The drawback here is that cats can slip in the water, so if your cat is old or not especially spry, it would probably be better to avoid this method, as they might slip and hurt themselves. String a line of twine across the access point where your cats usually jump onto the counter. Attach one end of the string to empty cans that can be easily knocked over. If you position it just right, a cat jumping onto the counter will move the string enough to knock over the cans, creating a startling noise that will deter him or her from jumping up there again. For an even more startling noise, add coins or other small objects to the cans.
Place double-stick tape on the surface where the cat is not allowed to go. The tape can be lightly applied in just a couple of spots to hold it on, then, when the cat jumps upon it, it will stick to his or her paws, deterring them from going there again. Cats are easily distracted and annoyed by objects that stick to them, so the double-stick tape should be effective. You can also try putting aluminum foil on surfaces. The noise will deter cats should they land on it. Buy devices designed for startling cats and put them on the counter.
These devices startle cats with loud noises, unexpected movement, or double-sided tape. There is quite a market for these types of deterrents, so do some research to see what works. Motion-activated air blasters are one example of electronic devices meant to deter cats from countertops or other unwanted surfaces or areas. A motion sensor detects the cat in the off-limits area and immediately sprays the animal with a strong gust of air, startling them. Motion-activated alarms are another device that can help deter cats from countertops. A motion sensor activates a loud alarm that startles the cat and alerts the owner. Some motion-activated alarms are pressure sensitive, so they are activated when the cat touches them or what they are positioned under.
There are even mats that are pressure sensitive that you can roll out on the countertop so they will be triggered when the cat lands on them. Silent motion-activated alarms provide a less bothersome alternative to other motion-activated alarms. These alarms emit a tone of such a high pitch that they are inaudible to humans and even dogs, but they will deter cats. Textured mats are a harmless deterrent that require no electricity, batteries, or compressed air. These mats are simply-textured with a minimally-pointed nub that is uncomfortable for the cat to tread upon. Encountering them, the cats will generally jump off. Conceal yourself from the cat’s view and use a noisemaker of some kind as soon as you see the cat jump on the counter.
There are many noisemakers from which to choose, and there are even some that are manufactured for this specific purpose. An air horn can be an effective way of startling the cat enough to get them off the surface from which they are banned if you can catch them in the act and remain concealed. Just be sure the air horn you choose is not so loud the you damage the cat’s or you own hearing. Some manufacturers have created air horns that are loud when activated, but that also spray a pheromone which further deters the cat from unwanted behavior. Give cats acceptable alternatives to satisfy their natural instincts to climb and jump. Place vertical cat furniture near windows. Cat trees, cat condos, or climbing posts give cats a place to climb, perch, and survey their surroundings.
Being near the windows allows them to look at natural prey, which satisfies their curiosity and stimulates them to the point that they will be less likely to jump onto countertops and other surfaces. Cat shelves are padded surfaces attached to the insides of window sills. Like cat trees and other cat furniture, cat shelves satisfy curiosity while stimulating your pet at the same time. Choose windows with good sun exposure, as cats do like to lay in the sun, and the cat shelf is a great place to do so in a window that gets a lot of sunlight. Give cats an assortment of toys to play with on the floor. If you can keep your cat interested enough in toys that stay on the floor in particular, you may also be able to keep them from becoming interested in jumping onto countertops. Change the available toys occasionally so they don’t get bored and start jumping on counters for new stimulation.
Many cats like simple toys, like small, fake mice that you can throw across the room for them to chase—they may even bring them back to you! Some cats will inevitably avoid expensive toys and play instead with empty plastic bags, boxes, laundry baskets, etc. Experiment with different types of toys to see what you cat likes before you buy an expensive toy. Many cat toys are now electronic, with toy mice that run around a track or even ones with wheels so they can roll across carpeting or other floors on their own. Still other toys incorporate LED lights and other technology. These toys can be very stimulating for cats, thereby keeping them off off-limits surfaces like countertops. Provide a variety of cat beds in warm, sunny sites inside your home. Cats particularly enjoy beds in which they can «nest» or burrow. Cats sleep 16-20 hours per day, which is a lot of time they won’t be interested in jumping on countertops. If you give them especially inviting spaces in which to sleep, you’ll be encouraging them to sleep in these spaces and not on countertops. You’ll also be helping to ensure they are taking full advantage of sleeping time and not seeking out new stimulation around the house—such as on the countertops. Put your cats in another room while you’re cooking. This is so they don’t become curious about what is on the counter from the smell of food coming from there.