The Best Ways to Keep Your Cat Off of the Countertops

Oh no! Right on the cutting board!!
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house. It is where all of the food is being prepared. You know, the food that gives you fuel, and the food that keeps you healthy. There is nothing worse than having a cat climb all over the kitchen countertops where this food is being prepared.

Luckily, there are a few things that cat owners can do to deter a cat's persistent desire to climb the counters. Some of the best ways include:
Place Deterrents on the Counter
Many people have reported that this was the most successful strategy in keeping their cat off of the counter tops. Of course, there are a number of ways to go with this one. One way to go is placing light baking sheets on the countertop. When the cat hears the rough, crackling sound, they will become frightened and immediately jump off.

Getting an elevated scratching post will help keep your cat happy and off of the counters.
Another strategy is to use double sided tape. The sticky feeling that will attach to your cat's paws will drive him wild. Obviously, you won't want to put this tape directly on the countertop, so use an old piece of cardboard to place the tape on. After about two weeks of discouragement, you will most likely be able to leave the cardboard off of the counter.

Discipline Your Cat
Whenever your cat jumps on the countertops in front of you, it's important to give discipline and teach him that it is not right. The best ways to discipline a cat include:

  • Change your tone of voice- Cats are very sensitive creatures, and they can sense when you are angry with them just by the tone of your voice. Hopefully, it won't have to come to a yell, but it may have to.
  • Be consistent- If you want your cat to break his counter hopping habit, you have to stay on top of him consistently. Otherwise, you are sending mixed messages.
  • Isolation- Ignoring your cat or sending him to a timeout zone (possibly the bathroom) for a few minutes will help to teach him that certain behaviors are unacceptable.

Provide Alternative Hangouts
If your cat is jumping on the countertops, it may mean that he doesn't have enough places to hang out. An easy solution to this: provide him with a new post to hang out at. Remember, cats love to be in elevated positions because this helps facilitate their predatory instincts, so providing an elevated place would be best.

Use SssCat
Because of the overwhelming kitty/countertop problem, PetSafe built a specific tool to help: Ssscat. Ssscat is a motion activated spray that can be placed anywhere in the house. The spray is gentle, but will frighten a cat and teach him that certain areas are off limits. Ssscat has a 3 foot spraying range and its deterrent is scentless so you don't have to worry about your cat smelling funky. All of these methods are aimed at helping you to keep your house clean and sanitary, while making sure you and your cat a great relationship. Enjoy!

By: Tim Snyder
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