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Cat wont stay off the work surfaces

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middleeasternpromise Tue 22-Jan-13 01:06:54

Have told the little fecklet to get the fack off including all the noises etc and other training mechanisms. However sure the little - darling - knows what hes doing as late at night (sure its a wind up) esp when he dont get what he wants aka attention - he wanders off and I hear his back legs on the lower doors late at night and hes walking on the butchers block followed by a quite but almost certain acrobatic dismount (paws have a certain noise - little ferker). Is it ok to ramp it up and start chopping meat near the little ones pawlets or AIBU?

thecatneuterer Sat 09-Feb-13 19:35:29

My (20) cats walk all over all surfaces and it's never done me any harm. When I want to prepare food I just clean the bit of the worktop I'm going to be using (or not as the mood takes me). I really wouldn't worry about it.

ratflavouredjelly Sun 03-Feb-13 23:10:36

Reading thread with interest. i have a Bengal kitten and am amazed at how she ignores stern 'no's' and we have to throw her off kitchen worksurfaces and table constantly.

Am trying masking tape tonight

cozietoesie Wed 23-Jan-13 00:39:50


If I had to advise, I'd say - Say NO, then if he jumped up, bat him off the surface. Then pick 'im up and throw put him out of the kitchen (saying NO) and just ignore any plaintive cries while keeping the door closed.

Repeat as needed. They learn fast. (You're not excluding your boy cat. Do that thing and be real tough about it.)

You need to use the 'exclusion' rule. If he wants in, he obeys the House Rules. If not, he goes out in the hall.

You have to really mean it though.

cozietoesie Wed 23-Jan-13 00:19:45

PS - It worked for The Lodger as well. (More or less.) I think that confidence/certainty is the key. If you say NO that's one thing. But many of the people I've known have said No in a ' No you bad boy, mummy loves you, naughty boy kiss, kiss what are you doing now ?' sort of way.

cozietoesie Wed 23-Jan-13 00:10:42


Ordinary germs don't worry me. (In the household I was brought up in they were darned near obligatory!) I 'sort of' toe the line on raw meat and that's about it.

How I teach them? I guess I don't really know. You have to remember that I've mostly lived with Siamese (got my first one for my 9th birthday) and they're as easy to train as a sweet pea. They want their 'person' to love them and if there's any hint of ......disfavour..... they'll go the whole extra mile to make up for it.

In my (long) experience, all you have to do with Siamese is say 'NO' - and (*importantly*) mean it. It's good not to have too many House Rules (I only have about 3) so that they don't get discombobulated but you have to enforce them quite rigidly.

FreckledLeopard Tue 22-Jan-13 23:51:56

My two girl cats obey the no kitchen work top rule. My boy cat totally ignores it. I hiss, clap hands, flick water, turf him off every time, yet he still goes there. This evening he even jumped on top of the kitchen cabinets and peered down from us from up by the ceiling.

If any of you can tell me how to stop him then you're miracle-workers!

Purplemonster Tue 22-Jan-13 23:43:23

This is why antibacterial spray was invented.

catkitson Tue 22-Jan-13 23:33:45

smile If Im cooking, then the dcats sit up on the breakfast bar and watch me. Any little paw that gets gingerly put down if im chopping or have the hob on etc, gets put back. Now they are mostly content to watch from a safe distance. Since they do go everywhere, I make sure I put everything away, surfaces are all clean, and the gas rings are locked. I kiss them, stroke them, they sleep with me and so on, so I figure a paw on a surface which will be disinfected and wiped is no different to a paw on the shredded sofa. Ive never had much luck teaching my cats to do anything other than use a litterbox, Im impressed, Cosie!

Ive always wanted a siamese of the old fashioned, chunkier type, but was worried they would be too noisy. My ragdolls, however, chatter, miaow throught the night, chirrup and provide 24 hour commentary, so I figure it would make no difference!

2kidsintow Tue 22-Jan-13 23:28:28

My cat goes everywhere in the house - but NOT the kitchen worksurfaces. I can't remember what we did that discouraged him. I do remember just pushing him off with a stern "No" everytime he tried as a kitten - and we may have left the sides booby trapped with a few things that made it difficult for him to jump up (but didn't make for a tidy kitchen!)
We also got some 'stay away' spray and sprayed some on a piece of kitchen roll and left that on the bits where he would most try and jump up.

cozietoesie Tue 22-Jan-13 23:25:03

And if you ask me how you train a Siamese?

