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VšnTillBruden Posts : 353 Registered: 1/16/10
Cats
Posted: Jun 21, 2010 10:48 AM

Hey ladies!

Well, I am the proud new mommy of two kittens! I get to take them home with me the second week of July, once they are ready to leave their mama. Two brother kittens, named Oliver and Ozzy.


They're both total sweethearts, already using the litterbox religiously, and they're very social & friendly. I've had cats before, but this will be the first time I've had them to myself. *:)


So here's my question for you ladies with cats: how can I encourage them to stay off surfaces like counter tops, tables, and my bed? I've heard of people DIYing spray solutions, but I'd really rather not spray something around my apartment that can stain fabrics or stink up my tiny, postage stamp sized apartment. Any good recipes? ((I don't really have access to those battery operated devices that keep cats off counters, either.))

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CheetahAngel Posts : 2,017 Registered: 11/29/08
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Posted: Jun 21, 2010 11:56 AM Go to message in response to: VšnTillBruden

How exciting to be getting your very own kittens! I love cats!

The way I keep my cats from certain spots is to spray them with water. But you said that you don't want to spray things. Another thing that works is loud noices. Cats hate loud noices! You can clap your hands loudly when they disobey or you can buy noisemakers at a party shop. Cats also don't like strong smells. Maybe you can also have them smell something strong like lotion. Goodluck! And remember that it will take some time for cats to be trained, but they are smart animals and eventually they will learn.

Do you have any pics of your kitties?

 

                           
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VšnTillBruden Posts : 353 Registered: 1/16/10
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Posted: Jun 21, 2010 1:58 PM Go to message in response to: CheetahAngel

Oh, no I'm fine with spraying water! I will spray any DIY solutions so long as they don't stink to high heavens or stain. *:P

And yes, I have one pic, for now...



http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs120.snc4/36345_440455570139_565185139_6195709_3564615_n.jpg


The yellow one is Oliver, the black & white one is Ozzy.

((Sorry I look so terrible - I'm currently fighting one doozie of a cold!))

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Lovetolaugh06 Posts : 11 Registered: 6/6/10
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Posted: Jun 21, 2010 10:05 PM Go to message in response to: VšnTillBruden

When my boyfriend and I got our kitty, we both did not want him going on the counters either. First we tried spraying him with water, but that did not work to well because he likes to play with water. So my boyfriend started to cover the counter with items so Draven couldn't get on top of the counter while we weren't home.

But then our kitty broke his hip when he was only about a year old (we got him at the age of 6 months). I noticed he was having trouble trying to jump into what we call his "condo" (a nice little house we built for him and yes he is very spoiled) and he was having trouble trying to jump up on the couch to lay with us. I took him to the vet the next day (because I was freaking out) and the vet took x-rays and showed it to me. The ball of his femur broke off completely and was floating in his body! I felt sooo bad for my baby!!!! We found out that he had a birth defect on that hip when he had surgery done, which caused it to break so we were terrified of him trying to jump up on anything, and our vet told us we needed to keep him from jumping up on to anything. We asked him how to do that and that is when he told us that cats do not like loud sounds, so we started to clap our hands and make loud noises every time he tried to jump up anywhere. We felt so bad because we had to block him out of his cat house for about a month and a half. But the fact that he broke his hip actually broke him of the habit of wanting to get up on the counters!!!

I know you won't have that exact situation to break them from that habit, but like others have said, try loud noises if you do not want to spray them. They will eventually learn...but if I were you, I would try to cover your counters as much as you can when you leave the house so they don't go up there while you are gone. Enjoy your new babies when you get to take them home :-)




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PharmToxGirl Posts : 5,446 Registered: 8/30/07
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Posted: Jun 21, 2010 11:37 PM Go to message in response to: Lovetolaugh06

My cats laugh at me when I make loud noises. LOL My older cats have learned but still test the line. The 'Kittens' who are almost 2 years old - not so much. They push that line WAAAY more.

Water bottles work well. My kittens weren't as affected as my older cats - so I've smacked butts where needed, sprayed and made loud noises.

now, the kittens know when they are doing something they aren't suposed to. they still do it until we catch them, but they do it less. (Counters are not a huge issue for us - i.e. they didnb't get up there much...)

But try to do everything you can.

