Originally Posted by imsandiluv
I've been trying to teach my kitties to stay off the countertops and table but they won't stop jumping up. I've used a spray bottle, I've tried clapping loudly and saying no in a loud voice and nothing is working. What should I do?
I ring a hand bell, say NO ABI in a serious but not angry voice and if she doesn't respond I immediately put her on the floor. Once she is on the floor I tell her she is a good girl.
I must admit though that it really has very little to do with me. This is the most amazingly well behaved cat. And she understands many short sentences like "go get it" "pouncey treat", "No. Abi", "where's Abi?" - (she meows to tell me) and of course "good girl" which i use frequently.
Personally I think the secret is to work hard to understand your cat and its body language, rarely impose your will unless it is in the best interest of the cat, and use tons of praise affection and closeness when the cat demonstrates interest in getting it. or maybe I just lucked out with a little piece of fluffy heaven.