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Q: Is there anyone who has trained a cat to stay off the counter?

March 13, 2008 | By Sandy B. | 6 answers | Expired: 2377 days ago

Sandy B.

my cat is just one year, and loves to defy when told to get down.

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John H.
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Mar 13, 2008

A squirt of water from a water bottle does wonders. Also, cats hate any citrus, especially orange, so if you use an orange cleaner on your counters it may help.

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Donna G.
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Mar 13, 2008

I don't know if you would say he was trained, but I had a cat that did not like to get wet, especially his feet, so I kept a shallow depth of standing water on my counter until he got the idea that it was an unpleasant experience. It didn't hurt him and it didn't take long (less than a week) before he stopped. He just become conditioned to associate being on the counter with something he considered unpleasant. Of course, if you cat likes to get wet, it might not work. But, really, all you have to do is find out what he doesn't like or considers unpleasant, then use that every time he gets on the counter. Eventually he will associate being on the counter with an unpleasant experience.

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Dylan75
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Mar 14, 2008

I have three cats, only one likes to jump on the counters. To stop her from doing so, I tried water but she liked to play with it. I tried that pet tape for furniture but it left sticky residue on the counter. The best thing was putting aluminum foil on the counter. Cats don't like the feel or the sound it makes under their feet. Works for furniture scratching too.

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Wavescapes
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Mar 14, 2008

Sometimes the ole water bottle and a firm "no" mixed with a startling noise works. When I'm home my kitten is well behaved, but I know when I'm gone she's all over the tables and counters. What can you do?!! :p

I've thought about getting those cans of air with motion sensors on them. I heard they work well to place in areas you don't want your animals, but they are a tad spendy.

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Jessica
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Mar 14, 2008

That has always been a big 'no no' in my house for my own cats and for any of the fosters that I bring home. Just keep getting after them and they will learn. The other part of that is when they are learning do not leave anything that will interest them out, like food.

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Theranddav
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Mar 15, 2008

Try to slightly crinkle a piece of aluminum foil. Make sure it is long enough to cover the counter. Tape it on. When I had cats, they hated the feeling and the noise it made when the jumped on it. Good luck.

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