If the dog tries to climb on the table or stove, you will definitely hear. And if you are not at home at this time, then the consequences will be noticeable. But cats are a completely different story. Particularly dexterous people manage to do this to the owners quietly and without evidence.
The owners are well aware that these cunning and curious “barbarians” from the feline family must stick their noses everywhere. But walking on kitchen surfaces is very unhygienic since these paws are not found anywhere! Before I came across this article, I just wiped all kitchen surfaces every time before cooking or slicing something. Now I will experiment and really hope that among these options there will be one that will discourage my cat from all the desire to poke his nose and paws where it should not.
Aluminum foil. Doesn’t work on all cats, but it’s worth a try. It is not necessary to cover absolutely all surfaces; it is enough to put it in the place that the cat uses with its launch pad. These are usually the edges of the table and slab. Do not use it on cats that like to chew on aluminum or plastic!
Double-sided tape. Stick it around the edges of the table and board. A couple of times his paws will get stuck, and next time he will either think well before jumping on the table or find workarounds.
Water + lemon + wasabi. Make a solution of lemon juice, water, and wasabi, and cover your work surfaces with it. Cats are very sensitive to odors, and according to my personal observation, they like the smell of citrus least of all. My cat tries to get out of the way every time I peel an orange or tangerine. Besides, I think that the paws after this walk will be terribly tasteless. So that might work great. And the smell in your kitchen will be pleasant.
Of course, the best option is to keep your cats out of the kitchen. But if this is not possible, how do you keep the baleen and tailed beasts from the kitchen tables?