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merrihart
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« on: September 25, 2010, 03:04:25 PM »

Kind of in the same venue as our "No Countertops" discussion.

Bucky was/is a climber, not a jumper.  He could climb almost anything when he was younger.  Once I found him in this maple tree over the drive way, just out of reach.  When I went to get the ladder, he followed me.  This is why I called him Buckaroo.   Tongue

Egyptian Maus are capable of jumping up to six feet, according to the CFA site.  'Bisi is already going verticle, and today she achieved the top of my book shelf (4 feet), but she used the clavicord (3ish feet) from the window sill (2.5 feet?), and can now jump from the shelf, down to my computer desk.



She's gonna be able to jump up onto the kitchen counter soon.  And the top of the TV.  And a stand still jump from the floor to the top of the sofa (high back).  But she still climbs if it's climbable (the bed).

I need to teach her what things she can jump on and what she can't.  Like I said, this is the same venue as the "No Countertop" rule.  :p  She already has conquered the bathroom sink.

So why does she prefer to climb?  I tried to get her to jump for toys, and she just waits for them to hit ground.  Wanted to help her strengthen those hind leg muscles.
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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2010, 10:02:22 AM »

Georgy can now reach kitchen counters (& everything else). Nothing I've tried has worked. I'm very open to suggestions.

Sylvester had no interest in kc's, so I haven't had to deal with this in many years. Issues include garbage scavenging (garbage was moved from the floor to a bag in the kitchen sink when I got them), knocking things on the ground (including a blender) & he knocked a 30 year old plant from the window sill to the sink, which just about took out the plant. I also have no idea if my 2 plants are poisonous to kitties as no other cat I've ever had has paid any attention top them. 
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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2010, 02:40:00 PM »

Geff, we've used a couple things in the past.

flyswatter:  Hit the counter with the fly swatter, yelling "bad counter!", then cuddle the cat explaining that the cat got the counter in trouble.  use this "don't get the counter in trouble" line whenever they look like they are going to jump up.  "No, Georgy, don't get the counter in trouble, I'll have to get the flyswatter out."  I think it's important to use the key word flyswatter too.

spray bottle of water:  When he gets on the counter, spray with water.  Nothing else is really required, but this has the draw back of not working when you aren't home.  If he comes to associate the spray bottle with you, he'll just engage in the behavior while you are away.

Can of noisy stuff:  I've seen other members here mention the can of coins/rocks/keys/whatever rattles.  A loud noise to startle the kitty when he engages in bad behavior. 

Also, I think a bit of positive enforcement when he gets off the counter might be good.  A little treat for obeying you. When you see him looking up and then deciding not to jump up, that's definitely a time for positive reinforcement.

Do these things work?  I'll let you know when I have to start doing it myself!  LOL

The flyswatter worked with Bucky when he was a kitten.  He often got the kitchen table in trouble and we'd have to punish the table.  But he was a very sensitive kitten.  Once, he climbed up my wool coat and I yelled at him, he went into the bathroom and sat in the corner of the shower.  It was rather funny, but I had to go reassure him, I didn't want to give him ulcers.   Undecided
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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2010, 04:22:58 PM »

I can relate to sensitive. I yelled at Georgy quite a bit yesterday about the sink & counters, & while fine last night he was a basket case the first half of today.

As I used to say, Sylvester made up for his health issues by having almost no behavior problems. I was very spoiled in that sense.
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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2010, 06:39:43 AM »

LOL Merrihart, Sophers is three and we are still trying to teach her....or she is teaching us.. Cheesy  More pics please!
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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2010, 08:57:00 PM »

I haven't tried these, but I hear that tin foil on the surface, cleaning it with citrus-smelling stuff, or one of the Glade motion-detecting air fresheners will work.
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« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2010, 09:05:43 PM »

There are cat repellant sprays that you can spray onto a cloth and put it anywhere that you don't want the cat to be.  I think most of them are citrus based, and cats apparently hate the smell of citrus.
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« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2010, 10:23:42 PM »

My cat isn't even 6 months old shes a teeny kitten too....but she can leap like you would not believe...my husband is 6 feet 2 and had to get on a ladder for this.....good luck cause  mine is setting the rules here not us lol


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« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2010, 10:37:33 PM »

It appears that my deep frying days are done............. Georgy will not hear no on the stove.
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« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2010, 11:37:18 PM »

Geff,
That can be dangerous.  You are going to have to be consistent and keep physically removing him from where he shouldn't be along with a very firm NO!  Hopefully, eventually he will learn.  The key can be being very consistent so that he knows you mean business.  Good luck!  I know it isn't easy and takes lots of patience.  But, kittens do grow up and many of the kitten bad behaviours will get better (you hope!)   Wink
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« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2010, 04:44:36 AM »

It's cool Mewsette likes it high Smiley  'Bisi has been checking out the top of the fridge whenever I lift her to my shoulder in the kitchen.  I'm expecting havoc any day now.

Geff, definitely be persistent with Georgy.  The stove is a dangerous place for any kitty, but he seems farm more curious than Dolly, so you will need to help him learn the stove is not a safe place to be.  Have you got a spray bottle yet?
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« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2010, 05:33:38 AM »

Well, Geff, no deep frying is probably healthier for you anyway  Grin, but you do need to keep Georgy safe.  Have you looked into those barriers that fit around the top of the stove and sort of fence it in?  Some people use them for persistent toddlers.
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