• How to keep Ebony off the counter top? and other mischief she does

    From My2Kitties@21:1/5 to All on Wed Jul 27 07:03:27 2016
    Hello, everyone. I have two indoor-only cats -- Blackie, a 4 year old
    neutered male, and Ebony, a year old spayed female. Has anyone found a
    way to keep my untrainable cat off horizontal surfaces such as the
    kitchen counter? Here's how Ebony's mind works, as described by a
    human. "Plan Zero = No Plan -- DO SOMETHING. Pounce on something, etc.
    Plan A: if thwarted by someone from doing No Plan Zero, Plan A is 'do
    the same thing again. Repeat Plan A 2-3 times, every time thwarted.
    Plan B: find another route to get at what I want to pounce on, then do
    it all over again till the human gives up or locks me in the other room
    till she's finished up with the thing I want to invade." Our situation:
    I'm home most of the time, pay lots of attention to them, play, pet
    them, have a terrific cat tree they love, a 3-foot high scratching post, windows the like to look out of, plenty of food and water, and really everything a royal pussycat would ever want or need. Blackie is very
    laid back, very sweet, and has overcome his rather shy ways, and is
    learning to cuddle more than he has been. Ebony is also a sweet kitty.
    She's never mean or aggressive. But she is curious about EVERYTHING.
    She literally "sticks her nose into everything." I've listed the various deterrents that work for different purposes, but have not found ANYTHING
    to keep her off the kitchen counter and the eating table. I tried the
    Ssscat device, but both times I got it, it was a dud and never would
    work. I got refunded. I bought an adjustable cat fence and it blocks
    access, but she immediately found a way to circumvent it. I plan to
    get a "clicker" but I can't be vigilant over the horizontal surfaces 24
    hours a day! It's beginning to "get to me" and irritate me. I have
    found three good deterrents, and have bought a small indoor cat fence.
    These three deterrents are: Comfort Zone Feliway Spray, Stress Reducing Pheromone. This is astronomically expensive for a small container! I
    hope to find an alternative that works as well as it does, due to cost.
    It works great for most soft fabrics like chairs and carpet. The
    second one is Bitter Apple spray. This works great to keep Ebony away
    from her love of chewing on electrical cords. (I have her a long piece
    of electrical cord for her very own – but she pays no attention to it.
    Sill, because of Bitter Apple, she leaves the “live” cords alone now.)
    A commenter on this site, or maybe another cat forum, recommended
    spraying lemon juice on my house plant. (I have a large list of
    non-toxic plants to cats and dogs). I tried this on my new shrimp
    plant, which she loves to eat and tear apart, but when I remember to
    spray it with lemon juice daily, the plant is saved. There's another
    great product which calms cats way down. I haven't tried it with Ebony,
    but I will. It's called Animals' Apawthecary Tranquility Blend. I've
    used it on another cat that was overly active, and it worked great. One
    full dropper on her side, which she loved to lick off, kept her calm for
    about 4 hours, and so I repeated the dosage 2-4 times a day.


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