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Driving us nuts!!

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I haven't asked many questions for a while but I need some problems to be solved.

First off - How do I stop them pulling up the carpet? I used some spray to stop Lexi from scratching the sofa and that worked, but will it work on carpet?

And the next thing is the kitch worksurfaces. The coin trick doesn't work, what is you opinion on the water bottle trick? Is there anything else I can try? I went throiugh a whole week of putting them down and treating them but it hasn't worked. Because Links is long-haired, the hair on the surfaces is a nightmare.

Please help us.
post #2 of 11
Try foil on the counter. I've used that before and it worked.

Good luck!!
post #3 of 11
Radar was driving me mad pulling up the bedroom carpet by the door and chewing at it, it's way too late for the carpet now but I was worried about him swallowing bits of it so tried the bitter apple spray - worked a treat, he wouldn't even go near it! You need to refresh it every so often, and of course test it on a hidden bit first to make sure it's not going to stain.
post #4 of 11
Hennessy actually likes the bitter apple stuff. Thankfully he doesn't have an interest in most of the carpet (just the rug in the kitchen)
post #5 of 11
The spray you used on the sofa would probably work on the carpet.

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Originally Posted by sadieandziggy View Post
I went throiugh a whole week of putting them down and treating them but it hasn't worked.
A week really isn't very long for persistent cats

I don't like the water bottle, you have to be careful where you spray them and cats can turn & move so fast you might accidentally get them in the ears.

I agree with trying tin foil. Double sided tape or Sticky Paws
post #6 of 11
What spray did you use on the sofa? I might try some and I'd like to know a brand that has worked for someone.
post #7 of 11
Buy a horse hair foot mat from Wilkinsons. Mine have one in the spare room where their litter boxes are and they pull their claws on that.

For the kitchen counters i always have a pack of those Dettox antibacterial wipes to hand for a quick wipe over which only takes seconds.

I wouldn't use the water bottle though
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
Andy is the one who finds it a problem the most, but he's not trying to follow what I'm doing!!! That is so frustrating.

I've been doing the NO thing now since I posted, and they seem to be getting it, but Andy just grabs them and puts them down and shout at them, rather than just saying NO and putting them down.

Getting there though!
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by sadieandziggy View Post
Andy just grabs them and puts them down and shout at them, rather than just saying NO and putting them down.
Sadie after what you've went through with Andy is this not your house?
post #10 of 11
For the counters:
I know that this might not be a popular option, but the "Scat Mats" (I got mine from Foster and Smith) worked wonders for my cat when I was living with my parents. They give a little shock (like a static-cling type) when the cat steps on them. After a week, we didn't even plug them in, my cat just avoided them.
Good luck!
post #11 of 11
We had one cat that was awfully persistent about counters. And let me say right here, if you can't live with the cats getting on the table or counters occasionally, you're always going to have problems.

However, I put wide masking tape on the edges of the counters, sticky side up. He jumped up on it a couple of times, and that was the end of that. They REALLY don't like it! I put it on in lengths of a couple of feet, turning down the ends so it stayed stuck in place (at least, until a cat jumps on it).
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