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post #31 of 57
Only Swanie gets on the counters. I voted I let them do whatever they please, because it's a lost cause with him. He's not really allowed on the counter I use to cook on, but lately he's been getting up there, so he can hop to the fridge and onto the top of the cabinets. Usually he hangs out on the part that hangs out, like where you're supposed to eat at (which we don't). Neither DH or I are freaked out by cat hair (it's everywhere anyway).
post #32 of 57
As soon as they hear the garage door opener, all three girls run into the kitchen to greet me as I come in the back door. Lola is always waiting on the counter top by the back door. That seems to be the only time and the only one who gets on the counter. Maggie once got on the kitchen table to eat the tops off of some lemon poppyseed muffins I had cooling, but no one routinely seems to get on the kitchen table either. I voted that they do, but not when I'm cooking, because Cleo has rarely gotten up on the counter to look out the window over the sink. They are expressly forbidden to get on the stove, and nobody (thankfully) even tries to get up there.
post #33 of 57
I said yes except when I'm cooking, but it's not quite any of the items in the poll. I allow mine on certain portions of the countertop - the step-up bar counter is called "the cat walk" (it overlooks the large windows and bird feeders) and they can get on the counter to the right of the sink, which is far away from anywhere I cook.
post #34 of 57
Yes. However, Chynna is too old to jump on the counters. Abby only jumps on one part of the counter by the fridge and that is only to get up onto the top of the fridge and then the cupboards above.

I have a glass topped table and Abby loves to lay on it, and Chynna does too sometimes, but her favourite spots are usually lower to the ground, on me, or on the back of the couch near me.

I've never told my cats to get down from the counters. If they were both countertop kitties, I would enourage them to not be on them while I was cooking. Not only for hygenic reasons, but also for their safety. I'd hate to see them get hurt on the stove.
post #35 of 57
Pepper (aka Fat Cat) is always on the counters! I absolutely hate it, but can't get him to stop! He gets on the counter when I am cooking, when no one's in the kitchen, just whenever he feels like it! I HATE it! Petunia, on the other hand, is my wonderful well mannered kitty. Whie she has lapses once in a great while (twice since we have lived here), she rarely gets on the counter. I don't have a kitchen table anymore or I am sure Pepper would be on it too.
post #36 of 57
All of mine go on the counters.. its the only way for them to get to the 'cat walk' (plant shelves).

But we have two-in-one counters... its like a regular counter then raised 6" in the middle and then a breakfast bar... so they only go on the breakfast bar part, not the lower side where I cook. It's not a hygiene thing... my boys are just very nosy and I don't want to accidentally hurt someone if a little nose gets in the way while I'm slicing an onion or something.

So I voted "not while I'm cooking"
post #37 of 57
Our cats are trained to stay off the counters and dining room table. It takes persistance and consistency from the whole family but it starts the first day we get a new kitty. I cook all our meals and it is not sanitary to have litterbox feet where we prepare and eat food.
post #38 of 57
Oh poop! I voted for the wrong one. I voted they do what they please.

What I meant was Kitty is free to go in the kitchen as he pleases as thats where his food is but he never jumps up on the work tops. He`s very good like that

Maisie doesn`t go in that part of my flat.
post #39 of 57
no cats in the kitchen human only
post #40 of 57
they usually don't climb on the countertops or the dining table.
post #41 of 57
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
I believe my answer to your question would have to be:

Yes, my cats allow me in their kitchen.
Thats how it is here too But when I'm cooking- they know they aren't allowed up there

