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    Default jumping cats = total bastards

    the cats are assholes... no matter how often I remove them from countertops, kitchen islands or dresser tops where they should NOT be, they keep jumping right back up there... this evening one of the little bastards jumped up onto some cupcakes I had sitting on the counter, which pissed me off and distracted me from the cabbage I was trying to cut in half, causing me to slice my thumb

    the horrible little creature was right back up there in a minute... this time licking up the blood that I'd dripped across the counter

    a. are cats vampires?

    b. is there any way to keep them from jumping places where they shouldn't short of tying their tails to cannonballs or cutting off their feet?
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    Cats aren't assholes. They instinctively want to be AT THE HIGHEST PLACE. They share this instinct with big cats.

    Buy them kitty houses, towers, or some other tall object they are allowed to be on top of.

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    they have LOTS of high places that they are allowed to be... including some shelving systems taller than me! However, it is NOT acceptable to jump onto the counter and they can't seem to understand this... dogs are so much easier to teach
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    I'm a total bastard?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguar View Post
    I'm a total bastard?
    I'm sure that some people would think so, but I was referring to the type who are small and tend to meow around in people's houses and such!
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    they have LOTS of high places that they are allowed to be... including some shelving systems taller than me! However, it is NOT acceptable to jump onto the counter and they can't seem to understand this... dogs are so much easier to teach
    All of the cats in the house where I live were trained to stay off of food surfaces with water guns. I recommend them.

    But kittens can be a handful, if you've got young ones.

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    they're about 6 months old

    really though, NEVER destroy my cupcakes
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    Get a spray bottle and fill it with water. Or use a water gun, but a spray bottle will leak less and make less of a mess overall. Cats HATE water. If you spray them with a water every time they do something you don't want them to do, they will stop. And after the first couple of squirts, it's even usually enough to just shake the bottle (the sound alone starts deterring them).
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    I haven't known any vampire cats before. But I had a cat like this once (he was half-feral, so he was a scavenger and unfortunately, a vicious hunter too..). I dealt with it by pushing him straight off (in a rather rapid manner) whenever he would jump up and he soon learned not to do it. He still did it to others in the family who weren't so assertive though, so... The water method works too, except for the odd cat that actually likes water.

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    Cat's always like to have the highest elevation advantage for a reason:

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