Any idea how to keep my kitten off of the kitchen counter? She runs when you see her. When I catch her I do spank her. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Cats can be discouraged from surfing the kitchen counters by using double sided tape applied in strips along the counter top. Hardware stores and home centers carry plastic carpet runners with "teeth" on the back. Buy a piece long enough to cover the counter top placing it "teeth" side up. The tape and the runner work because cats don't like the feel on their feet. Empty soda cans, with or without coins inside, deter cats by making a racket when they fall. During Halloween, look for motion activated toys that scream or flash lights. Some you can even record your own voice. Use any of these or a combination for a week or so, depending on how long your cat has had the habit. In the future, you may have to use one again for a day or two as a reminder. Hitting a cat only teaches fear and squirting only works when you are there.
Hitting will Not help.Squirt her with water.
This also works when animals are fighting.We call it Dampening their enthusiasm.Of course don't spray near anything electrical or when they might fall off a roof.
Cats do NOT like anything on their paws. We had the same problem with our country cat. We used double-sided tape taped to poster board & laid it out on the counters or wherever we found her fur. After about 10-14 days she finally realized that the places with the tape were out of bounds, so she stayed on the floor.
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