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Cats and Countertop Jumping

This problem can be solved with some simple aversion techniques.

cat jumping on countertops
  • Never leave enticing bits of food on the counter when not at home.
  • Be sure the cat has access to food and water at all times.
  • Use the following remote corrections to effectively discourage countertop prowling:
    • Overlap cookie sheets or long pieces of cardboard along the edge of the counter where the cat jumps up
    • Place a motion detector that reacts with a startling sound on the countertop when leaving home for the day
    • Apply double-sided tape on the counter
    • Place a carpet runner with plastic points facing upward over area
    • Place Snappy Trainers along counters. Snappy Trainers look like mousetraps with a large flap or paddle. When tripped they spring closed, make a noise while flipping over in the air, and startle but does not harm your pet
    • Some cats seem to have an aversion to lemon scents. Place lemon scent air fresheners in areas that you don’t want your cat to go near

If you would like to work with a Wisconsin Humane Society behaviorist one-on-one regarding this behavior topic, please call 414-431-6173 or email behavior@wihumane.org to schedule a consultation.