We all love our cats, but when they decide they want to investigate the kitchen table or the counters, it can be frustrating at the very least. Time and time again you shoo the cat off the counter, you pick them up off the kitchen table and toss them outsideâ€¦nothing seems to work!
Even though some people don’t mind their cat prancing around wherever they like, for the sake of cleanliness and health, it should not be allowed. If you have an outside cat, they are bringing in dirt and other outdoorsy particles on their paws. If your cat is solely an indoor pet, they will have litter residue on their paws that often contain chemicals and minerals that attract the cat to relieve themselves in their litter box. You do not want these chemicals on your kitchen counters or family dinner table! Another aspect about kitty litter that should not need mentioning is that the litter residue that clings to your pet’s paws very likely contains residue of cat elimination. No one wants that on any kitchen surface!
So, how do you keep your cat off the kitchen table or the kitchen counters? Here are three options that seem to work well in keeping the kitty away from kitchen counters:
The first option is to cover the surface. Many people choose to use a carpet runner that has little ridges on the underside. All you have to do is cut the carpet runner with scissors, and each time you are not using your table or countertops, place the runner upside-down on the surface. The texture is uncomfortable, yet completely safe for your cat. Once they hop up and feel the uneven texture on their paws, they may think twice before jumping up. Keep it there for a couple weeks and see if your kitty stops jumping on top. Once you feel your cat is uninterested in the countertops and table, go ahead and remove the carpet runner.
Another option for keeping the kitty away from kitchen surfaces is to sprinkle a dust of chili powder on the top of your table and countertops. This way, when you kitty jumps on top of the surface, they will get the powder on the bottom of their paws, and when they lick their paws, their kitty tongue will not like it! Don’t worry – chili powder is not harmful to cats, and they will not even ingest much of it at all. Though this alternative is somewhat messy, it works. Pretty quickly your kitty will become uninterested in jumping on the counter and table because they know what will happen to their paws. And because they can’t actually see the tops, they will not notice when the powder is gone.
The final option is to get a spray bottle with warm water inside of it. Each time your kitty jumps onto a surface you don’t allow them on, spray them with the water. Pretty soon, your cat will get the idea. When the see the bottle on the tabletop or on the counter, they will begin to think twice before jumping on up! Even if they do hop on top, as soon as you bring out the spray bottle, they will get down.
These were just a few options for keeping kitty off the tabletop and kitchen counters. Good luck with your kitty counter endeavors!