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Thread: I am at my wits end with this cat!!!

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    For months I have been after her to not jump on the kitchen table. She wasn't doing it as much but the last few weeks she WILL NOT STOP!!! I yell at her, clap my hands, spray her with water, and nothing will keep her from doing it!!

    I can sit here in the family room about 8 feet away from the table and she will jump up on the table. I spray her and she will get onto a chair where I can't reach her with the water. I yell, tell her to get down, clap my hands, everythiing and she will sit there looking at me until I get up and walk over there. Then she will jump down. Not a minute later she is jumping up there again! I have had it!! There is absolutely nothing on the table, I never leave food on the table, she has food and water.

    I have started putting her in the garage for hours after she has done it. Nothing is working.

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    Try putting tin foil on the table. Cats don't like it. Hopefully that works.

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    move the chairs away see if that helps

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    She is playing a game that gets her attention. Putting her in the garage won't help because she will not make the connection between getting on the table and being in the garage. She'll just become more starved for attention, which will reinforce her game playing to get attention.

    There must be cat forums with people knowledgeable about cat psychology who could make some suggestions.

    Okay, I Googled and came up with the following forum about cat behavior. Couldn't find your particular problem in a search there, so you may want to post and see if someone can help.
    http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=5

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    I agree with the tinfoil idea - I had a cat used to dig in my houseplants - not poop luckily, just dig! And tin foil scrunched around them stopped him. After a while I took the foil away and he didn't resume - the habit was broken.

    I also agree that shutting her in the garage won't work. She won't understand the 'punishment' - though I can understand your frustration. I've had a lot of cats over the years and some have jumped on tables and some haven't. My current one doesn't luckily but I know it's a p in the a. Try the foil, spread over the table, slightly scrunched up. If that doesn't work, try something slightly spiky, like holly branches. Not anything that will cause serious injury, just discomfort. You could also try ignoring her, see if that works - if it's just attention seeking, that might stop her. :D

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    I read also that cats do not like citrus smells. Maybe a centerpiece of lemons, or some strategically placed lemon-scented sachets, would convince her the table is not a good place to be.

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    Thats a cat for ya! :lol:

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    Citrus does work you do need however to cut the lemon in half and quarters gently squeeze it a bit so the juice is really on top and recut it at least once more a day (take a thin slice off) .. the foil is an excellent thought too. That or something that would be sticky to her feet.. like the back of tape feeling? (cant think of what that would be but its out there) she would jump up. and first step would HATE having her foot not move withher at ease. Also they do sell those pads that give them a tiny shock(real tiny) that you can use for counters/couches etc to keep them from going on them think they are called scat mats? Lets see you could put magazines on the table if she jumped on them they would slip off the table with her? they hate that. Put some lemon in that water too. The garage she will NEVER associate with jumping on the table. It has to be the table. Oh how about one of those barking frog things motion detector that would yell at her it might startle her ? GOOD LUCK.

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    There is a double sided tape designed especially for this. You can get it in pet shops or online (sorry I forget the brand name). Cats hate sticky on their feet. You can also use it on furniture etc. to stop scratching

    Better still, play with her. Use a cat toy, scrunched up paper bag, a ball, anything. Spend 15 mins per day playing with her and see what a difference a happy cat makes.

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    they don't like moth balls either,put some moth balls on the table in a dish and hopefully she will stop

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    This reminds me, why I prefer dogs. Good luck getting your cat to behave. Sounds like you've got one that's real attention hungry.

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    You also might try Jumpo Trainer's. They are made to deal with this type of problem. Their # 1-888-767-4766 & you might do a search for their website. I didn't have that written down.

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    All she has to do is come into the living room and I'll give her attention. She usually lays next to me, or preferably on my lap. I hung up a feathered toy that she she can jump at. She has even jumped from the 5' high top of my folded up treadmill, to the table, slid on the placemats, and off the other side.

    I'll put foil on the table before I leave for work and see what happens to it.

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    I agree with everyone else... poor kitty won't connect the punishment; Cats love to be up high, do you have a cat tree, ledge, something she can climb up on? even a old blanket stapled to a 2x4 leaned on something she can climb on might fix it pretty easliy. use something'tacky' to cover your table, that'l stop that, they hate 'sticky'

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    I have the same problem with one of mine doing that.. I don't understand why he does and the others don't...??

