|Purred: Sun Dec 5, '10 10:37am PST |
Here's a quick summary of ideas:
foil (which was what i used when Tissue and Sparks decided they wanted to counter surf), tape some foil onto counter ledge so that when they jump they'll hear the crinkling and they don't like that
those aluminum trays like the disposable ones and fill them with water, kitty jumps on counter gets wet freaks out
You can also do strips of double sided tape, or make it yourself as i've heard that the actual double sided stuff can be hard to get off. With this make sure you do a couple of rows or they might just learn how to avoid it
You can also do a spray bottle at their face but they might associate that with you being in the kitchen and come back when you're gone
You can also bang some pots and pans but once again they'll come back when you're not there
If you have the finances, there's also motion detectors compressed air sprays and also motion detecting loud noise making types.
Also if you think about why your cat wants to counter surf you might be able to eliminate the behavior. For mine it was the food on the counter at first but then it was just that it was the highest place they could get to in the house. When they got a cat tree (6 ft and not because of the behavior), they started using that instead and the surfing behavior stopped.
If you think it might be food and he still comes even when the food is gone you could use an citrus based cleaner which some cats don't like but others aren't bothered.
If its a height factor then maybe you could find him a higher place? You don't have to spend money on a kitty condo though I think its a very good investment. You can make one yourself or make or purchase kitty stairs or a ladder.
Well thats all I can think of at the moment. Ours don't counter surf anymore but I just don't have the energy to keep them off the dining table, made thanksgiving very interesting for our guests.
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