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    My husband saves cats. We have 18 right now. We always get them fixed. Some are indoor- outdoor and some are almost feral. They own my house not me. My husband spoils them to death. I probably could have trained them if it wasn't for hubby,s spoiling. He thinks they should be allowed any where they want. We even had a tail on fire once. It didn't stop them or hubby.They have taken over my sewing and crafting room(there is a cat door in the window). so now I use the office. Even he understands how dangerous pointy objects for sewing are. Peace at last.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blzzrdqueen
    I have 4 cats, all of whom like to lay on top of high surfaces, like tables and ironing boards. I make them shoo off of these surfaces several times daily. My sewing room is my dining room, and I have my mini ironing board and my cutting mat and my box of current fabrics on my table and my sewing machine on a smaller desk. I'm forced to wipe down my surfaces and lint roll my ironing boards and I'm simply too lazy to put things away. How do you keep your kitties off work surfaces and ironing boards and where ever else they may lay?
    I have read where if you set several mouse traps and place newspaper over them, when the cat ups up the traps snapping should scare them. It might take several times to get them to learn.....or so I've heard and read.

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    I think you are confused...those are not your surfaces, they are only on loan to you occasionally. :-)

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    Try a spray bottle with water it has been the best way I have found to train cats to stay off tables, kitchen cabnets etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linsoblu
    Try a spray bottle with water it has been the best way I have found to train cats to stay off tables, kitchen cabnets etc.
    I used a water pistol with weak solution of vinegar and water to squirt the cat, cats do not like the smell. A whistle works as well.
    Havn't been able to train her not to stand on the phone when I am on it so have now have bought a cordless hand held phone.

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    OMG! These are your CHILDREN that you are talking about!!! Why would you even want to banish them. Fur is just the leavings of their love for you. LOL.

    I gave up a long time ago trying to keep my babies off the bed and table. I have never had a problem with them on my stove or counter tops. My baby Snoozer(now deceased) jumped on my counter one time after he adopted me and scared me so much that I screamed. He never did that again. I think I scared him more than he did me. None of my kitties have ever gotten on the table while we were eating tho. They only like to get up there when "daddy bear" (hubby) is reading the paper or we are doing a puzzle and then they got in the box with the pieces so we couldn't get them. Curled up and went to sleep. They were so cute. One cat I had -- a Maine Coon slept on the headboard every night.


    Quote Originally Posted by blzzrdqueen
    I have 4 cats, all of whom like to lay on top of high surfaces, like tables and ironing boards. I make them shoo off of these surfaces several times daily. My sewing room is my dining room, and I have my mini ironing board and my cutting mat and my box of current fabrics on my table and my sewing machine on a smaller desk. I'm forced to wipe down my surfaces and lint roll my ironing boards and I'm simply too lazy to put things away. How do you keep your kitties off work surfaces and ironing boards and where ever else they may lay?

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    poor baby

    Quote Originally Posted by debbieumphress
    Suggestion only. LOL

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    I gather you have EXPLAINED to them that they are not ALLOWED on these surfaces. You are only their HUMAN not to be taken seriously. I learned that when my baby brought me a sign for my bday that says "The CAT and his housekeeping STAFF live here" We just have to remember that WE do NOT have any say in anything. If you don't believe that, just ask them. They will give you "THE LOOK"

    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

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    Cat in the cage !!!!!!! Precious!!!!!!!!!!! :-P

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    I am fairly new to quilting but can already relate to some of the posted sagas. My Shadow was awful as I made my first quilt so I made one for her. She hates it.

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    Do as I do when I don't want kitty help...shut the door or put them outside. Also, teach them not to climb up on things....remember you're the alpha in control of the situation! :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfkitty
    If you don't want to put things away (like me), keep a sheet or old quilt or blanket handy to cover everything. That should help keep the hair off. Make sure to always put the same side on top, so you don't lay the hairy side against your fabrics.
    This is what I do, works well. Cat loves quilting too and I like his company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PKITTY1
    This will be a rather long post...read at your own risk!

    My cat trained herself. Once, I had my sewing machine set up on the dining room table. Pumpkin used to get up on the table. She would then knock items off and chase them. One morning, I got up to go to work. I got her food but I didn't see her. I then went into the bathroom to do the morning ritual. Pumpkin came to the door of the bathroom and fell over. I was horrified! It was the middle of National Laboratory Week. I was supposed to give a lecture that week on Mad Cow Disease. I had been researching the topic as well as other neuropathies. My first thought was she had MAD CAT DISEASE! I ran to my black long-haired cat to find....she had managed to wrap black thread all around her back legs. She had knocked a spool of black thread off the table and started to play with it. She had black thread wrapped around herself, the table legs, and one chair. She managed to make it down the hall to the bathroom door when she ran out of thread and fell over. Needless to say, it was a large spool of thread. Since then, she doesn't come near the sewing space. Unfortunately, I still can't make her leave the ironing board alone. It is the perfect height to watch the birds.
    I was trying to eat breakfast when I read your post. Had to set down my cereal bowl as I can't stop laughing!!!!! I can just picture it...

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    Here is my supervisor!

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    I love your kitty, I use to have one just like it, I had to have mine put down she was 18 yrs old, everytime I log on here and see yours it makes me think of mine sure do miss that old kitty. She went with us all over the country, when we went up to Canada she went with us. She love to ride in the car, she would get up behind the back seat and just lay there and never move.