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    Quote Originally Posted by mytwopals
    This reminds me, why I prefer dogs. Good luck getting your cat to behave. Sounds like you've got one that's real attention hungry.
    Or one that is way stubborn. I have a stubborn dog, so I can empathize with you. We have leather furniture in the living room, and our dog ( a boxer) would not stay off of it. I put tissue paper under a blanket and covered the couch with that. He did not like the crinkly feel/sound and after about 3 jumps up on it, he stopped. He hasn't jumped on it for 3 years now. I think the foil might work. My friend put foil in the baby's bed (before the baby got here) to break her cats from jumping up in the bed. She's had no problems with the cats and the baby bed.

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    I find that my cat wants to be up high, he gets on the table too and looks around to see if I'm looking, as soon as I yell at him he gets down tho, but he goes in the sewing room and climbs up on the shelves and lays there. He tries to lay on the pourch rail of but it's too narrow so we put up a small square board in the corner for him, he can lay on it an look down at his kingdom! (we're on pilings)

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    I was thinking this morning that I should get a tall cat tree with a platform that she can get on, put it in front of the non-sliding side of the patio door so she can look out. Sometimes I think she is eyeing the hanging light over the table as something to jump on too.

    She has a small platform at my upstairs bedroom window that she can look out of so she is not totally deprived of surveying her kingdom.

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    I was using Cling Wrap the other day and it may have enough sticky on it to dissuede her. I've had good luck with tape in the past. Water and yelling only work if you catch her in the act - sticky stuff is effective whether you see her or not.

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    I close my cat in my sewing room, when we are at work and at night. I have 1 out of 4 cats that will jump on top of things. He is 3 yr.s old and just onery. he does just like you cat, try confining it to a closed room or large cage - large enough to put a litter box and food and water. I use to do this, it will need something a little higher than the floor of the cage. This room is smaller and no room for it. Sfe for them and my stuff.

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    What I have been doing over the weekend is that every time she jumps up there I will immediately go over, telling her "NO", catch her, and put her in the garage. All the while telling her "NO". Probably an exercise in futility.

    I put foil on the table, 4 long sheets, and crinkled them up a bit. Doesn't stop her from getting on the counter though, which she does sometimes but not the fascination she seems to have with the table.

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    Spray bottle of water? Or my daughter eventually went to shooting nerf darts at her cat that would not give up. It worked.

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    We use to put a few pennies in soda cans and cover the soda can with a sock, so it wouldn't damage anything, when thrown. Whenever our dog would jump up in the window seat to bark at everything outside and tear down the blinds. We would throw them toward him. They make such a loud tinny souund he hated them. After a while we just had to set them on the furniture that he was not allowed on and he would not even try. I would think cats would hate the sound too. You might try it. A trainer told us about it. Just make sure if you toss them it doesn't hit your pet. After a while we could remove them and he would not attempt to get up on things he was not suppose to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    I agree with the tinfoil idea - I had a cat used to dig in my houseplants - not poop luckily, just dig! And tin foil scrunched around them stopped him. After a while I took the foil away and he didn't resume - the habit was broken.

    I also agree that shutting her in the garage won't work. She won't understand the 'punishment' - though I can understand your frustration. I've had a lot of cats over the years and some have jumped on tables and some haven't. My current one doesn't luckily but I know it's a p in the a. Try the foil, spread over the table, slightly scrunched up. If that doesn't work, try something slightly spiky, like holly branches. Not anything that will cause serious injury, just discomfort. You could also try ignoring her, see if that works - if it's just attention seeking, that might stop her. :D
    great ideas.

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    Well, the tin foil is a bust. I got home, took my shoes and tights off, started a pot of coffee and sat down on the couch to log on my laptop. I heard some crinkling and thought it sounded like paper ripping and I wondered what she was getting into. I looked around, didn't see her, looked towards the kitchen and there she is... sitting on the foil on the table.

    I had greeted her, held her, petted her and talked to her when I came in.

    I think I will get some clear plastic carpet runner with the spikes on the back side.

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