Originally Posted by strange_wings
Accept it and just keep things put up, covered, and the counters clean. IMHO, this is how a kitchen should be kept anyways. They can't make the counter surfaces any dirtier than they already are, so you must wash those to begin with before preparing food.
Life's short. You could lose one of your kitties tomorrow, so it's not worth battling over who's territory the counters are.
I have my table sitting in front of the two dinning area windows. It's specifically pushed up to the wall so they can sit and look out. I also let them up in the kitchen window - though that backfired on Sho the other day. The counter was a little wet and I was washing dishes. He slipped.
I don't object to the cats being on the counter so much, but I really want to keep them away from the stove top. They don't seem to have any sense of when something is hot.
Last week I caught Lion (11-week-old kitten) sitting on the counter right next to the stove watching the eggs boil. He wasn't trying to dip his paws or nose into the boiling water, but he was a little too close for my comfort. Then a couple of days ago he was walking across the stove, actually brushing up against a teapot that was on a burner turned on high heat.
The problem with them eating on the counter was that only half the dishes were on the counter. The rest were on the stove because I'd run out of room.
My kitties like to sit in the kitchen window, too. Of course they have to go across the sink to get there and manage to get their feet wet about half the time. Just watch out if I try to put one of them in the sink intentionally for a bath.
Originally Posted by Natalie_ca
My cats have the run of the house. Anywhere they can get to is fair game. So far as the kitchen counters go, I've never really had that problem with my cats. When Chynna was younger she would jump onto one spot on the counter by the fridge, go up onto the fridge and then to the top of the cupboards. As she's gotten older, she prefers lower surfaces. Abby did the same, and even now at 10 years she no longer does even that.
However, both like to go into the pots cupboard, so I've learned that I have to wash my pots before and after cooking
. It's a small price to pay for all of the love and companionship they give me.
Both do like to get onto the kitchen table though. They can get to it easily using a stepping method from the floor, couch, window sill, and finally the table. I don't even mind that so long as they don't do it while I have company over for dinner. And they're pretty good about that.
My kitties love the cupboards, too. I just don't tell my family when the come over that the pots and pans have kitty pawprints on them. As long as nobody else is in the kitchen I can get them washed before using without any comments.
Shareena also likes to climb up inside the cupboard and get into the silverware drawer from behind. It's so shallow she can't get herself turned around to get back out. Then I hear this pitiful little mew asking me to open the drawer.