Keeping Cat Off Furniture?

How do you keep a cat from getting up on counter, furniture such as a desk, chest of drawers, dresser, nightstand, kitchen table, etc.? And she knows it's not okay because everytime I see her, it's trouble. I think she does it to get attention. She's gonna get more than any attention if it doesn't stop, because I am and have been fed up with it! Any advice to "save her"?


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February 5, 20170 found this helpful

A spray bottle of water works very well, but you have to do it each and every time, or it becomes a game for them.

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February 6, 20170 found this helpful

This came from wiki-how. Cover furniture with aluminum foil. ...
Place double-sided tape across the surface of furniture. ...
Spray white vinegar on furniture favored by your cat. ...
Cover furniture with plastic. ...
Place a carpet runner made with rubber or plastic upside down on your furniture. ...
Treat furniture with commercial pet repellent spray.

You can also invest in a cat scratching post.

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February 6, 20170 found this helpful

Many cats like to be high up. Put up a special sturdy shelf for your cat.

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February 6, 20171 found this helpful

You may want to consider finding a new home for your cat. Cats dont do things just to "get your attention". That is a human behavior. Cats (especially if they are indoor cats) need to get up high to feel comfortable. That can be done with cat trees, window perches or wall shelves mounted for them to climb on.


If you dont enrich your environment to give them an outlet for their natural activities, they will jump up on the furniture to meet these needs. If your cat can be outside part of the day that usually meets those needs. But an indoor cat needs some support. She is just trying to be a cat, not annoy you.

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February 8, 20170 found this helpful

This is what cats do.
They like to be up high.
Some owners install carpeted shelves specifically for their cat. If you live in a rental this won't work, though.
Generally speaking, don't have anything on dressers or the very top of furniture. At least nothing breakable. Use a wipeable tablecloth. Contain desk items in organizers meant for desk accessories so they don't end up on the floor.


If this seems incompatible with your lifestyle, a cat is not for you.

I live in a one bedroom apartment. I personally cleaned out the cupboard over my fridge and put a blanket in there. My cat goes up there to sleep or watch me cook. She also has a blanket next to my computer monitor on my desk so she can be next to me while I'm using the computer. She has a small cat tree in the living room next to the window and one in the bedroom.

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February 9, 20170 found this helpful

definitely you can make life eaiser for yourself and your cat by creating high shelves and other high places for her to perch. All cats by nature are given to perching, but some more than others.

YOu should visit Jackson Galaxy's site and learn how to 'catify' your living space. YOu can get very elaborate, or simply install some high=up shelving next to a cat tree for her to climb. I guarantee you if you do that small thing you will never had this issue again.

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February 13, 20170 found this helpful

The other answers are great. To underline the fact that cats like to jump and like high places, so we need to adapt our lives to their desires (if we want a happy, healthy cat) a story follows. One of my homeopathic veterinary colleagues had 2 young cats who were very healthy and therefore super energetic. When I visited one wonderfully snowy winter I saw these two shelves on the wall of her cathedral ceiling living room that were at least 7 feet high - and they were empty. I asked if she was getting ready to renovate and she roared with laughter.


Her cats would leap 7 feet to whack items off the shelves. So she just kept them empty.

My best suggestion is for you to begin to read all the cat behavior books around, especially those written by animal communicators and by people doing clicker training. With great patience you can use clicker training (you may need to consult an expert).

Another approach is to talk with an animal intuitive/communicator - has referral list, or go to the links page of

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