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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 4:22 am 
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Urgh...Leo is a peristent little snot when it comes to people food. He likes the weirdest stuff too, he loves cottage cheese, strawberries, tomatos, and any type of meat especially. I am forever catching him up on the counters trying to get to our food when I am trying to prepare it even! I scold him, and set him down or even squirt him with water but only deters him for oh...maybe 5 seconds and he's right back at it. He also is keeping me on my toes with cleaning the dishes directly after meal time otherwise he is in the sink licking them clean. Any suggestions for keeping this little bugger off the sink and out of our food? I am scared he'll get sick or eat something poisionous! Other than that he is fun, and cute, and wonderful but his is certainly full of mischief!


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 7:36 am 
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when you are prepping food, eating, etc., put him in another room. He will complain to start with but will soon learn this is time out time

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:33 am 
I must say i don't like cats in kitchens at all thats why i've put a door on mine to keep my boy out. Your the boss so keep him out :D


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 10:13 am 
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Our house is all open plan, so short of putting Linden in the bedroom or bathroom we really can't keep her out of the kitchen. She loves to try to do the same things too.

We have found quite a lot of success with putting a high stool on the other side of our kitchen bench so that we can stand on one side and prepare and she (AND our other two cats) can crowd around on the stool and watch. Occasionally someone gets excited and tries to jump on the bench, but we've also found that adding a water spray bottle to the mix (just sitting innocently on the bench top and pointing at the cat stool!!) helps immensely.

If you don't have a high stool, can you maybe move one of the cat trees nearby so that he can at least be at a good height to see what he's missing out on? He *might* just be really nosey and seeing is enough to distract him. If you can't (or don't want to) lock him away elsewhere, it might be worth a try =)


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 12:25 am 
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I hate that about Benji! I can put him off the counter a hundred times in a row and he still will jump up for the 101st time. After several scoldings, I just put him in the basement - where his food and litter is. :x He can be a HUGE pain in the butt with food - so all food has to be eaten at the table - no snacking on the couch if the cat is out. I wish some one would post a good way of training them to stop. I'll keep checking here to see is anyone has any ideas to share.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 4:41 pm 
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Can't really help, mine seem to have understand there's no sneaking on the counter... well, Onyx sometimes try but if I put him down, he doesn't come back, and Chaos can't jump anyway ;) (but he likes to watch me washing the dishes so I put him on the counter next to me :lol: ).

And Onyx waits until we've finished eating to have a look at our plates... now at least :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 7:51 pm 
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Well with Zebedee my breeder had already got into the habit of saying a firm 'no' and then placing him down from the worktop whenever he jumped on. She advised me to continue doing the same even if I was tempted to keep him around me whilst in the kitchen otherwise he would always assume he had free roam. So I did. And it's worked!!! :)

Occasionally if he smells something tempting (fresh chicken is his favourite) and prepares to jump onto the worktop I just have to say 'Zebedee no!' firmly but without raising my voice and it always works. As a reward I then give him some chicken (I always buy him some with ours anyway), stroke him and say 'Zebedee good boy' - he loves it!! He turns into a purr machine whilst eating his chicken and then has no interest in our food - my breeder also said because cats get so excited by all the different smells around our dinner time we should feed them at the same as when we're sitting down to eat because then even if they do finish before us and roam into the dining area they'll be too satisfied to be tempted by our food..so i've done this since day 1 and amazingly, it actually works!! :)

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 3:46 am 
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thats a good tip zebedee,

Mitzy jumped onto my lap the other day and found herself standing in a plate of beans on toast, so we now sit in the kitchen at the table with the kitchen door closed, which is hard if they are outside as they use the kitchen window to get out... :D

Mitzy jumps up on the bench when your preparing food too, its so annoying, its going to be hard to say no at her jumping up when she has to jump up to get out into the enclosure.

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