Cats on your counter? Try this

January 20, 2013 • 5:47 pm

Seems to work . . .

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Daniel Babineau

Lately one of our cats has been causing mischief. We’ve been trying to find out which one it was. One of our cats, Jack (who is one of two possible suspects), jumped up on the counter only to be positively spooked by the tinfoil that was laid down to deter the cats.


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h/t: Gattina

24 thoughts on “Cats on your counter? Try this

  1. I was visiting a couple of friends whose child was a Siamese cat. I never allowed my cats on the table. I was sitting nest to the table when the cat jumped on the table. By reflex, I swept it off onto the floor. I thought it best to conclude my visit rather quickly before I got thrown out.

    A couple of years later, I visited my friends in another location. It was a shotgun type house with one long room from the front door back. First was foyer, then living room, then kitchen/dining room. The same cat was on the dining table. When it saw me, it literally dove off the table to the floor. Cats are, in fact, educable.

    1. One of my favorite quotes is from Fran Lebowitz,
      “No animal should ever jump up on the dining room furniture unless absolutely certain that he can hold his own in the conversation.”

  2. The Quichua people in the Ecuadorian Amazon teach their pets, and their toddlers, to avoid certain items in the house by placing stinging nettles on the items. Has a similar effect.

  3. I use packing tape. Lay strips down sticky-side up along the front of the counter — it took two long and two short pieces for ours.

    The next morning there was one piece in the middle of the kitchen floor, all crumpled up and with a fair amount of fur in it.

    It only took two times over about a week for our cat to decide that the kitchen counters were no longer interesting.

  4. Good data for calculating cat reaction time.

    I suspect the movement of the cat’s reflection on the foil might have been the first thing that the cat found disturbing followed by the sound of the foil. Frightening!

      1. Probably not but probably did notice that something was moving possibly a lot of something that was moving. Maybe I should have emphasized the “might have” because I don’t know but it is something that is possible but also easily overlooked.

      2. And like the cat and on reconsideration of your comment I may not have initially recognized its meaning in the way you intended it. 🙂

  5. I wonder how much longer the expression tin foil will last. It has been about 65 years since aluminum replaced tin and yet it hangs on. Probably more to do with the extra effort required for three extra syllables (four in the UK and assorted commonwealth countries) than anything else.

  6. Don’t let other cats see this video!! If they did, they would figure out just how high off the floor they could jump, if they could use a shelf as a mid-jump boost. Nothing would be off limits to them.

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