Originally Posted by valanhb
However, as a behavioral modification tool it doesn't work effectively. What it teaches kitty is not to do that *when you are there*. But they are smart and will figure out quickly that the water comes from YOU, and it doesn't happen when YOU aren't there. It may make the person feel better because they don't see kitty on the counter, but kitty will most likely still be on the counter when you aren't there to catch them.
But isn't that true of most dissuasive action we take i.e clicking fingure, calling their name, or distracting them ? it only happens when we are there.
The pieplates on the unit would be ok when you are not there but my cats are pretty wise...they would probably knock them down to play with. Plus I am not sure I want pie plates all over my work tops.... by the time I have collected them up laid them out etc.. I may as well have just wiped the worksurface down.
It is pretty obvious that cats are cats and no amount of action taken will stop them walking on work tops if they want to, it is just something I have learnt over the years to accept and clean appropriately.
If I see them stealing or attempting to steal I remove them pretty much in the same way as any territorial animal will chase competitors from their food.
My cats do not see me as a threat or something to frighten them the opposite in fact they follow me around and still love me to bits, even if they have just been 'squirted' ..... and they know damned well it is me that has done it and they also seem to know why I did it.
They are always pretty cautious when attempting to steal not like before when they were kittens then they just used to go right in and take what they wanted. In those days they did not know the rules, these days they do.
If we are eating they sit and watch from a distance, no more climbing on the plates or table. When we are finished they jump up knowing that they will get the scraps....if they can get there befor Jessica