The other day I came home to the somewhat hilarious but also disturbing evidence that my cat had been investigating the kitchen counters and stovetop. Do you have cats? How do you prevent them from hanging out on kitchen surfaces? Earlier that day some work had been done on our apartment and my cat's feet were dirtier than usual, thus leaving such clear evidence. Just in case this has been happening regularly, I think it's time to reach for my arsenal of preventative tools...
• Aluminum foil: Cats are averse to the sound and texture of aluminum foil, so you can use it to cover the borders of counters to discourage them from jumping. My cats usually get the message after a couple attempts.
• Double-sided tape: Same concept as the aluminum foil. Put unpleasant sticky tape on surfaces you don't want cats to touch. (This works for upholstery, too.)
• Blender Defender: One cat owner rigged an elaborate motion-detecting blender to teach his pet a lesson! No, I wouldn't do this, but I admit it's amusing.
Finally, of course, it's important to keep surfaces free of tempting food and dishes.
Do you have any other tips to share?
Related: Curious Cats: How to Keep Pets Away from Food
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