(Closed) Do you let your pets on the counter/table?

posted 9 years ago in Pets
Post # 32
7294 posts
Busy Beekeeper

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@pengoala:  haha “like”

i have to admit, i am guilty of this.  i do draw the line at letting my cats eat off my plate though. they get swapped away if they even attempt to put their noses in my plate.  And if i am in the midst of cooking/prepping food on the counter, i obviously don’t let them up there then. 

Post # 33
5493 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

Guilty.  I do tell him to get off and shoo him away but it never seems to deter him from getting right back up there.

This is my baby Vincent.

Post # 34
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Our cats aren’t allowed on the counter and don’t go up there. When they were kittens and tried it they got chased off and now they don’t go up there anymore. I do wash the counters off really good before cooking just in case though. Our kitchen table that we don’t eat at EVER is a different story though. They use it as a step to the half wall/ledge thats beside it because thats where they sleep all the time…jump up onto chair, jump up onto table, jump up to ledge.

Post # 35
3878 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have siamese too! …2 of them. We have tried and tried to get them to stay off the kitchen table but I finally gave up. We did succeed in keeping them off the counters though (at least while we are home).

Post # 36
15196 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Well, I dont cause my dog is 85 lbs.  But he’s not allowed on furniture or the bed either for the same reason.  I’m a clean freak, I dont wear my shoes around the house or ever sit in the bed in street clothes.. so a pets feet is not allowed all over either.

Post # 37
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Homegirl pretty much goes where she wants except not the kitchen counters.

Post # 38
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My cats do jump up on the counters… Yes I run them off… Yes I have tried to train them not to… No it has not worked… I clean it and move on… No big deal…

Post # 39
2701 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I shoo her everytime she goes on the counter. She just does it. I am working on training her!

Post # 40
8880 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

My first thought to this question is that they let themselves on the counter and tables. No matter how many times we say “no” and “bad” they do it.

Post # 41
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

My sister and her boyfriend have two cats. The oldest one, Luci is the only one that would ever go on the counter or table (and get in trouble if caught). The younger one, Steve, doesn’t really care for people food, and the only “table” she ever goes up on is the one for the laundry (which is actually allowed).

Post # 42
1331 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I just don’t get cats…How is it okay to “try” to train them but they just don’t listen, so you let them do whatever they want because they’re “just so cute.” My dog is gorgeous, but if she sticks her nose on the counter where it doesn’t belong, she gets popped on it. Believe it didn’t take her long to learn what she should and shouldn’t do. Having an animal walk around on your kitchen counters is gross.

ETA: Tone was probably harsher than I meant it to sound.

Post # 43
1108 posts
Bumble bee

No.  They know they’re not supposed to be up there, but they go anyway.  Then they jump down and run away when we come to move them or squirt them with the water bottle.  

I’ve taken to running and yelling obnoxiously, hoping that the ensuing loud noise that follows will help.  I don’t think it’s going to.

Post # 44
826 posts
Busy bee

Ew, no. My rabbits can’t get up there anyway, but if they could…no.

Post # 45
6511 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Since when do cats need to be “let” to do anything? LOL 

I never allowed our dog on the counters or tables, but you just can’t train a cat in the same way.  I sternly say “NO” in my intimidating voice when I catch my cat where she is not supposed to be, and sometimes that is enough to get her down.  Sometimes I have to actually get up and move her.  But I can’t do much when she is at home alone, and cleaning counters quickly before use is normal practice anyways. 

Also, cats are CLEAN animals.  They bathe themselves meticulously.  Every time my kitty goes in her box, she spend 10+ minutes cleaning off her paws and then the rest of her fur.  She is more hygenic than many people that work in my office building lol.

Post # 46
2657 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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@star_dust:  You have a cutie. 🙂


I havent let any of my pets up there. But once in awhile they have snuck up there.

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