I wipe everything down daily with anti-bacterial spray before/after cooking- so everything is clean anyways, if they are up there or not!
post #42 of 57
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Originally Posted by Brandi View Post
LOL allow was a bit of a strong word for a cat..they generally do as they please..I know my babies do I just wipe down everything with clorox wipes before I cook an when guest are over I put them in their room until we eat
We know who the REAL rulers of the house are here, and guests do, too! Anyone who isn't prepared to acknowledge it is definitely NOT invited back
post #43 of 57
Thread Starter 
LOL thats the way my husband and I are if you dont like our babies dont come in our house My father in law hasnt been in our house since we bought it our the first one because he hates anything that isnt human...and it doesnt bother me at all In fact I think both me and my husband are happier for it! He doesnt get along with his dad all that well anyway and Ive never got along with his dad. His mom comes over quite a bit though she really likes the cats and the dogs calls them her grand"babies"
post #44 of 57
No I prefer they stay out of there until it's wet food time. Not that Georgie listens to me at all. She practically races you to it. I see evidence of gray or black fur on the counters all the time...so 3 of my kitties are suspects.
post #45 of 57
I'm not home 24/7 and can't keep them out of the kitchen. I keep a spray bottle of bleach solution, for wiping down the counters, before I fix food.
post #46 of 57
We keep them from going on there, however, they use them as the intial jupm before going on top of the fridge and eventually on top over the top cupboards that go all around the kitchen.
post #47 of 57
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brandi View Post
LOL thats the way my husband and I are if you dont like our babies dont come in our house My father in law hasnt been in our house since we bought it our the first one because he hates anything that isnt human...and it doesnt bother me at all In fact I think both me and my husband are happier for it! He doesnt get along with his dad all that well anyway and Ive never got along with his dad. His mom comes over quite a bit though she really likes the cats and the dogs calls them her grand"babies"
...awww, I feel sorry for the man. He's missing out on the most loving, loyal friendships he could ever have. Let's hope he wakes up and smells the catnip sometime soon, eh? (Let's work on him!)
post #48 of 57
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
No, i just don't think it's sanitary. Even if they're not up there when i'm cooking, i don't want fur on my counters if i can help it. My kitties have never tried to get up there though (except Isabella- to steal a massive chicken leg) so i don't really worry over it. If they get up there i just pick them up, tell them "no" and redirect them to another part in the house where they can play/lounge around and give them treats when they're in the places they're allowed so that they associate the spots i want them in as good places
I'm the same way. I can't stand them being on the kitchen counters or table. They can do pretty much whatever they want, but not there. I don't mind them walking through the kitchen and dining room, but I just can't handle them being near the food, where I cook, or where I prepare my baby's food.
post #49 of 57
They are not allowed on the counter and if they jump up, they get hollered at (usually do it when we are eating supper and not in the kitchen at the time).

We keep the dishes and counters clean so that kinda stops them from constantly jumping up there.
post #50 of 57
My cats are allowed everywhere in the house, includig on counters and tables, except when we are cooking (to avoid cat hair and for cat safety) and when ever my dad is eating at the table (he gets mad when the cats jump on the table during dinner)
post #51 of 57
Yes, but not when we are cooking.
post #52 of 57
I let my cat on the counter but only when I'm not cooking. He sheds so much it would be dangerous! LOL. The kitchen counters are Moonlight's favorite places to hang out.
post #53 of 57
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
I believe my answer to your question would have to be:

Yes, my cats allow me in their kitchen.
That's the first thing I thought of when I saw this thread! They both pretty much own the place, so I've given up trying. I clean everything before cooking as well. They will often try to come up while I'm cooking, but I just blow on their faces and they hop back down.

When guests come, they are usually busy hiding from or playing with the guests, so I don't have to worry about that so much.
post #54 of 57
It's impossible to keep them off the counters and table which is why I let them do it when I'm not using it.
post #55 of 57
I chose "they do whatever they please," but this really only applies to my oldest, Katie. She's terrible about getting up on the counter tops (she's notorious for stealing food and dive bombing into the trash can after) and considers the dining room table her own personal lounging area. She's the only of mine that does this, though, so no big deal.
post #56 of 57
I gave up that fight long ago. It was pretty futile trying to keep them down. Now one of them won't eat his wet food if I don't put it on the counter for him.

I voted "yes, but not when I'm cooking" I clean the counters/table before we use them. And usually when Nabu is done eating I also clean the counters.
post #57 of 57
No, when I see them on the counter tops I come over and tell em to get down... Usually this results in a meow aka "why mom" and then I just pick them up and place them on the floor. Ive had to do this many times in the past, and now they seem to know better. On rare occasion do I catch one of the kitties on the kitchen counters... However they do feel they are allowed to walk on our end tables and coffee table... I try to deter that as well since the tables are glass with a black finish (the black finish gets scratched up from their claws)... My cats are pretty good about what furniture is welcome to their use...
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