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How do I get my cat to stop climbing on counters and tables?

How to Stop a Cat From Clmbing On Counters & Tables

It may be an adorable sight to see your kitty climbing and playing on the counters and tables, but it can be a nuisance. Here are some tips to help keep cats off the counters and tables:

Provide Appropriate Alternatives

Making sure your kitty has plenty of things to do and plenty of places to play, explore, and climb will make all the difference. Place some cat trees and scratching posts around your home for your cat to enjoy. Make sure to provide areas for play and rest that are up high, such as a window perch or cat hammock.

Discourage Climbing Activity

If your kitty is already accustomed to being on the counters, it’s important to discourage the activity. Try the following:

  • Covering surfaces: Covering the countertop with plastic covering or aluminum foil is one option. This often has a deterrent effect since cats don’t like the feel of it under their feet.
  • Providing a distraction: When the cat starts to climb the counter, distract her with some interactive playtime or a treat.
  • Using a deterrent: If the previous tips don’t work, you may have to try a deterrent spray, such as a citrus-scented spray or a water spray.

Consistency is Key

The key to getting your kitty to stop climbing on the counters and tables is to be consistent. Don’t give in to the temptation to give in, even if your kitty is giving you the cutest little meow. If she knows you will give in eventually, she will keep trying.

With patience and consistency, you can teach your kitty to keep her claws off the counters and tables. Your kitty will thank you for giving her a safe and fun place to play.

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