Mothering Forum banner

1 - 9 of 9 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,388 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Kitchen/table worktops?<br><br>
I dont think its very hygenic for a cat to walk all over the kitchen and table worktops where food is made and eaten. So I dont like my cats jumping on them!<br>
Our first cat was easy! - He is a dream cat!...Has always been very easy going and suits our family well (considering we have a two year old son) - they are peas in a pod! hehe He jumped up on the kitchen worktops once - we just took him off and he got the message. He did the same with the table twice and he got the message the second time.<br><br>
But this cat.....<br><br>
She is driving me crazy!!!<br><br>
She scratches everything BUT the various scratching posts we have around the house! - She climbs the curtains! - She spends up to half an hour covering her poo in the litter box (its annoying in the middle of the night - cover it and get out! lol) - She doesnt like being picked up but wants to be fussed - she wants you to stop what you are doing and bend over to fuss her all the time - but dont pick her up! (that just more annoying that anything! lol) - And she just will not stop jumping on the worktops!!! lol<br><br>
She used to be a sweet cat! - Could it just be thats shes you know...becomeing a 'woman'? Our other cat went a bit crazy before we got him neutered. Shes only 5 months though and needs another set of vax before they will spay her - and then once that is done I am sure she will be very thankful to go outside!<br><br>
But shes a black cat - could it be a black cat personality?<br><br>
Shes so tiny though!!! (shes a very small breed whatever breed she is!)- You just would never expect the tornato that she is!!! lol<br><br>
So the subtle hints that worked for our first cat are not working for this one - what do I do?!!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,393 Posts
She's just acting like a 5 month old cat. It's like a 1 year old dog....they are <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut"> !!<br><br>
Spaying won't really calm her down. Getting out of this crazy kitten stage will.<br><br>
Letting her outside is your choice but know that she's going to have a much lower life expectancy and will most likely cost more in vet bills with fights, disease, and other outside cat issues. I'm sure someone is going to bring up that she's black so don't let her out in fear of her being killed by a....whoever it is that supposedly kills black cats. I don't think this is true. I do know those that cars aren't going to see her as well...day or night...as she looks like road.<br><br>
My cat Franklin is black...and he's freaking crazy. I've met lots of black cats though and none have been wacky like Frank is. So I don't think it's a color thing.<br><br>
Now, to get her off the counter. A spray bottle with water works great. Set it to stream and spray her once when she's jumps on the table. Not when you find her there though...I don't think that does anything but make you = spray.<br><br>
Keeping her nails cut short can keep her from climbing the drapes and from scratching damage. Soft paws are great too (bit not for outdoor cats).
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
9,037 Posts
She sounds like a kitten. Right now I have an old coffee tin with some large bolts in it. It's very loud when I shake it and has kept my "counter jumper" at bay.<br><br>
She should adapt easily as she is a kitten, they're easier to train then.<br><br>
As for letting her outside, if she's an indoor cat why would you want to let her outside? You have the risk of disease, death, injury, getting lost/hit by a car, killing wildlife, stolen etc. Her life expectancy will be significantly shortened. Especially as she's a black cat...you don't want to know what some horrible people do to black cats, especially around Halloween. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,388 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
lol - this is the UK - Halloween isnt really celebrated here!<br><br>
The spray bottle idea sounds like it might work - I have heard of that before. So I better go get myself a spray bottle!<br><br>
Shes only our second cat - so whilst you are saying she is a typical kitten...our first was nothing like this at all!!! lol<br><br>
And shes not an indoor cat. Shes just your average moggy. I got her for free. (and I wouldnt spend a lot of money on a special breed of cat that needed to stay indoors). In fact, I dont think any cats are indoor cats. Cats are meant to be outside. They need to be free. They use us humans only to feed them - and thats the deal we signed up for. However shes only 5 months old - and not spayed yet...So of course I am not letting her out of the house right now! They dont spay cats until they are 6 months old here.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,976 Posts
When our kitten started that we put everything noisy we could find around the edges of counters so she wouldn't have a landing space and if she tried anyway the noise would scare her. It worked well, she only tries it now if a spider spins a web in that window and gets a moth or something.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
718 Posts
This is something I've never even tried to fight, in fact my cats eat on the kitchen counter, otherwise the dog would eat all their food.<br><br>
Spray bottles are what I would suggest or even put some foil on the counter. Cats don't like foil and usually won't go near it. As for the scratching, I'd try even a carpet scrap for her. I have 1 cat who will use a post, but prefers wood, one who likes carpet, and one who just doesn't scratch anything. It's all about finding what the particular cat likes best.<br><br>
My 3 were all strays that I found outside and now they're all indoor cats for a couple reasons. Mainly, I don't want them running away/getting lost or hit by a car. We also have coyotes here. Oh and 2 of them are terrified and very skitish from their time outside, the other one is just a big dope and loves everyone and everything, lol.<br><br>
My black cat is CRAZY too!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,108 Posts
Whenever I've caught my cats on the counter I've put the fear of death into them. They run and hide under the bed for a few hours, maybe try it again one or two more times, and then give up because every time they try they get yelled at and chased. I mean REALLY yelled at.<br><br>
I've tried the coffee can thing, the water gun thing, and sometimes they work, and sometimes they don't, but they seem to put more stock in it coming from me then a "thing". I've never had a counter jumper, and my cats get over being yelled at and stomped after pretty quickly. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> I won't tolerate paws that have walked through poop on my counter. At all.<br><br>
My mom, on the other hand, walks into the kitchen and says "Lilly, shoo, darling, you can't be on the counter" as she gently pushes her down and then picks her up and loves on her. Drives me frickin crazy. Then she calls me and complains how the cat gets up there and breaks into the bags of bread. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,392 Posts
I was just reading an article about the large number of songbirds that are killed by outdoor cats. Sad <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I personally think black and white cats are the nutiest and most mischevious of all the colours. Orange ones are very sensitive. Browns are laid back.
 
1 - 9 of 9 Posts
Top