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michaelson 05-08-2014 11:26 PM

Cat Getting in Trouble
I have a cat and she's been wonderful. She's got a bad habit of going EVERYWHERE. This includes places like the dishwasher (when it's open after dinner), the washer, on the top of cabinets, etc.

Not good... How can I keep her off certain stuff without having to barricade it?

chrisn 05-09-2014 01:56 AM

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cats will be cats

this was one of mine that decided it was warmer in the oven I was cleaning

curtd 05-09-2014 02:16 AM

I do no harm to pets, but they may need nudging, for example, When a pet climbs into stove can we just turn on the heat just a tad ? Will this teach pet eventually that stove is no good place to be? Normally though, we just yell at pet and kick them out. They associate loud voice + location = not a good place

creeper 05-09-2014 05:54 AM

Easy solution. Use the spray bottle. For the first few times make a noise while you spray, any noise you like such as hissing or something. After getting sprayed with the water which cats hate, they will associate the noise with the water and just the noise will work

creeper 05-09-2014 05:55 AM


Originally Posted by chrisn (Post 1348018)
cats will be cats

this was one of mine that decided it was warmer in the oven I was cleaning

Saucy fella

eharri3 05-09-2014 09:59 AM

This is why I really was not on board with my wife bringing a new cat into the house, which she did anyway, and which I now have to live with. Once my dog is told not to do something a number of times she'll stop doing it, just because she knows I don't want her to.

With cats, the only way you stop undesirable behavior is to provide another more appropriate, and more interesting outlet and let them make the decision for themselves. _1

Sprinkle catnip on it occasionally, and pick her up off of or out of anywhere else you don't want her any time you catch her. Either that or clap and shout NO as soon as you see her climbing up. Sometimes getting startled will form a negative association with the behavior and cause them not to do it as much. But know that while you're not there she'll do it anyway. Another option, as hard as it might believe, is a plain old card board box. We got something delivered the other day and left the box sitting out. Our cat fixated it in no time and spent the rest of the evening jumping in and out and batting it all over the place.

If this is a new cat that hasn't gotten to used to having the run of the house, maybe get into the habit of putting her in one room and leaving her there while you're away so she doesn't have that many opportunities to do stuff you don't want her doing. Our cat has a 'home base'... an unused room in the house where he has his food bowls, water bowl, and litter box. He's comfortable enough in there that when we used to confine him occasionally while he was getting used to our home, he felt comfortable with it and didn't act out over being locked in.

texasdude1 05-14-2014 09:12 PM

I agree with the spray bottle idea.

done the same thing here and our cat stopped trying to clime the door frame lol!

Jim F 05-14-2014 10:44 PM

I think they get better at following the rules with age. You just need to be consistent with your expectations.

JamieH4 05-18-2014 01:45 PM

Is this your first cat? You know what they say about cats...that you don't own them but they own you... Well welcome to the world of being a cat owner.

JustGoDoIt 05-19-2014 11:45 AM


Jerc 05-22-2014 03:48 AM


Originally Posted by chrisn (Post 1348018)
cats will be cats

this was one of mine that decided it was warmer in the oven I was cleaning

A dogs's dream.

rollingstone 05-22-2014 07:33 AM

I agree, spray bottle.

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