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post #31 of 49
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Originally Posted by AMYSCRAZY View Post
I just cant stand the thought of cat hair and paws anywhere near food prep surfaces. I had dinner at a friends house once and there was cat hair in the food- I was so grossed out!
If you've found a way to keep cat hair out of food please let me know! Cat hair always gets in my food and it's not from the counters. It's just sort of "there"! It gets on and in everything.
post #32 of 49
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Originally Posted by urbantigers View Post
If you've found a way to keep cat hair out of food please let me know! Cat hair always gets in my food and it's not from the counters. It's just sort of "there"! It gets on and in everything.
I like to bring baking into work on occasion. I was SO embarrassed the first time I did after I adopted my cats when someone told me that they found some cat hair in there. Mine aren't allowed up on the counters (well, they jump up, I put them down. Repeat 1 million times) so I don't know how they managed to get hair in there.
post #33 of 49
In our house our cats are never allowed on the counter top or the table. Occassionally they will jump up on the table, but we always tell them no and they know better. We have never had an issue of them jumping up on the counter. The reason we don't allow them on anything around food is because it's bad enough I can't keep cat hair off of my clothing, but I do not want it anywhere near my food.
post #34 of 49
Buffy hops on the counter any time she wants, but Molly only hops up when she's worried that I'm not preparing her food properly (usually happens when she's most hungry, like every morning when I get up late, lol). I personally don't care, they don't get into trouble (since Molly's so big, I simply place her on the floor so I have room to move around, but Buffy usually hops onto the fridge immediately). I don't worry about their litter-box feet touching the counters because they the counters are wiped down every day anyways, and I never prepare food on the counters (always on a plate, or a bread board). My family, on the other hand, thinks I'm commiting some sin by letting Buffy hop up so much, lol
post #35 of 49
~Hmm so nobody has cat nappers when it comes to eating? I have 3 kids and they constantly have kids over after school so everyone is snacking/drinking and my 2 cats, even the Yorkie does it if she thinks she wont get caught, but they will just jump up on the coffee tables/end tables and have a go at whatever is sitting there. My daughter was eating cookies and milk and she went to the bathroom to cum back to Oreo dipping his tongue in her milk. (weird but expected...Oreo and MILK??) but my cats are CRAZY!

Throughout the night I hear them running a muck in the kitchen, knocking things over off the pantry, unrolling toiletpaper/napkins, getting in the rolls of garbage bags, playing with the cerial boxes lol I mean you name it they get into it. We have 5 computers in my house and at least 2 of them have weird things going on every morning because the cats get up on the keyboards and take naps, play with the keys etc. I actually had a notepad pulled up one morning. I had convinced myself they were trying to leave me notes "Hey Mom the cat food you buy us is OKAY but umm how about you take it up a notch and give us TUNA....BAMMMM~ lolol

Weird thing is they dont mess with the fish and the fist tank, nor the Hedgehog who is up half the night, just things you wouldnt expect them to play with.~
post #36 of 49
I did a poll on this a few months back cause I was curious about the answer. Here's the link to that thread:

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...ll+cat+counter

And yes, more people allow their kids on the counters than those that do not.
post #37 of 49
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Originally Posted by deljo View Post
My Sweetie loves the kitchen table and microwave top. Her other favorite is the sink. She jumps on the stove then into the sink. I don't cook hardly ever so the stove is never hot. I've given up in trying to make her stay down. She lays on my newspaper when I'm reading it on the table. I do use the sanitizing wipes. My other cat pretty much stays on the floor. I don't feel Sweetie is a health hazard. She sleeps on my pillow with me. She's currently in the hosp. and when she comes home she can go anywhere she wants.
Well Sweetie is home and she must have read my original post. I said when she comes home from the hosp. she could go anywhere she wants. She jumped up on the entertainment center where I have lots of Hummels and precious moment figurines. I had to move all. I have no kitchen counters so she can't jummp there . Just the table, microwave and dishwasher. She is stubborn and no matter how many times I get the water bottle she goes right back up.
post #38 of 49
Well, I guess I gave up on that battle long ago.........chalk up one more victory for the cats . I use the Clorox wipes ALOT to keep the counters wiped down & disinfected. I don't allow them up there when I'm preparing food or have the stove on (for their own safety).