 

 

 

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Lovetolaugh06 Posts : 11 Registered: 6/6/10
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Posted: Jun 23, 2010 5:23 PM Go to message in response to: PharmToxGirl

PharmToxGirl: Haha I am glad my cat is still afraid of loud noises. But you are right about them wanting to push the limits sometimes. The other day, my kitty was just about getting ready to jump up on the counter and I yelled no and snapped my finger at him. He looked at me, and then did the softest and cutest meow probably saying "But mom!! I want to go up there!!!" I laughed so hard....You are lucky that you do not have to worry much about your kitties wanting to go on the counter :-) And by the way, the kitty you have as your picture is so cute :-)

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NJ4Life Posts : 3,358 Registered: 8/10/07
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Posted: Jun 24, 2010 1:28 PM Go to message in response to: VšnTillBruden

I hae 2 cats myself (no longer kittens...tear) and we just never introduced them to the counters. They were crated for 4 weeks b/c they were feral, but after that, they never had any interest in the counters. Maybe you can try to keep things close to the edges of the counters in the beginning so it looks to them like they wont have room to jump up. MY cats dont go on the counters in our presence, yet I"ve seen them try when we are sitting right there. We squirt them and yell. So while i cannot attest to what they do when we are not home, while we are watching, they usually don't try it.

Now about the bed thing, they are going to want to be near you in bed...so I have no suggestions to that. Unless you are talking about when you are not home...in which you won't be able to control it unless you always keep the bedroom door shut. I actually think if you are talking about while you are IN bed and you yell or squirt them when they want to be near you, they may end up not being very close to you in general... So you'd have to always keep the door shut, but then you set yourself up for CONSTANT scratching and crying all night.

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PharmToxGirl Posts : 5,446 Registered: 8/30/07
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Posted: Jun 24, 2010 1:38 PM Go to message in response to: NJ4Life

We don't let our cats in the bedroom at night or any other time really. They rarely scratch or holler. The one remembers being allowed in there, but the others do not. So sometimes he hollers but rarely.

I think I may be developing an allergy to them, so not having them on my pillow and sheets is a good thing. Also, the kittens like to play on and around us at night. I can't deal with that.

So I work with a feral cat colony and this one catr wasn't that feral and I realized she had had kittens. We got them and her last night and this other lady was fostering them. Well, she's now not feeding them at all. So I'm getting the kittens from her tonight and I'll be feeding them/taking care of them until Monday when she can take them back. In the meantime, we're hoping to find another volunteer who can take them more or less full time.

I can't imagine that my DH is going to be too thrilled with this - oh well into each life.

 

 

 

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NJ4Life Posts : 3,358 Registered: 8/10/07
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Posted: Jun 24, 2010 1:50 PM Go to message in response to: PharmToxGirl

Right, ours didnt cry/scratch either until they were older. We didnt let them in our room when they were little and annoying and wanted to play at 2am. Now that they are bigger, they come in a bug us at 7am on Saturday/Sunday to eat. If I dont let them in, then they will cry at the door and that gets SO annoying. It's easier for me to push them off the bed 48 times then to deal with the meowing outside the door!

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PharmToxGirl Posts : 5,446 Registered: 8/30/07
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Posted: Jun 24, 2010 2:05 PM Go to message in response to: NJ4Life

Ours just don't meow at the door (aside from the one older one and that's maybe 2x a month now).

I don't sleep well at all, so I can't have the kittens (who are 2 and are really full gorwn cats) in there wreaking havoc. They don't sleep with us - they play and knock things over so I wake up. That coupled with my issues with cat hair on my pillow - they just stay out. Everyone's happier that way. :-)

 

 

 

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SarahSarah Posts : 93 Registered: 10/9/09
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Posted: Jun 25, 2010 3:25 PM Go to message in response to: PharmToxGirl

Cats enjoy being high up on surfaces, I would at least give them one place to perch on, and the rest is keep off.


I gave up with my cat Abraham - he eats his food on top of the washer/dryer (otherwise my dog will eat it and promptly throw up), he snoozes in the sinks, he lays on the dining room table, he sticks his furry catface on me in the morning, I've probably eaten cat hair, my fiance can't stand it and calls him Princess PoopyPaws...and I wouldn't have it any other way! =]

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