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    [quote=cr12cats]I forgot wanted to suggest cats don't like mint so plant some mint on the side of a potted plant or a cotton balled saturated with mint oil or lemon oil or juice. quote/]


    Once I tried to grow mint in a couple of pots in the kitchen window. My cat kept chewing it to the dirt. He would smell like mint for a day or so after. It was then that we all knew the mint was being grown for HIM, not us. Needless to say mint growing in our house was not at all successful! :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingleberry
    Debbie you are so funny. My cockatiel is a lot bigger than that bird. I have 4 cats that share my sewing room and I run them out when I'm ready to sew. I only have 1 cat, the youngest that will get onto anything and everything when he feels like it, other cats look at him, like what are you doing? They learned a long time ago not to do dumb stuff like that. His name is Scammy, a large, not fat, 4 yrs. old, I chased him off about 6 places yesterday and finally stuck him in his large crate. After having to do this about 6 times, all I have to do is threaten to put him in the crate and he will straighten up for several weeks and then we start all over again. He is very hard headed. Crates solve lots of problems. Hubby calls it giving him a time out, like with kids, of course, with kids just making them sit on a chair.
    My ex hubby called it "Kitty Jail" Works wonders if you are more stubborn than your babies!!!

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    That is Peaches; he is the sweetest kitty you could ever imagine. I have two others; his sister Cuddles and then a big gray and white long hair that looks just like a Norwegian Forest cat. His name is Fella and he is 6 years old. Peaches and Cuddles are three. P & C were rescued from the nursing home where my dad is in Dripping Springs. The whole litter were orange and whites and I found homes for four of them. The other one looked exactly like Peaches but was the biggest in the litter. I am sure someone grabbed him too for they were the most adorable kittens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grannyp70
    I love your kitty, I use to have one just like it, I had to have mine put down she was 18 yrs old, everytime I log on here and see yours it makes me think of mine sure do miss that old kitty. She went with us all over the country, when we went up to Canada she went with us. She love to ride in the car, she would get up behind the back seat and just lay there and never move.
    You could be writing about my Krissy. We had to put her down in January. She was 19. She was with us longer than either of our kids! She too liked to travel and ride in the car. She rode on the center console and looked out the windshield as we went along. Also, she loved meeting people. One time we were camped in a huge campground near Yosemite. We appeared to have the place to ourselves except for one other camper quite a distance away. When we took her out for our walk, she was pretty insistent about going up to meet these folks so they could fawn over her and tell her how beautiful she was. We sure do miss her, but have great memories. She was quite a character.

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    I must be lucky. My cat doesn't bother anything in my quilting room. She may come in when I'm quilting, but then leaves and lays outside the door. I made her a small quilt for the couch and she seems to know that is hers. Once she did cozy up in my daughters quilt that I was quilting, but I think only because I had to leave it under the machine. It took several days to quilt (queen). Now when I'm sitting at the computer or watching TV, she demands to be on my lap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zyxquilts
    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.
    OK, I am laughing so hard here....
    I thought that zzyzx the cat was 'trained' not to jump on the kitchen counters, etc. too. She always had a collar on her with a bell, so that I would know where she was & wouldn't step on her.) One day I happened to walk into the kitchen ~ must have been walking very softly ~ and caught her on the counter! Never did figure out how she jumped up there without ringing the bell!!!
    What she was *actually* trained to do, was not be on any of the tables or countertops when I was looking !!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

    I agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CRH
    Quote Originally Posted by zyxquilts
    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.
    OK, I am laughing so hard here....
    I thought that zzyzx the cat was 'trained' not to jump on the kitchen counters, etc. too. She always had a collar on her with a bell, so that I would know where she was & wouldn't step on her.) One day I happened to walk into the kitchen ~ must have been walking very softly ~ and caught her on the counter! Never did figure out how she jumped up there without ringing the bell!!!
    What she was *actually* trained to do, was not be on any of the tables or countertops when I was looking !!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

    I agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    My cats have always been trained to stay off counters and dining tables. Still, sometimes when I approach, I hear them hit the floor as they jump off of something. Our old kitty, who's no longer with us, got a little dingy in her old age. (Just like the rest of us.) Sometimes I'd walk into the dining room and see her lounging on the table as bold as you please. I don't know if it was because she felt more entitled in her old age or if she didn't know the difference. I have the feeling it was the former.

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    Cat nip is part of the mint family. I wonder if that is why some kitties like it.

    [quote=Bev]
    Quote Originally Posted by cr12cats
    I forgot wanted to suggest cats don't like mint so plant some mint on the side of a potted plant or a cotton balled saturated with mint oil or lemon oil or juice. quote/]


    Once I tried to grow mint in a couple of pots in the kitchen window. My cat kept chewing it to the dirt. He would smell like mint for a day or so after. It was then that we all knew the mint was being grown for HIM, not us. Needless to say mint growing in our house was not at all successful! :roll:

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    You made my day with this story. I'm still laughing!

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    I normally don't allow them in my sewing room. one is let in occasionally because he just lays on my computer desk or in my chair. the other two just get into everything. i had one once that tried to "catch" the needle as it went up and down. i was scared that she would hurt her paw so i chased her out.
    We use a pop can with pennies in it. Shake it hard and say no. the trick in training is to make it uncomfortable enough for them that it sticks in their mind-i didn't like that spot. Our first couple of cats were bathed in the kitchen sink-even if you were holding them and ventured too close, they would claw and scrabble to get away. one had jumped up on the stove after the burners were off but still hot(unknown to us til we saw her paw kind of peeling) She wouldn't get anywhere near there. the can seems to work for tables and such-if you see them, but i have one that likes to stretch out with her claws in the furniture corners. haven't been able to break her of that yet. Darn!

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