Q: how do I keep my cats off tables & counters

January 14, 2011 | By Tonyalpillai | 5 answers | Expired: 1838 days ago

I have two kittens their about 10 months old they are brothers and I can't get them to stay off the table and kitchen counters also they won't leave my plants alone. Please help!

Readers' Answers (5)

Jan 24, 2011

Make sure any plant you decide to keep in the house is safe for cats just to be on the safe side. Cats love plants & have a tendency to take a nibble. Also, provide them with their own plants placed around the house like pots of cat grass,catnip, & catmint, so they won't be as tempted to go after yours.

As as keeping them off the tables & counters, you have to train them. This means you have to teach them even when you're not around to see them do it. When you're there to see them, one squirt from a squirt bottle filled with plain water or an immediate shake from a can with a few pennies in it will do the trick. For times you're not home or in another room, there are other things you can try. They make a deterrent called Ssscat! that has a sensor on it that when it detects movement it sprays a harmless puff of air & makes a loud noise. Thee are several different types of harmless but effective deterrents on the market. For a more low tech solution, you can get vinyl carpet runners that have the little nubs on one side & cut those to fit your table & counters. Lay them, nub-side up. Although they don't hurt them, cats usually don't like the feel of the little nubs on their feet so when they jump up & land on them, they jump right off. You can also put double-sided tape or lay out contact paper sticky-side up, but that can get expensive by the time you get them trained. You can also tape a strip of foil along your counters since cats tend to not like the sound or the feel of it. Keep all food & anything that might be perceived as a toy to a cat off the counters & tables & also provide the cats with their own high places to climb on like cat trees.

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Jan 26, 2011

This is quite simple and totally harmless. I've been doing this for many years.

Go to a hardware store and purchase Painters Tape. Pull out a strip the length
you need and place it on the counter and/or furniture STICKY SIDE UP. It'll only take once or twice for your babies to come in contact with it and that's it. The tape can be removed very easily and usually falls off their feet when they run away from it or shake their feet. It's safe and it works. We have leather furniture and I leave it on unless we sit down and even when we are away not one cats ventures on it and we have 8 of them.

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daryl b.

Jan 15, 2011

as far as the plants go please make sure they are not poison to them. as far as the table try making sure the chairs are pused all the way in. the counters if you make sure there is nothing on them they want they should give up after a while. i hope

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