Discouraging “Counter Surfing”
How can I keep my cat off of the kitchen counter?Cats enjoy “counter surfing” for many reasons. First of all, they are looking for food scraps; second, they have a good view of the room; and third, they are at a perfect height to relate to their owners.
Counters should be kept very clean with no dirty dishes in the sink. To make the counters “not fun” two techniques are recommended. Sticky, adhesive strips are good deterrents because cats don’t like stepping on them. You can put them on placemats and leave them on the counter. Also you can block the area with pots and pans.
It is important to remember that when making a place “off limits,” an alternate place should be provided. Many cats enjoy sitting on tall stools, which you can place nearby and reward your cat with treats and praise when she is sitting on the stool.