How to Keep Fluffy Off the Counter

Do you often find yourself plucking your cat off your counters? Does Fluffy have a penchant for investigating what’s going on in her domain by jumping up to the counters for a better view? Kitties are very curious by nature. Although their inquisitiveness is cute, it can be a bit problematic. Jumping on counters can be quite dangerous! Fluffy could burn herself on a stove, or cut herself on a sharp knife. Below, a Mt. Pleasant, SC vet discusses keeping your cat off the counters.

Squirt Bottle

Most cats absolutely hate water. Squirting Fluffy with water can be very helpful in breaking bad habits, like countertop climbing. (Note: this does not apply if your kitty is one of the few that actually enjoys getting wet.)

Loud Noise

Whenever your frisky feline hops onto the countertop, make a loud noise. You can bang two pans together, sound a bike horn, rattle a jar of change, or clap your hands. This won’t hurt your cat, but it will frighten her and make her uneasy. Fluffy may very well abandon her counter exploration and make a beeline for her favorite hiding place.


Cats sometimes climb to high vantage points simply to get a better view of what’s going on around them. Offer Fluffy some vertical space. A cat tower is great for this!

Surprise Clatter

Put some aluminum foil sheets on the counter, with the ends sticking out over the edge a bit. When your feline buddy tries to jump onto the counter, she’ll knock the foil down. This will make enough of a racket to startle Fluffy. Cats hate being startled!


Put clear, two-sided tape on the edge of your countertop. Fluffy will hate the sticky feeling, and may lose interest in jumping onto the counter.

Just Say No

Believe it or not, cats can be trained. When you see Fluffy hop onto the counter, immediately say ‘No’ or ‘Bad Kitty!’ Use the same phrasing each time, as otherwise you may confuse your adventurous pet. Then, immediately pick Fluffy up and put her down on the ground. Keep doing this whenever your kitty jumps onto the counter. With patience and repetition, your furry pal will get the hint sooner or later.

Please call us, your Mt. Pleasant, SC vet clinic, with any questions about your cat’s health or care. We’re here to help!