Does anyone here who has cats, know how to train a kitten to not jump on tabletops?
We have had cats in the past, but it has been so long since we have had a kitten, and I cannot remember how we trained the kittens to not jump up on tabletops. If you have any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate them. Thanks for answering!
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Seriously though Faith, things like strong peppers or spices left out will deter them.Also spraying water, or placing something sticky on the spot where he/she is likely to jump onto, like tape; aluminium kitchen foil, their paws hate the feel of.
Thanks Romeos, hmmm, interesting suggestions. I do know of certain sprays to spray on furniture and plants to deter from scratching, just do not know about the jumping on top of tables part. Appreciate the answer.
You could try spraying them with a water bottle to help deter them from getting on your table.
Aluminum foil. Just line the counters with it. Cats hate the sound of it.
Coat them with baby oil, Faith! There will be no second time!
Cats are a bad influence. I came home from shopping one day to find the cat sat on the dining room table looking out of the window and beside him was sat the 3 month old pup. I was mad but they looked so cute
The foil works that is what i used.
I also trained them to come for food with a bell, that got them out of all sorts of scrapes. When we had the floorboards up the workman expected to be there for hours while we coaxed the curious cats out again but the bell brought them out in a flash. A handy trick
Oh, for goodness sake! Smack em! Lightly but suddenly. They'll stop and it's not cruel. It's effective. I've had cats all my life and in spite of what y'all might think, they all loved me.
You scold them and/or swat them. I have never allowed cats on tabletops or counters and I cannot tell you the cats I have had, even I can't remember, lol. Now if they are an inside/outside cat and you have a table in front of a window, that is human...well...cat nature; so just move that table if you don't want them on it but they know what they are allowed or not allowed. My old Lily was probably over 100 in ppl years and she knew the rules up to the end. I always had crochet around my cats and if I allowed them up on a sofa near me with crochet they knew not to stick claws in. I had this one blue cat that loved a big Afghan I had cross the back of a sofa and she would get on it and push those paws deep in that afghan and never let out a claw. I just loved her. Animals are like kids, they know we love them even when we scold them.
Hi Jackie, yes, I am trying to remember just how we did prevent our cats from long ago from doing such. Yes, they are just like children and have to know their boundaries from the get go! I appreciate you sharing of all of your cat tales, so cute ..
They are an annoyance, and it's even worse when they're fully grown / adult and you're incapable of training them. It's very easy for cats to get into that habit, especially if there's a window ledge they can sit on to look outside. I've never tried the tin foil one but it seems like a very good method, and baby oil is a great idea to scare them, but be sure not to injure or traumatise them - kittens are easily impressionable and things stick at an early age.
I gently scolded my cat and he learned not to get on the counters. Although, I was working during the day and I would venture to say that he probably got up there some days. I always cleaned the counters prior to cooking just as a precaution. Also, I love the foil idea. It is true that cats are very picky about touchinc things with their paws. It may work.
Hi teaches, I guess we have to scold them just like children to not do certain things. I tried the foil trick, and it did scare him off initially just because of the rattling noise, but once it was on the table, he just would get right on top of it!
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