Post # 17
Mine can’t leap high enough to counter-surf.
She can *just* get her front paws onto the counter by standing on her hind legs, when she really wants to investigate, but the first time she did it, she upset a plate and it fell and shattered. I think the experience was unpleasant enough that she hasn’t tried it again since!
Post # 18
LET? Haha. My cat just helps himself.
Post # 19
Yes. We have a cat and a free range rabbit (shameless photos to follow). Both are allowed on tables and counter tops. I don’t mind and the literbox feet aren’t something I’m worried about. Cats burry their feces – they don’t really stomp about in it, as long as you clean their literbox daily. Rabbits feces isn’t really nasty – it’s basicaly just balls of hay and they burry their urine. Regardless, it’s a personal issue and our animals are permitted to walk or climb wherever they really please, as long as it’s not destructive or harmful. Of course, this means we have to be extra vigilant about keeping things out of reach, but that’s really not such a negative thing 🙂
ETA: Also, it means that the animals need to have manners, so no begging for food or jumping up and stealing from plates, etc.
Post # 20
We don’t “let” him on the counter, he just does whatever he wants.
Post # 21
My little doggie can’t get on the counter/table like a cat, but he’s allowed to sleep on the couch/ in our bed.
Post # 22
They’re both so cute.
Sometimes I let my hamster walk on our coffee table….but I guess we don’t really eat off that surface anyway. He is a tiny fuzzball and does not pee or poo outside of his house (he’s actually litter trained with a tiny little litter box, haha).
Post # 23
Yep, our cat does whatever she wants. If our dog can get up on something, she will. They both sleep on our bed too.
Post # 24
Um, no. And if I’m over a house where I see a cat walking on the counter/tables, I will try very hard not to eat anything made in that kitchen. Sorry, but that’s just totally disgusting.
Heck, my Great Dane can reach the counter without jumping up, the table must look like a buffet to her, and the coffee table is practically the ground. She knows that her snout and all other body parts stay AWAY from the food.
It’s called training, and I use it.
Post # 25
no not on the tables or counters. But my dog can jump and sit on our lap on call.
Post # 26
@kswiftbride- I completely agree with you.
I am an animal lover but if I go to someone’s house and see their cats walking on the counters in the kitche I will not eat there. I don’t have cats but I do have two dogs who know that they are not allowed anywhere near the dinner table so when I go to a friends house and their dog is begging of all over me when I’m trying to eat I get a little annoyed.
Cute kitty though!
Post # 27
No, but sometimes Fiance puts our dog on the kitchen table. I immediately tell him to put her down. A dog’s place isn’t on the table. There’s no reason for it.
I noticed that when we were staying with FI’s grandparents that they allowed their cats on the counter. I was in shock considering they can be high maintenance and they’re really strict about cleaning, etc. Their house is immaculate.
And now that I think about it – Future In-Laws let their cats walk on the kitchen table too. They’re just not allowed to be petted. Really? hahaha.
They all have siamese cats!
Post # 28
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No I don’t let her, but I really don’t have any control over the situation. Haha. No matter how many times I knock her off the counter or spray her she always comes back. *sigh* I gave up and now just constantly clean my counters/tables. I know that the second we leave for work she probably jumps right back up there again so I always wipe everything down before I start cooking.
Post # 29
Firstly, I am a hygiene freak! Seriously, I clean everything all the time! Being a cat owner, I believe it’s my duty to make sure she doesn’t make my house ‘dirty’. I love her, I chose to have her, therefore I chose the responsibilty of looking after her AND my house.
That being said I can’t control her, like coyote above said!!
I wish I could train my cat! I’ve done EVERYTHING on the net/in pet books to ‘train’ her. At the end of the day I just don’t think cats can be completely trained! But I definitely do my best and don’t ‘allow’ bad behaviour.
Post # 30
By The Way OP your boy is freaking adorable!!!!
Post # 31
i don’t have a pet anymore but when i did, it never went on the counter or table. that’s where i prepare and eat my food. i like to keep my counters clean.