pasturesgreen · 03/08/2015 18:51
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 · 03/08/2015 18:51
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.....
MizK · 03/08/2015 18:54
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.
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WhoNickedMyName · 03/08/2015 18:57
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 · 03/08/2015 18:57
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
NotReallyAPrincess · 03/08/2015 19:02
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.
tabulahrasa · 03/08/2015 19:02
I feed mine on a table...but it's only used for feeding the cats and piling up random stuff on, not humans eating.
Worktops...they don't go on when they know I'm looking, but that's as far as I've manage to get with cat training.
So I just make sure I always wipe them down before I use them in case a cat has been there.
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