Getting on Counters, Tables and Other Tall Objects
Cats love to be on high places so climbing
onto things comes naturally for them. Because the desire
to be above the floor is a natural cat behavior it may
not be realistic to think you can completely stop it. A
better idea is to give your cat her own high places to
climb onto. Kitty condos are available in many pet catalogs
as well as pet stores. Or if you’re handy and have
time, you can make your own.
If your cat has been lucky enough to find something to
eat in these areas, that gives her even more motivation
to want to explore your counters and tables. You must ensure
that your cat never, ever finds things to eat, things to
play with, or other good things when she climbs on your
counters and other objects. If she intermittently hits
the jackpot, it will continue to be worth her while to
climb up and see what she can find.
And if climbing up on things gets your attention, it
may have become a game for your cat. She jumps up, you
yell and come after her, she jumps down and runs, you chase.
What a great kitty game she’s invented!
Play more with your cat so she gets her needs for attention
met in other ways. Drag toys around for her to chase. There
are many great cat toys available for purchase, so find
the ones that appeal to your cat. For some great ideas
on how to provide enriching toys and environments for your
cat, see our program Helping
Kitty Be Good, available in a DVD
or audio CD format.
Rather than trying to deliver the discipline yourself,
use “booby-traps” to make it harmlessly unpleasant
for your cat when she jumps up on things. We recommend
PRODUCTS THAT WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND, PREVENT AND RESOLVE PROBLEMS WITH YOUR CAT ON HIGH PLACES
To learn how to provide an enriching environment
for your cat and to prevent problems such as climbing on
things, elimination and destructive scratching problems,
get our DVD Helping Kitty Be
Good. Here you’ll learn what cats
want and need to be healthy and happy in your home.
The Ssscat Automated Cat Repellant delivers
a harmless but effective puff of air whenever your cat
gets near it. Place it on counters or other high places
to humanely keep your cat off them.