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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubblegum0077
    I have one cat now. Had two outside, but moved and gave them to a friend. Indoor kitty is a bad kitty. He is everywhere; including my stove! I've even found him INSIDE my kitchen cabinets and he almost got stuck inside the fridge. My granddaughters opened it and he jumped in. He likes the cold and he loves the water. Even found him in the tub when I was giving my babies a quick shower. OK, that is funny, but sometimes annoying because when he gets on the counters, food is history. Can't leave anything small laying around because he thinks it's a toy. I even found him sitting on top of my NEW Janome machine. I draw the line there. No one touches my machine! I will fight them. To think that he's about 11 pounds and he rules. Will getting him neutered help? I think it's time.

    At first I used the pennies in a can threat, but it got old. He didn't flinch after a while. Squirt gun will only entice him to play. Sticky tape....well my grandkids will probably pull that off....

    What's left? Any suggestions? No, I will not get a second cat to keep him busy....two wrongs don't make a right! LOL
    He plays with the Lhasa puppy (my avatar).
    ummmmmm...you better get him nuetered cause he will start spraying on things when he gets to thinkin he is a young man. We had a male his name was "Gump" and we had no female cats in the house but he walked up and wiggled his tail and sprayed all over my daughters nintendo machine! Then another male cat we had sprayed a while bag of fabric! About $200.00 worth of fabric I had to throw away. Needless to say he lives outside now. But you can get them nuetered and they are much better. Even if they do behave their urine is so strong when they are not nuetered and have become a little man. We had Tony nuetered and the urine smell was much better. And we scoop the cat box everyday. As soon as he would pee we knew it but getting him fixed took care of that. We tried the getting hima friend and they drove me crazy!! At night would get the rocks out from around my candles on the coffee table and would play hockey back and forth across the livingroom tile floor! I would get out of bed and walk in the livingroom and they were laying down like..."WHAT?? Got their little "nads" removed and they were put in a crate at night so we could sleep. No night time hockey for them. also my hubby made me a screen door for my sewingroom to keep everyone out when I am not sewing. when I am in there the kitties can come in and keep me company while I sew. When sewing is done the screen door gets latched and everyone is out except the a/c can still circulate and keep it cool. Hubby even painted the door and the screen pink to match my room.

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    my cats do not get on counters or tables (dinning area) but I have a small cat bed by my sewing machine (an extension table)- the cats sleep there when I am working on the other cutting table - my ironing board is not accessible to the cats so they do not lay on it - I would just panick if they got burn by the iron that is alway on when I am quilting. And I have a couch and other places for them to sleep - So, they are content - I put away projects I am working on because they seem to leave with cats if I do not.... And I love my kittys. and I love quilting - so I try to make them all happy.... even me..

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    A squirt bottle filled with water worked for my cats. After a few squirts to get the idea, they just saw the bottle and ran!

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    I had a Vet tell me to use a spray bottle w/small amt of white vinegar in it. When your pet is someplace you prefer it not to be, lightly spray the pet and give a harsh command (no no, etc)
    They do not like the smell or the spray in their face.
    Soon, it will learn that just the sight of the spray bottle will be an unpleasant experience and that will be enough! Eventually, in theory anyway, the pet will know where it is NOT allowed.
    (white vinegar has no ill affects).
    Good Luck!!!!

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    Sigh. I just buy lots of lint rollers!

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    Have you tried a spray bottle with room temperature water in it? The vet suggested that for our dog when she gets to whining/barking without need. The other one I heard was to use the compressed air cans. Keep trying you will get it right one of these days. K

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    I have had several cats over the years and they are very sneaky. Even when I think I have one trained not to get on kitchen counters, I hear it during the night jumping down from the counter. My new kitty, Spencer the Cat, is very determined to do as he pleases. I've tried clear tape on the couch corners, then all along the sides and front but he likes to pull the tape off then lick the glue. He has an onsession for my scotch tape and I have to hide the roll in a drawer otherwise he eats it and then throws it up.

    He especially loves lying on anything I happen to be working on. I recently left the edge of a robe I was sewing for my sister under the needle on my machine while I took a break. When I returned, he'd bunched the rest of the fabric on the left of the needle all into a comfortable messs and was sleeping on it. He rolls up into any quilt I'm making especially when I'm trying to iron a pieced top or back, he'll roll up in the fabric hanging down on the side of the ironing board and when I try to move the fabric along to iron, it all of a sudden has become too heavy to move. It's really quite funny. I use a lint roller to clean up and I've learned to put all my small tools including the pin cushion away in a plastic box. One day i had to look all over for my pin cushion...he'd batted it off the table and to the other side of the room under a couch. He's actually very lovable and extremely playful.

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    I've used the squirt bottle technique with great success. Most of my cats would skedaddle except for one that like water so much she'd come over so I could spritz her... weird cat! Anyway hating it or loving it, they all got going when they saw me reach for the bottle.

    Quote Originally Posted by Grammy o'5
    Just get a little water spray bottle. When the kitties jump up where you don't want them - a little spray and a stern "Off" from you should keep them off the surfaces you don't want them on. After a few times of a little wet face and all you'll have to do is sternly say "Off" or just a quick spritz and they'll be off to another place. :thumbup:

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    [quote=Corrywe had no female cats in the house but he walked up and wiggled his tail and sprayed all over my daughters nintendo machine! [/quote]

    I've had a lot of cats. Even if they are neutered, they sometimes will spray. I think they do it if there are other MALE cats in the house because that is how they mark their territory. Our previous cat family had two males and one female. One of them was a "barn cat" at birth, and he was the most vile cat I've ever had. He sprayed constantly, despite being neutered. I've always believed it was because of our other male. He was definitely top dog, uh, cat, and he sprayed just to let the other male know it.

