One of the many things your feline friend loves to do is climb, climb, climb. It’s just what cats do. And as much as you love them though, you can’t help but wish they don’t climb on certain things- your beloved kitchen counter being one of them. After all, who wants cat fur getting on their meals and dishes?
Well, you don’t have to worry! Here are some useful tips on how to keep your cat off of your kitchen counter:
Use a pet repellent
A pet repellent is proven and tested the best way to get your cat off of surfaces and keep it that way. These work whether or not you are in the room, and works consistently too!
There are different types of pet repellent, which all work a bit differently. The best ones are:
- Motion activated, which releases a burst of air whenever it detects motion. It works in surprising and scaring cats into approaching, without being harmful and toxic to them.
- Sticky tape is another way to deter cats from surfaces, because they hate stepping on anything that is mildly sticky (I mean, who does?). The downside is you really can’t cover the entire kitchen counter with tape so you’ll have to be vigilant which areas your pet loves jumping on. An alternative would be foil, as the sound of their feet landing on them is irritating (again, so is the case for us humans).
- Citrus, whether fresh fruits in a bowl, peelings, or citrus sprays, all work great in shooing cats away, as they hate the scent.
Train your cat
A considerably more time consuming but way more effective solution is to train your cat. You can either distract them with toys and kibbles or play with them when you see them trying to approach your kitchen counter, or better yet, use a clicker to let your cat know that a reward is coming up.
Yes, we said it- reward your cats for good behavior. They will learn what to do and what not to do, and it will develop a better bond between pet and owner, unlike, say, screaming at them.
Give your cat somewhere else to go
Cats won’t keep going to places where there is nothing of interest, like food or water or anything they can eat or play with. Don’t leave these things on display, and eventually they will get bored with trying to climb up the kitchen counter.
And, while you are on that, provide your pet with another place to hangout- it can be a cat tree, a shelf, a ledge, a perch, or whatever your cat seems to prefer. Place it in the kitchen so your cat still has a place to chill and play while you cook delicious meals.
Have other tips you think can work? Comment them below!