Post # 16
Thank you all for your advise!!
So I tried aluminium foil as a quick fix, since this is what we got atm, and she does not care at all. She is all up on the counter again. Next step is the spray bottle. I guess our cats want us back at the offic so badly since they had 10h of uninterrupted counter time before the lockdown.
Post # 17
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We had to use foil on every surface to get our little jerk to stop jumping up on the counters. He hated the noise and the feel of it under his feet so after a week or 2 he just quit doing it. I haven’t had to use the foil since thankfully.
Post # 18
Spraying water at your cat is a bad way to discipline them. They don’t get disciplined when you’re not around, so they begin to associate the sprayed water with you and not with the behavior you’re trying to discourage. It’s an outdated technique that can introduce all sorts of new behavior issues and isn’t even that effective in addressing the behavior problems that already exist.
for counters, try double sided tape if foil doesn’t work, but do remember, these are cats. They’ve evolved to be jumpers and climbers. You’re asking them to suppress thousands of years of ingrained behavior and to learn these new habits immediately. No wonder they’re failing. You’re not realistic in your expectations.
Post # 19
We used a spray bottle and firm no’s (along with removing the cat every time she was on the counter) and it worked very well – we’ve moved three times and she still doesn’t go on our kitchen counters. I just wish we had thought to do the same for tables!
Ineffective, outdated, or whatever – a spray bottle combined with “no” worked wonders for training our cat to stay off certain surfaces (counters, TV stand, etc.). That said, it didn’t work for other behaviors (scratching carpet, for example).
Post # 20
My cat doesn’t care about rules! He’ll jump on the counter/table at any point. He’ll be 16 years old tomorrow and he’s just as annoying as ever.
I’ve used eveything to deter him and it doesn’t matter. But he is an especially strong willed and relentless cat.
Post # 21
We had cats who rarely went up there but it is difficult to train. You could get a spray bottle and be consistent every time with it. I have 3 new cats now and they would be all over the place for sure. But I keep them partioned away to another side of the house. Maybe only let them out when you’re done cooking/eating/no food out?
Post # 22
I think you need time to re-educate cats. It’s their habit and we have to fight it. I wouldn’t like it either if the cat was on my plate.
Post # 23
When we first got our cat we tried using a spray bottle so he wouldn’t ever get on the counter. He takes naps on the counter now. Cats do what they want.