How I trained “THE” Feisty Feline to stay off counters.
I trained “THE” Feisty Feline by placing this Scat spray on the kitchen counters when I left the home when she was a kitten from hell.
Here are some tips on how to deter your cats off of kitchen counters:
- Cover your counters with foil, plastic carpet runners, or double-sided tape. Cats don't like the feel of these materials under their paws, so they'll be less likely to jump up.
- Make noise and startling sounds when your cat jumps on the counter. You can clap your hands, shake a can of coins, or use a spray bottle filled with water. This will startle your cat and make them less likely to do it again.
- Use various scents to deter your cat. Cats don't like the smell of citrus, peppermint, or lavender. You can put these scents on your counters or use essential oils in a diffuser.
- Keep food stored away. If there's no food on the counters, your cat will be less likely to jump up.
- Fix any leaks in your faucet. Cats are attracted to running water, so if there's a leak on your countertop, it's like a beacon to them.
- Move chairs away from the counters. Cats often use chairs as stepping stones to get onto the counters. If you move the chairs away, they'll have a harder time getting up there.
- Block sun rays. Cats like to sun themselves, and if there's a sunny spot on your countertop, they're more likely to jump up there. Block the sun rays with a curtain or blinds.
- Build or purchase an entertaining cat tower. If your cat has plenty of other places to climb and play, they'll be less likely to bother with the counters.
- Try positive reinforcement. When your cat stays off the counters, give them a treat or some praise. This will help them learn that staying off the counters is a good thing.
- Avoid negative reinforcement techniques. Yelling at your cat or spraying them with water will only make them afraid of you. This will make them less likely to want to be around you, and it won't actually stop them from jumping on the counters.
It's important to be patient and consistent with these methods. It may take some time for your cat to learn that they're not allowed on the counters. But if you stick with it, they'll eventually get the message.