1. Use a cat repellentThe best way to keep your cat off the counter is to let the counter or environment provide the deterrent. Your cat usually climbs up there when you aren’t around so a great way is to use a repellent. It’s way better than squirting water or yelling at your cat. Firstly and most importantly, because you don’t want your cat to be afraid of you. Secondarily, repellents have two critical features. (1) It is consistent, which will make your cat learn faster. (2) It works when you aren’t around so your cat won’t associate you with the deterrent. Not all cat repellents work the same way or have the same effectiveness. Here is a list of the most successful repellents to keep cats off counters:
- Motion-activated pet deterrents. sssCat is a small battery-operated device that detects motion and releases an air burst whenever a cat approaches. It’s not harmful, but it is scary for cats. The best part, sssCat provides consistency, working every single time your cat jumps on the counter. Pretty soon, he or she will not even try to approach it. You can buy sssCat here.
- Empty aluminum cans. By placing a bunch of empty aluminum cans on the counter, your kitty will scatter them all over when they jump onto the kitchen counter. This will startle them with lots of noise they make and they’ll think twice before jumping on the counter. Make sure to wash them out well so they only make noise and not make a mess. This is usually quite effective and one “crash” into the cans usually works. Make sure to put them on all the kitchen counters.
- Aluminum foil. This is another thing that cats do not like to step on because walking on it creates a rustling sound that bothers them. The hardest part is placing the foil on a spot on which the cat will jump and then keeping it in place (a small strip of Scotch tape will be useful). Unlike double-sided tape, it’s much easier to set up and remove when not needed.
- Citrus fruit peels. Do you eat lemons and oranges? Their skins are excellent cat deterrents. Unfortunately, citrus peels dry quickly and become ineffective, usually within a few hours. If the above ideas don’t work, you might try this one.
- Electric mats. If all else fails, this is a sure fire way to keep your cat off the counter. A mat that gives a static pulse when your cat lands on it will most certainly keep them off for good. The PetSafe ScatMat comes in multiple different sizes to fit your counters. It’s battery powered and keeps track of how many times your cat has stepped on it. It has 3 levels which allows you to start with the lowest and move up if your cat is very determined. Best of all, once they’ve learned not to jump on the counters, you can use them to keep them off other places such as furniture or even enter certain rooms.