I figured it didn't do me any good to enforce "rules" that will most assuredly be broken the minute I leave the house .
post #39 of 49
Well my dog knows how to get on the counters and I hate that but she is always knocking things off and breaking them. I would much rather Tavia get up there but she isn't interested in it atleast when she walks around the tv stand she never knocks stuff down. And she isn't interested in human food she turns her nose up to it.
post #40 of 49
Our cats have full run of the house, I clean off the counters and dining table before I prepare food with a disinfecting cleaner. Having cats pressures me to keep the house cleaner, probably a good thing! One of our cats like to sit atop the :censor::censor::censor::censor:. In fact she jumped down from there once onto a tray of cookies Kim was frosting, had to throw that batch out.
post #41 of 49
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Originally Posted by russ0268 View Post
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Who thinks this is ok?
I have never liked my cats up on the kitchen counters or tables. Cats can be very clean, but to think of feet that were just in the cat box may now be on my counters, yuck. I mean you won't put your dog on your counters would you? Now I'm not so stupid to think they might not get up there when I'm not home. But at least they are smart enought not to do it when I'm around. And I try to provide many other places for them to jump up.

Thought this could create an interesting discussion. Just looking for different view points.

Laurie
Persi does. And Persi goes wherever he wants except the cooktop. I would not know how to prepare a meal without Persi right there helping me!
post #42 of 49
my cats are not allowed on the computer desks and the dress my tv sits on. they are not allowed on the counters but there is only one with the sink so they got that really fast. they are allowed on the table because we don't eat off the table. and the divder in the living room/kitchen. they also are allowed in the bathroom sink and the bathtub. But Squeak LOVES the bathroom sink! he sits there ever time I go in there and waits for me to play with him or brush him.

this is a video of him playing in the sink.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkAvzr3Miws
post #43 of 49
The kitchen table is only out of bounds when it's set or we're eating. Our cabinets are laid out in an "L" shape. Jamie is allowed on one "leg", and prefers to eat up there, but isn't permitted on the other "leg", where the stove, sink, and food preparation area are, mainly because I don't want him accidentally getting burnt.
post #44 of 49
I too have pretty much given up on trying to keep them off the counters. I do, however, draw the line if they try to get near the stove. Even if it's not hot, I don't want that to become a habit.
post #45 of 49
I'm not a big fan of cats on tables and counters at all!!! There feet are pretty gross if you think about it! We had one cat when I was a kid that would get on the counter and knock everything glass off!!! We used to put tape, sticky side up, on the counter....it was so funny to see her in the morning when she had been playing on the counter over night. She eventually learned that jumping on the counter = sticky tape on her feet and legs!
post #46 of 49
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Originally Posted by EnzoLeya View Post
I'm not a big fan of cats on tables and counters at all!!! There feet are pretty gross if you think about it! We had one cat when I was a kid that would get on the counter and knock everything glass off!!! We used to put tape, sticky side up, on the counter....it was so funny to see her in the morning when she had been playing on the counter over night. She eventually learned that jumping on the counter = sticky tape on her feet and legs!
Aww, come on, when's the last time you looked at your feet?
post #47 of 49
My cats pretty much go where the please. The domestics are one thing, but try telling a bobcat he or she can't be on the counter or table
post #48 of 49
My cats go anywhere they like.

Abby leaps up on the kitchen counter to get to the top of the fridge and subsequently onto the top of the cupboards. Other than that she doesn't roam around on the kitchen counters.

Both cats like to lay on the dining room table because it's glass and it's cool and it's in a spot where they can see me when I'm in the kitchen or living room, or they can look out the window.

Chynna is too old and fat to jump up onto counters, but she likes to go and sleep in the bottom cupboards. So when I use any bowls or pots from there I wash them both before and after I use them. It's a bit of a pain but if my kitty is happy that's all that matters.

I don't see anything wrong with cats being on the tables or counters. Just get in the habit of wiping down the surface before you use it. It's become habit for me. I even do it when I'm at someone's house and helping them with dinner, LOL

The only time they aren't allowed is when I'm actually cooking or eating at the table.
post #49 of 49
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Originally Posted by Persi View Post
Aww, come on, when's the last time you looked at your feet?
We also don't lick our feet and private parts to clean them because it would make us sick...well...and we might not be that flexible hah
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