Counter tops are not good places for cats. Although a lot of pet owners think that their kitties look super cute when they’re exploring various counter tops, it generally isn’t a good idea to let them do so. There are a few reasons for this. First off, counter tops can actually be fairly dangerous places for felines. Think about all the potential hazards that exist in your kitchen. Counter tops are often very close to the hot elements found on top of stoves. These elements can burn your cat’s paws, causing permanent damage. Knives are another thing that don’t agree with cat’s paws. Even if you keep your kitchen spotless, there are still invisible hazards like cleaning products and bleach. Cat’s tend to sniff and lick various surfaces just for the heck of it. The last thing you want to do is let your cat ingest some kind of a toxic substance.
In order to discourage our pets from climbing up on to the counter, we need to understand why they like doing so. This really isn’t that hard to figure out. First and foremost, there is the potential for food on counter tops! Naturally, any animal is going to want a little piece of cheese or sausage. It’s possible that your cat is just hungry for a little treat of some kind. Another thing most cats can’t resist is running water. These smart little guys are quick to pick up on the fact that sinks are basically just fresh water fountains. Cats also have a natural inclination to climb. This is why outside cats are constantly getting stuck up trees and on the roofs of houses. It’s not uncommon for indoor cats to actually make their way on to the top of a fridge either. Being on the counter also gives your pet the chance to look you, it’s loving owner, in the eye. I think kitties get sick of rubbing up against our legs all day long. The want some face time!
So how can we keep our cats off the counter? Well, the way I see it, this is really a two part method. First off, you have to discourage your cat from doing so. Secondly, you need to give him or her something else to climb!
How To Discourage Your Cat From Jumping On To The Counter
The best way to do this involves the use of some kind of a noise. Cats don’t like loud noises and you can use this to your advantage. A lot of people recommend using a tin can filled with coins. Others prefer to make the noise with their mouth. I find that a loud “PSSSSSSST!!” sound will usually do the trick. The type of noise that you use doesn’t really matter. What is important is the timing. You have to watch your cat carefully. When he looks like he’s about to pounce up on to the counter or table, make the noise. If you’ve timed it right, your cat will be startled and not jump. Continue with this routine. It won’t be long before your little buddy learns his lesson.
You could also try placing tape on to the counter top. This tape isn’t meant to hurt your cat. It merely annoys them – hopefully to the point that they leave the counter. The problem with this method is you end up with double sided tape all over your counter top! This isn’t really convenient if you plan on having people over…
How To Encourage Your Cat To Climb Something Else
Keeping a cat off the counter is about more than just discipline though. Your cat wants to climb and you shouldn’t discourage this behavior all together. It is, after all, in their blood. This is why it’s important that you give your pet something else to climb. The best way to do this is to offer your kitty a cat tree. These cat towers are great and most felines take to them quite quickly. In order to make sure your kitty prefers his new condo to the counter top, hide some treats at the top of the tower. You may even want to make your own cat tower!
Apply these basic strategies and it won’t be long before your counters are kitten free!