It also looks like he was trying to get into a can of soup. The label had gnaw marks and it was in the spare bedroom (instead of on the counter where I left it). So yeah.... I still have to lock things up.
 

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Bread it depends on the cat. Our boy loves bread. Woke up one morning with a bag of bread on the floor, one corner torn open and pieces of bread all over. Our girl doesn't care for human carbs, but anything meat she is all for it.
 

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I was mentioning in the other food thread that my cats aren't that human-food obsessed. Blacky to my knowledge has never jumped on a counter, Blaze hardly ever did (not at all for the first 10 years -- but when he got older he seemed a little more interested in jumping on counters...), and Jasper doesn't do it much. A few times he's gone after some meat sitting out or something but overall none of my cats have shown a interested in the counters even when food is on them.

What we do have to be careful about is leaving a bag of food on the floor or a chair, that Jasper will go after. Even a loaf of bread... but when the same bread sits out on the counter all week he doesn't care about it. Weirdo.
 

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My big open built in pantry quickly got turned into a "walk in pantry" with a pocket door!

Coca is unstoppable when it comes to crackers, chips, breads, muffins, pastries and cookies! She can open cupboard doors and we usually find the long skinny one open and her sleeping on my rags! Meats she usually leaves alone where Gizmo goes into that!

So in my house everything gets put in a hard plastic container with a lid if its staying on the counter! :)
 

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Yes, the containers!
We use sealing plastic containers to put baked goods in. Even if they are in the cupboard. We put food trash in a bin outside. The house smells fresher that way even without critters that try to get to the food. I live with someone who has always done that even when we didn't have animals. He liked to store breads and other baked goods in the microwave, but I don't like that too much because the microwave gets a bready smell that I am not too pleased with and food is fair game if the microwave is being used. We bought more containers so we don't have to use the micro.

You can try laying a piece of plastic carpet protector on the counters and tables, nubby spikey side up, to keep the cats off the surfaces when you are not home. The cats won't like the feeling on their feet when they step on it. I always think of where those paws have been when one jumps onto a kitchen or eating surface. The LITTERBOX!
 

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The only things that are safe on my counter are bananas. But I have found bite marks in them once or twice.

Seriously, even though my kitties are all over 5 now they'll still hop up their and lick cooling pies (shhhh, I told my bf they didn't get them ;) ), lick pans left cooling on the stove, eat through plastic to get to bread, ect.

Oh, just a tip, put the sugar bowl away. Doran got into the sugar the first night he figured out how to get on the counter...and was on a GIGANTIC sugar high for about 5 hours...which is about how long it took me to clean up the mess, lol.
 

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I was a bit if a neat freak before I got my cats (I've thrown that concept out the window now, or I would go insane), so I pretty much had all my food safely stored i.e. nothing out in the open.

However, I did get a bit of a scare one day, when Newt 'discovered' how to open the freezer door on my fridge quite by accident. She was on top of the fridge, and had shifted her weight in such a way that she pulled freezer door open with one set of her paws on top of the door portion, and the other set on the main 'roof' of the fridge. Fortunately, Newt isn't the mischievous troublemaker Newton is, so she doesn't intentionally do this on her own.

But if Newton ever figured it out... I would be in a heap of trouble.
 

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Yes! Librarychick brought up a good one! Get a covered sugar bowl if you have that on the counter. If someone forgets to put the cover on, Coca is in it playing in the "sand"!

Probably trying to make a sand castle or something with the sugar! ;)
 
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