First, some people don’t mind when they find their cat on the kitchen counter, which is OK. However, some people may find this something they prefer their cat does not do. Here are a few tips on keeping your cat off your kitchen counters, desk, or table.
Reasons why cats climb onto counters and tables
- Cats love climbing. Their instincts stretch back to when they were in the wild when climbing trees and leaping long distances was a way to keep safe and find food to eat like birds. Cats are drawn to high places as they allow a broad view of a room.
- Counters and tables often have crumbs and food scraps. Your cat realizes this and may be drawn to these spots.
- Sometimes they are there because you are, especially sitting at your desk. Cats often jump up to where you are to play or get more attention.
How can you stop a cat from jumping on the table, desk, or counter?
There are several ways to stop your cat from jumping up on places you would prefer they do not. However, you must understand that climbing is a natural cat behavior. Your cat needs to be allowed to jump and climb as they need to be happy and healthy. Here are a few tips:
- Cat trees can be used indoors and are made for climbing, jumping, resting, and scratching
- Kitty condos are vertical furniture that encourages climbing, sleeping, and hiding
- Cat beds and window shelves made for cats are enticing diversions from tables and counters
- Walking your cat outdoors with a cat leash also helps to satisfy your cat’s need to jump and climb
- Keep food and crumbs off of the counters and tables to eliminate one of the reasons cats end up on them
- If your cat seems to be endlessly hungry, try serving smaller meals more frequently throughout the day
- Make sure you give your cats lots of attention and playtime
- Distract your cat during mealtime or when cooking with interactive toys
- Place bubble wrap, aluminum foil, or double-sided tape on a surface creates an unpleasant texture, and they should stop
DON’T do these if your cat jumps on the counter
- Verbally or physically scold your cat
- Don’t scare or shoo your cat