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To think cats swanning about on work surface/table is gross?

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Fluffy24 Mon 03-Aug-15 18:45:55

One minute it's in the litter box and the next it's on the kitchen table. Urgh.

But surprises me how many people I know who think it's fine.

Is it just me?

Buttercup27 Mon 03-Aug-15 18:47:36

Not just you but you can't exactly stop them
Just hope people clean their surfaced before they make food

JacD0 Mon 03-Aug-15 18:48:36

I fuckin hate cats though grin

Sparklingbrook Mon 03-Aug-15 18:49:57

I love cats. My cat is not allowed in the kitchen. She doesn't mind. I don't know anyone who allows their cat to go on the kitchen worktops/table though.

perplexedpirate Mon 03-Aug-15 18:50:04

There are two ways to keep cats off your worktops; either don't have cats or don't have worktops.
I agree it's a bit grim though, I use a lot of anti bac spray.

CassieBearRawr Mon 03-Aug-15 18:51:18

YANBU. My friend used to het let her cat lick the kitchen taps where there was a drip hmm

pasturesgreen Mon 03-Aug-15 18:51:21

Cat owner here.

Yep, perfectly all right. It's no use trying to prevent the cat from getting on kitchen surfaces/bed/dining table anyway. He'll go there whether you like it not, it's not a dog that can be trained, nor would I want to.

You just have to keep on top of your cleaning, but that you'd do anyway I suppose!

BeautifulBatman Mon 03-Aug-15 18:51:42

It's not great - I have 5 cats and an open plan downstairs to my house so I can't lock them out of the kitchen. I just spray down the kitchen sides with antibacterial dettol spray before I use them. It only takes a minute and I haven't got sick so far in 20 years of cat serving.....

ahbollocks Mon 03-Aug-15 18:52:15

No litter box here. Mine is allowed on the table but not worktops because I don't want him to get burnt. I anti back before we eat so don't see the issue to be honest smile

NotReallyAPrincess Mon 03-Aug-15 18:52:30

Yes, everything gets wiped down multiple times a day. Things like chopping boards are always kept in cupboards.

It is gross, but the cats came with the DP & I rather like him...

usualsuspect333 Mon 03-Aug-15 18:53:37

I've tell my cat to stop walking on the work surface to get to the kitchen windowsill, but he just ignores me.

MizK Mon 03-Aug-15 18:54:45

It is gross. Not just bacteria but detritus like hairs etc.
My cat always tries to get on them. I used to spray him with water when he did it so now just a menacing shake of the water spray reminds him.
Cats at least prompt their owners to keep on top of cleaning the surfaces regularly I suppose.

Fluffy24 Mon 03-Aug-15 18:55:49

Where do we stand on allowing cat to walk up and down the table when you have guests eating?

DawnOfTheDoggers Mon 03-Aug-15 18:57:09

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

IHaveBrilloHair Mon 03-Aug-15 18:57:09

My cats go wherever they like, I clean before preparing food.

WhoNickedMyName Mon 03-Aug-15 18:57:11

Can't stop my cat, I lift him down whenever I catch him though, and wipe the worktops numerous times throughout the day.

I got locked out last week and the cat placed himself on the worktop in front of the kitchen window and proceeded to spend a good 20 minutes licking his balls and arse, occasionally throwing me a look of contempt/satisfaction as I banged on the window.

MagpieCursedTea Mon 03-Aug-15 18:57:25

My cats are surprisingly good about this, they never go up on the kitchen worktops. They rarely climb on the table and if they do, they're quick to jump down with a stern look.
They do however sleep on our beds and sit on our furniture. I know when to pick my cat battles grin

Fluffy24 Mon 03-Aug-15 18:57:46

Or feeding the cat on work surfaces?

thecatneuterer Mon 03-Aug-15 18:58:02

I'm guessing you don't want to come to eat at my house then grin.

My kitchen surfaces have been covered in cats for years and it's never done me any harm.

Onedayinthesun Mon 03-Aug-15 18:58:05

Yes OP, most gross!!! confused Have always thought this, you are not alone or unreasonable!

Sparklingbrook Mon 03-Aug-15 18:58:53

No to feeding the cat on work surfaces or letting it on the dining table.

Donnakim Mon 03-Aug-15 18:59:12

Not an issue with mine Fluffy, but she will sit in an empty chair looking as though she should have her own place setting. That unsettles people quite a bit!

RJnomore Mon 03-Aug-15 19:01:47

BOAK. YANBU. Having read this thread I will never eat anything in a cat owners home ever again.

NotReallyAPrincess Mon 03-Aug-15 19:02:20

Where do we stand on allowing cat to walk up and down the table when you have guests eating?

Depends on the guests! Ours have learned that they'll get in trouble if on the table when people are eating. Did it a lot when they were kittens but not so much now.

BeautifulBatman Mon 03-Aug-15 19:02:44

Fluffy not with guests.... But when it's just me and DH blush

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