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Keeping kitty from jumping on countertops and tables

Up, up and away
Up, up and away
Karla Kirby

Let’s face it. Cats like to jump up on things and they are very able jumpers and agile at landing... When your cat jumps on places she/he’s not allowed to, kitty is more than likely not doing it to get on your nerves. Perhaps those forbidden spots happen to also be the most comfortable napping areas in the entire house. Felines enjoy the perspective of being above it all or the skill to see out a window. Instead of correcting your cat, furnish tall cat trees near windows and teach your feline where to jump. Work with your cat and training will be quite easy. .

Cats have sensitive paw pads and don’t like rough or sticky textures... Covering the spaces you don’t want them to jump on with something they would tend to avoid teaches them that leaping up there has a negative end result. Situate strips of double-sided tape or loops of tape on countertops or other hard surfaces. When a cat alights on it and touches the tape, chances are she/he’ll jump right down... Keep the clear tape firmly in place until kitty learns the spot is a kitty-don’t go zone and stops trying. Carpet protection plastic—spikes up-- and sandpaper also work.

Cats also despise raucous, sudden noises. Try stacking baking trays on an aberrant surface. They will clatter and send the cat running but won’t cause lasting emotional distress in the least... Motion-sensitive devices available at pet stores that have moving or snapping features when a cat jumps close by work just as well.

Remember pet stores carry a wide range of cat furniture ranging from short stools to ceiling-high towers. Besides offering an outlet for climbing, a piece of cat furniture furnishes your sweet feline with something to keep her/his mind active. Satisfactory beds, toys, treats, and playtime keep kitty contented and distracted, allowing less time for her/him to get bored and leap on top of countertops, dressers, mantelpieces or bookcases