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Old December 27th, 2010, 10:53 PM
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Help! kitten wont stay off table..

Need help , i also have another post my kitten is 16 weeks old, and has decided that he needs to jump on our kitchen table, people say just to spray him but he likes water... i know odd but he really does.. and theres nothing on the table and its clean so i dont understand why or how to make him stop doing it? any ideas?
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Old December 27th, 2010, 11:15 PM
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Does it really matter if he's on the table? I personally let my cats go on the table (it loses it's appeal after a while if they never find anything interesting on it), but if you're dead set against it, then you have to make it an undesirable place to go. Put sticky tape or aluminum pie plates or tinfoil on it while you aren't using it, or get something called Sscat, which is a motion-detecting device that emits a blast of canned air when anyone goes in it's range. Also make sure you cat has other high places he can go instead. Cats love to be up off the ground, so if his only option is the table, he's going to keep going up there. Get a tall cat condo or a space on a bookshelf for him, or some window perches.
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Old December 28th, 2010, 12:02 AM
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Probably not much help on this one. I feed my boys on the table, so the dog doesn`t eat their food!

He does need somewhere he can go up high. Window perches are a great idea. The only place my boys and girl aren`t allowed to go is outside! Oh and the stove is pretty much off limits too. I know they get on the counters but oh well, they`re cats. The dog doesn`t get up there so that`s the only thing I worry about!
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Old December 28th, 2010, 07:22 AM
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My cats certainly know they are not allowed up on the table or the counter, so when they hear me or DH coming they jump down as quickly as possible because they know it is too late for us to do anything about it .

What I have done to work around what they are going to do regardless of what we want because cats are height animals, is not to put any food directly on the counter or table. It is aways on a cutting board or plate .
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Old December 28th, 2010, 08:00 AM
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If kitties being on the table bother you then I guess you wouldn't like my home. When I come downstairs in the morning I normally never have less than five of them lined up on it watching me and waiting for their morning treats. Once that bag comes out two more will join in. I don't see the huge deal about it. I clean my table well if I have company coming for a meal. They know if there is a tablecloth on it they stay down. No biggie.
I'n not a huge fan of the spraying with water. Most of mine just look at me as if to say Whaaa?? Most times for me if I want one of mine to stop doing what they are doing a sharp clap works just as well.
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Old December 28th, 2010, 08:44 AM
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What worked for me was an all mighty whack with my big wooden spoon. On the table, silly, not the kitten. Startles the living daylights out of them. Also broke two spoons.

I find as their muscle strength increases it's usual for them to want to explore areas they couldn't previously reach and there is a spate of table and counter jumping.

Spoon whacking works surprisingly well, even in my absence, though I do sometimes hear a suspicious thump as someone jumps down from a forbidden surface. Then I use cirus potpourri and orange peels. Most cats don't like citrus so bowls of it spread out where he is not to go might work to keep him away. It works for me and smells nice too.

Yeah, lots of kittens like water.
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