|Purred: Mon Apr 29, '13 5:41pm PST |
|I have owned cats my entire life and none of them have liked to cruise counters as much as my recent adoptee, Edison.
Edison is just over a year old, so I understand that still warrants plenty of kitten behavior, but his habit of consistently hopping on countertops while my boyfriend and I are cooking is becoming both annoying and dangerous (we cook with lots of things not safe for kitty, like onions, garlic, and the like).
At first, we resisted the spray bottle. Our cats (Edison has a brother, Tesla) are so loving and adorable that we didn't want them to resent us in any way. We put double-sided tape on an entire length of countertop; it only mildly inconvenienced them. We rubbed citrus rinds on the counter; they sniffed it and went on exploring. We bought Nature's Repellent Cat Block spray; they don't mind it one bit. Then we gave into the spray bottle.
Tesla quickly learned that the spray bottle (combined with a forceful "down!") meant he had to get off the counter; now he USUALLY hangs around on the kitchen floor while we're cooking -- except on days he decides to be particularly curious. Edison, on the other hand, gives absolutely no f***s whatsoever. Absolutely none. If we spray him, he just shrinks against the counter and squints his eyes (which is so painfully adorable, by the way) until we stop (we usually can't handle it after a few sprays), and then just keeps on keeping on with whatever he was doing before.
Today, we dabbed a bit of Bitter Apple on the counter where he likes to jump, and he didn't like that. But like the other deterrents, it only mildly inconvenienced him; after a few minutes he didn't even notice the smell.
We mainly just pick the kitties up and put them down (while forcefully saying "down!" in hopes that they understand English) but this is quite tiresome, since after reaching the floor it typically only takes a few seconds for one or the other to climb back up. Counter, down, counter, down, wash, rinse, repeat. Ugh.
Does anyone have any tips (methods that we haven't thought of, perhaps?) for keeping kitties off the counter or turning us into more tolerant cat owners? Many thanks!
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