Does your cat keep getting on your counter? This is one habit our feline friends have that many of their humans could do without. After all, no one wants pet hair in their food! However, getting kitties to behave properly can be a bit tricky. We can help! Here, a Webster, NY vet discusses keeping Fluffy off the counters.
It isn’t always easy to train cats. Fluffy is known for doing what she wants. However, it’s much easier to teach a kitten good habits than to try and correct bad behavior in a grown-up furball. Set the no-counter rule from the start, and stick to it!
Don’t Reward Bad Petiquette
As anyone who has both cats and dogs can tell you, setting up separate feeding stations for Fido and Fluffy can be hard. Man’s Best Friend is an opportunist, and has zero qualms about chomping down his feline roommate’s meal. Many people choose to feed their kitties on the counters, just to keep their dogs from eating the cat food. Don’t do it! Ask your vet for advice on other options.
Make The Counter Boring
Kitties aren’t very good at resisting temptation. Don’t keep anything on the counter that your furball may be interested in. This includes plants, fish tanks, hard candies, treats, or anything small or shiny that Fluffy may want to play with.
Make sure to address Fluffy’s behavior every time she does it. If you reprimand your kitty one day, and then ignore her bad habit the next, you’ll have a hard time getting her to stop getting onto the counter.
There are things you can do to make the counter less appealing. Put tinfoil sheets on the counter may help: many cats don’t really like walking on foil. You can also try putting two-sided tape down. This will be inconvenient, but it may only take a few incidents for Fluffy to realize that the countertop isn’t really that great after all.
Annoy Your Cat
You should never punish Fluffy for misbehaving: this may just confuse or frighten her. However, annoying her can work wonders. When your furball jumps on the counter, make a loud noise or squirt her with water.
Please do not hesitate to contact us, your Webster, NY vet clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!