By love.


cozietoesie Tue 22-Jan-13 23:22:10

I'm not representative, Panda, because I've long had Siamese who can be trained quickly and easily. I'm talking 10 minutes or the second occasion here.

The Lodger (who is not Siamese) obeys the House Rules when here but occasionally forgets himself in hot pursuit. If so, he is reminded. Firmly.

I'm not big on house rules but those few that I have are there to be obeyed.

VivaLeBeaver Tue 22-Jan-13 23:15:31

Masking tape.

Big long lengths, sticky side up. Fold the ends over to stick on the work tops. Big long strips all over.

Put them on in the evening. Keep on for as long as you can during the day. My cats get the message after a few days, then after a few months of keeping on the floor we have to start again.

PandaNot Tue 22-Jan-13 23:13:23

Cozietoesie, how have you trained your cats, because mine seem to have seperate rules for when I'm with them and when I'm not!

cozietoesie Tue 22-Jan-13 23:12:52

I feel ashamed every time I use an anti-bacterial spray. (I do have one under the kitchen sink.)

You don't need it for cats, Vicar. (Trying hard not to AIBU here.)

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 22-Jan-13 23:10:07

Me too, cozie. I know where my cat and my 3yo DS have been... and DS is def the one to wash hands after touching!
I am probably a slattern though.

Cats, broadly speaking, find safety in height. So they will often sleep high up, if they can. OP, is their bed in the kitchen?

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 22-Jan-13 23:09:31

cats get everywhere - they dont understand signs...grin

just wipe your surfaces down with antibacterial spray - mine are, im ashamed to say, fed on a lesser used work top due to a greedy dog.

they are 7. and we are still here, no one died yet. i have a very clean kitchen...and lots of antibacterial spray!

its just a fact that if you have cats they will jump on tables, chairs, work tops, beds, stairs, washing baskets, window sills....

cozietoesie Tue 22-Jan-13 23:04:34

Goodness. I confess to touching my cat and then preparing food all the time. He's wormed and flea'd regularly so I have no concerns on that score. I'd rather touch him than some of the family youngsters to be honest. (They go to some rather louche parties of an evening.)

FlouncingMintyy Tue 22-Jan-13 22:58:47

Citrus peel?

I think its perfectly sane to be able to tolerate cats on your furniture but not on your kitchen surfaces. And, no, I never touch my cat and then preprare food. This is because I never prepare food without washing my hands first. Its quite straightforward.

Wolfiefan Tue 22-Jan-13 22:58:18

Squirt water at offending puss?
I'm afraid I swiped mine off once.
My grandma swore by putting washing up liquid of surfaces so they'd slide off!!

cozietoesie Tue 22-Jan-13 22:53:37


I've always insisted upon 'no surfaces' as a matter of safety. Kitchens are dangerous places. Electric hobs stay hot even when switched off and could fry unsuspecting paws. Knives and sharp/glassy things abound. Small patches of oil/water/vegetable or fruit debris..... (awaiting clearance) could spoil a jump and mean that the cat could skid off and break its back.)

Even some of the things you use as implements (shredders, liquidizers, beaters.....etc etc) may be fine if you're in control of the process but could the same be said if a four-legged leapt on you in the middle of it?

Just imagine if you had a two year old in the kitchen - but a two year old who could leap four feet and land on you while you're in the middle of something. (Because that's what a cat who isn't surface trained might do.)

My cats sleep with me and live with me everywhere (too darned much everywhere sometimes!) but they're trained not to go on surfaces. That's a house rule.

And in the cozie household, 'You do not mess with the House Rules'.

(Apologies to Jack Reacher)


middleeasternpromise Tue 22-Jan-13 19:39:58

Thing is theres nothing on the work surfaces he just seems to want to walk there - because he can - he knows its a no go because he jumps down when he seems me coming. He has also learnt to open the kitchen door - hes a clever little kit kat.

OwlCatMouse Tue 22-Jan-13 16:39:27

There's a really really easy way to avoid 'cat particles'


Paiviaso Tue 22-Jan-13 16:21:57

I bet you touch the furniture (or the cat itself) and then touch your face, bite your nails, eat something without washing your hands. There is no escaping ingesting "cat" particles grin

OwlCatMouse Tue 22-Jan-13 15:58:27

I don't prepare food on my lap! grin

HeathRobinson Tue 22-Jan-13 13:42:28

Keep the door to the kitchen shut?

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