Kitchen counters are a wonderland of delicious smells and fun toys to your cat. However, counter tops can hold hidden dangers for kitty. Forget to put the chicken bones in the garbage once and a free roaming cat may choke on this irresistible find.
Cats on counters aren’t so healthy for their human owners, either. Cats can track litter, urine, and feces onto food preparation areas.
Follow these helpful tips to ensure a happy, kitty-free zone.
When bringing a new kitten home, teach him from the beginning that counters are off-limits. Never feed him on the counter, no matter how convenient. Keep kitty’s food on the floor or on top of a dedicated cat pedestal.
If your kitten jumps onto the counter, make a concerned, but not angry, fuss and immediately place him in an acceptable area. Then, continue making a fuss as you spray and clean the spot where he was. If the cat jumps on the counter again, repeat these steps but with the spray bottle in hand.
This should teach the cat that he could be sprayed at any time while on the counter and train him to avoid that area.
If you’re trying to break an already established pattern of cat behavior, remove any rewards the cat may encounter. Keep all food put away so there are no tempting smells or tidbits for kitty. If your cat enjoys sunning herself on a certain counter top, close the blinds or curtains.
Make sure she has somewhere else to perch in the kitchen and immediately place her there if she wanders into the forbidden area. Above all, be consistent. Don’t let the cat sit on any part of the counter and don’t permit the cat sit there sometimes but not others as this will only confuse her.
If you find you still can’t keep the cat off the counter, try some of these tricks:
Double-sided Sticky Tape
Cats hate the feeling off things sticking to their feet or fur, so placing strips at random intervals will leave the surface less inviting for kitty.
Place a few sheets of aluminum foil along the edges of the counter tops. When your cat jumps up, the foil will slide and crinkle providing a tactile and aural disincentive for the cat to visit the counter.
Consider investing in a motion activated citrus spray, since cats hate the smell. There are also products which play a loud noise or vibrate when the cat enters the area. These products can ensure that the cats stay off the counters even when you aren’t around to enforce the rules.