    The cat family we have now consists of one male and two females (one now). He too is neutered. I've seen him spray outside, especially when our neighbor's cat hangs around. He goes around spraying on everything. I wonder how he has enough capacity for the amount he does. But he never sprays in the house.

    I'm not expert, but this has always been my experience.

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    If you cover all with a sheet,take the sheet every week or so and put it in your dryer on air fluff for 10 min. Kinda shake it some and do it 10 min. more. Then look at your lint filter.....it's amazing. I have to do my bedspread ever 10 days or so as we have 6 cats that claim our bed as their own. It's really an amazing process.

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    Shedding season for indoor kitties seems to be all year long :lol: :lol:

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    pieces of left over batting really pick up lint, etc. Probably work for feline feathers, too.

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    A bowl of ammonia clears them out. I love animals and I on the way to a vet at 7:30 pm for my puppy of 1 year old. She has an ear infection . :XD:

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    I have four cats, and I have learned they will - at some time during the day or night - go where ever they want to. I leave my work on my cutting table, and just put a sheet over it. If I am cutting material or laying it out getting ready to sew, I just put everything on the one table and cover it. I have a portable table ironing board so that can go under the sheet too.

    Do any of you remember the custom of leaving the food from the Sunday lunch on the table,covering it with a sheet, and then it being ready for dinner. My grandmother in Tennessee did this. Times have really changed- nothing is left out now!

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    Well, I have 5 lovely indoor felines and 3 lovely canines.
    As for training them to stay off tables and countertops it works as long as they have me in site. I know what goes on while I am sleeping LOL
    I am with some of the other ladies. Just throw a sheet over everthing and always make sure your pins are safely tucked away. One of my kitties decided at one time to take every single straight pin out of my pincushion and neatly lay those around it. This taught me a lesson.
    Karin

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    Quote Originally Posted by blzzrdqueen
    They are not allowed on these surfaces, but they are extremely stubborn and because there are 4 of them, they team up to rule the roost... :D
    I know exactly what you mean....I have 3 :D

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    I put all my fabric into a big zip lock bag. I use an old sheet to cover my 3 machines on my dining room table. My problem is plants. I know so many are poisonous to cats. I have one bad boy that loves my plants so I don't have but a few. I have a zebra plant I have nursed for almost a year. I put it in the window above the sink and make sure a wet cloth covers the center bar but my pothos (ivy) plant that I put on top of my built in china cabinet 7 ft. up hoping it would grow down the sides...but no, leaves are partially chewed off of it before it could grow good out of the pot! And I know he does it when I am in bed. Any suggestions on how to stop that?

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    A friend shared with me they hate citrus and she laid a cut lemon out where she didn't want them.

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    My cat gave me fits just today. I had a young boy's twin size quilt layed out on my living room rug, to pin with safety pins. When I shooed her away, she moved about 2 feet and layed down. When she is really bad she goes out doors or to the basement with a door closed behind her. I sometimes shake a plastic grocery bag and she high tails it away. She must hate the noise. Good luck. When you find the answer, can it, patent it, and sell it. You won't have to worry about a sewing room or your stash. It will be very affordable then!!!!

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    You could try the squirt gun idea (but use a sprayer bottle instead). I understand it works pretty well. One just has to watch out for getting water on the wood furniture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    When I had cats they were trained not to get on counters, tables and dressers. They knew they could lazy around on the beds and couches. It is just a matter of training them not too.
    Big Fat Ditto!!!!!. I provide places for them and everytime i catch them where they don't belong I pick them up and put them on one of THEIR surfaces and sometimes I have to get alittle groff because i run out of patiences but generally thats all it takes is once. You could also try a spray bottle, my one youngest now sees the bottle and runs. I have heard crumbled foil but that didn't work for me.
    I am sure you will get lots of suggestions.
    Good luck.

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    I throw an old sheet over much of it, especially where fabric is of concern. One cat in particular likes to sleep on the soft stash (as only one of his many bedding choices including real cat beds) so as long as I have it covered its okay. Its very easy to just fold back a sheet to grab some stash material. I also keep my machines covered when not in use mainly just to keep the dust out. I have doubled up two plastic bags that I just cover over my old Pfaff so that I don't have to put it down in the cabinet and it is up and ready for the next sewing session. I put the plastic cover over my Pfaff 2170 that came with it when not in use. I love my kitties!!!! And they love the window right over my machine cabinet and use it as a "step" to get up into the window, so I put a notebook over my closed laptop as well.

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    Oh My Goodness...LOL...Debbie I had a stressful day and your cat in the cage gave me just the laugh I needed-thanks so much :-D

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    Try a squirt gun. Everytime you see them on things they shouldn't be on sneak up on them and squirt them. They don't like it and will get the point.

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    I think it's like kids - they'll do whatever they know they can get away with. They aren't born (kids or cats) knowing that they should/shouldn't do something.

    Discipline and abuse are not the same thing. Due to DH's allergies, our cats have always been allowed in kitchen, laundry, family room, but NOT in the living room or bedrooms. No door between living room and family room, we just taught them it was off limits, as were the counter, table, stove, refrigerator. A loud clap and sharp "NO!" is really all that was needed, and we've had several cats over the years. The thing is, you can't waiver when they are little - you have to be consistent, even if they are so cute you'd really rather not be the meanie.

    Well, I should admit that now that we are down to one (and DH says no more pets :cry: ) and he is older, he is allowed to sleep on my side of the bed.

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