Cats naturally as we all know are climbers, they love high places and exploring, they are agile and seek out high places to keep watch on their territory.
However, this instinctive trait becomes difficult around kitchen countertops. These can be quite dangerous areas with knives, food, stovetops, hotplates and hot items. Plus, we’d like to avoid cat fur in our food.
From here, it needs to be recognised that alternative climbing places need to be made more attractive to your cat. Plus, making the countertop less desirable to your cat.
Here are some of Petpalns tips:
Cat Tree – if you provide your cat with an extensive and high cat tree nearby it is likely that they will enjoy that more than the counter. With the ability to play, scratch and obviously perch themselves, it provides much more entertainment.
Agreed Position – sometimes your cat just wants to be around you and watch you. If there is somewhere else where you can suggest your cat to sit such as a stool or a chair nearby, the both of you will be happy.
Deterrents – Along with providing alternatives, you also have to make the counter less appealing. A range of options exist, yet some are more extreme than others. The simplest is regular cleaning of the area, so that there is minimal smell coming from that space. Otherwise, a repellent can be made, of which there are many natural recipes found online. Light disciplinary action can be made with a clap of hands along with a stern voice, if your cat fails to move away pick them up and move them but with little interaction with them.
If this behaviour continues, other homemade options include:
Coins in a coke – Place some coins in some cans of soft drink and put it close to the edge of the benchtop. As your cat jumps, the can should fall off causing a startling loud noise and resulting in your cat running off.
Baking paper – Place some baking paper over the edge of the counter, so that when your cat tries to jump up she will have an unsteady grip due to the paper, and likely to be scared off from the counter.
There are some aids you can buy from pet shops designed to help with this kind of issue. There is a tape available that sticks to your cats paws, obviously uncomfortable and annoying. Some specific placemats have bumps or spikes which again are irritating to cats.
It is all about helping your cat to understand that this area is off-limits and must be avoided.