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August 3, 2013

Keeping Cats Of Counters And Fine Furniture

There is very little difference between disciplining cats and children, especially when it comes to training your cat to keep off kitchen counters.

Here are three simple rules:
• Never Hit. Trust is the keyword to establishing a wonderful bond.
• Only say your cat’s name when she’s good. Never link it with “No!”
• Rewards -- kitty treats and lots of love are essential are the key to positive reinforcement

When it comes to keeping cats off kitchen counters, behaviorists recommend what they call “remote control” training.
This means the pet parent isn’t directly associated with the training so it doesn’t interfere with the bond you’re trying to establish. It’s also a permanent method of training because the pet parent doesn’t have to be present for the cat to learn the correct behavior. For example if you don't want to you walking all over your kitchen countertop,” booby-trap” by placing a product such as sticky paws on the counter top or aluminum foil. Cats don't the feel of these products and soon get the message to stay away! The decision to keep away it made by the cat without you even being present!
Other remote training tools include is a squirt bottle of water or a can of compressed air, which is obviously a better option if you are trying to keep your cat off your favorite chair. Keep a water bottle by the front door if you cat is keen on trying to get out every time you open the door. Remember to squirt her on the back preferably on the shoulders, never in her face. This way she will “blame” the bottle and not you for trying to stop her. The same can be said for the canister of compressed air – that becomes the villain and you remain purrfect in her eyes …

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