I completely understand the concerns behind the squirt bottle, and am glad people have voiced them so that others can make their own judgement call as to whether they are comfortable using them or not. I'm not going to get into that debate tho, but will say that I have used them and if I could do so safely with these 2 lil boogers, then I would.... but I can't so tis not an option in my current issue.
Tape: thx for the warning..... Tape is a way to catch escaped snakes as well, but it is dangerous too. Again, the info is appreciated.
Counter alternatives: They have one..... a freezer right next to the counter so they can bask in the sun, or look outside. When Brandy was alive, Kizzy was fed on that freezer and we don't mind the kitties on the freezer. Easiest way to explain my kitchen is via a pic:
Right where the counter meets the freezer, I keep the squirt bottle and scratch deterrant spray. (that keeps Kizzy from getting on the counter.... he doesn't jump up, but has tried to wander from freezer to counter.... however just keeping the bottles there keeps him off the counter)
They seem to jump up by the sink area or the one end of the counter where our scrap bucket, recycles and asst. things are kept. The scrap bucket has a lid, and is taken out once a day to be dumped in compost. The recycles are taken out as well.... although I've been getting my daughter to do it 2x/day instead of her normal "at chore time" since I caught the kitties with a sharp tin tuna lid on the floor and got worried bout them cutting their tongues.
For the most part, the dirty dishes are put in the dishwasher....but at times they are on the counter (ones that can't go in the washer). Having a pristine counter is not an option for our family.
All I can say, is the kitties on the counters NEEDS to stop. It is NOT acceptable in my home, and if it continues, my husband will be quite upset (not an animal lover at all, and cats with litter box feet on counters/table does not sit well with him, nor does it sit well with me).
Thanks for all the great info and suggestions.... I was going to try the tinfoil last night but don't have enough.... so if I can make it to the store today, I'll try the tinfoil and cookie sheets.