Hi,
A friend of mine moved in (first roommate in years), and with her came two cats both boys, both fixed with front claws removed, one about
18 months (part simese part something else crosseyed) and one about
5 years old (calico and something else). Also my place is ratherlarge, but we keep the bedroom and bathroom doors shut when not home so the cats don't roam where they shouldn't.
I'm generally not an animal person and never had a cat, but I figured I'd give it a try. She and the cats moved in about 2 months ago, and the issues I thought I'd have (cat box, smell, etc) are not issues at all since she keeps the litter pan cleaned out and it's tucked back in the laundry room. THe problem is the cats get on the kitchen counters, tables, and all over the place where I didn't figure they'd go. How healthy is this? With their paws in the litter pan then on the counters do they track stuff everyplace? Also when cats sit do their butts touch the counter or whatever they're on?

Sorry for the crazy questions, but though my roommate grew-up with cats, she couldn't answer these questions. The cats get on the counters and tables we use to fix food on and eat on, and though I've made it a habit to clean everything before preparing foods or eating, it just kind of grosses me out a bit. I'm generally a clean freak Emotion: smile

Thanks for any info or suggestions... I'd prefer the cats didn't get on the counters and tables at all - and they generally don't when we're home - but I was off yesterday and noticed everytime I walked into the kitchen they were lounging up there. I sprayed them with water, tapped their head (not hard or anything), and said NO... but didn't work.
Thanks again, and take care,
Ringo
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Hi, A friend of mine moved in (first roommate in years), and with her came two cats both boys, ... up there. I sprayed them with water, tapped their head (not hard or anything), and said NO... but didn't work.

I would not recommend it.
Just put the cats down when you see them on the counter and say NO! It worked for our cat Cali, who learned to jump up when we weren't looking. Emotion: smile Now she's too old to jump up and the young one rarely jumps on the table.

I believe a squirt bottle or tinfoil on the table are effective deterrents.
I have read that when children are raised with cats or dogs they generally are healthier than when they are not. No one is healthier living in a germ proof environment anyway. Plus, there is no such thing unless you have to live in a bubble. My cats are all over the place. I do not put food directly on the counters or tables, always on plates or a cutting board. If I were you I would try to accept this because as you said the cats will be on the counters when you are not home.

Barb
Of course I don't look busy,
I did it right the first time.
I have read that when children are raised with cats or dogs they generally are healthier than when they are ... when you are not home. Barb Of course I don't look busy, I did it right the first time.

Exactly. They will go where they want when you're not there anyway. I usually make sure I clean the table or counters before eating or preparing food. In 3.5 years with my two cats, there hasn't been any sanitary issues in my house.
Thanks for any info or suggestions... I'd prefer the cats didn't get onthe counters and tables at all

The only time my cats get on the counters is when I am not looking. How do I know? Because I have never seen them on the counters and tables. (I would have said they never get on
the counters but someone here pointed out that they do, just when I am not looking!) I say NO loudly and clap loudly and essentially lunge at them fromt he first day they are in the house, every time they try it. Talk to your room mate and have her do the same thing. It works. (They may get up there, but I never see any sign of it no hair, footprints, chewed plants, etc.)
If I were you I would try to accept this because as you said the cats will be on the counters when you are not home.

I don't think the OP needs to just accept it. For every cat owner whose cats are all over the counters there are two with cats that generally do not do this. The OP has taken these cats and their owner into his home, and he does not like cats all over the counters. I don't like it either, and it does not happen as far as I can tell. (I let mine roam the house when I am away, but he shuts his cats up, so the chances of them doing it when he is not there are slimmer.) Persistance in saying "NO!" and putting (or shooing) them down works. My counters are clean and nobody ever finds hair in the food, so it is working. I should add that my cats have
all been adults when I adopted them, so adults can be trained.
Sorry for the crazy questions, but though my roommate grew-up with cats, she couldn't answer these questions. The cats get ... before preparing foods or eating, it just kind of grosses me out a bit. I'm generally a clean freak Emotion: smile

Don't be a baby. If you knew how much was on your hands, clothing, bedding, and carpet, you'd stop worrying about the cats or drop dead from shock. One of the two. Emotion: wink
/ You posted that greenlit thread about cat butts on Fark, didn't you?

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Hi, A friend of mine moved in (first roommate in ... home so the cats don't roam where they shouldn't. (snip)

I would not recommend it. Just put the cats down when you see them on the counter and say NO! ... young one rarely jumps on the table. I believe a squirt bottle or tinfoil on the table are effective deterrents.

Hi Bill,
I never thought about putting tinfoil or the squirt bottle on the counter. They have learned to run when we even lift the bottle, so that might actually work.
Thanks for the suggestion!
Ringo
I have read that when children are raised with cats or dogs they generally are healthier than when they are ... try to accept this because as you said the cats will be on the counters when you are not home.

Hi Barb,
I don't generally put food directly on the counter, but I'd like to think if something falls on the counter, whether a spoon or bit of food, that it's not covered in the same germs in the kitty pan. I don't want to treat my counters and tables at home like I treat tables at restaurantes where if something touches it it's to be avoided.

My habit is to use Lysol disinfectant spray on the counters almost daily, whether cooking or not. I was just wondering what others do to either train the cats to not jump on the counters or what they do to disuade the cats from doing it. I've heard of a spray you can use that cats don't like one friend called it 'anti-catnip' because the smell or something in it cats can't stand. Any idea what this is?

THanks again,
Ringo
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