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Do you keep your cat off the counter? — 10 Comments

  1. Yeah my comment from 2011 still stands and I too am alive and well to keep talking about it. There’s nothing wrong with allowing your cat on the counter, and I don’t apologize for offending the opposing opinion any more than they should chastise me or my cat. I am reminded of my dear mother who finally allowed herself to pet a cat at the age of 80, because up until then she thought they were filthy, disease riddled annoyances she tolerated others for enjoying. In fact, humans are host to typically a hundred trillion microorganisms of thousands of species of the human microbiome, which if transported to Mars would infect the entire planet. Life on planet Earth has a way of intermingling and supporting all who live here. The very idea that humans are singularly holy and pure apart from everything else is a ridiculous notion born from ancient beliefs that are as inconsistent with life today as they were then.

  2. I think it’s more a preference born out of ownership and superiority by some humans. “my counter, I’m boss, my rules!”

    I have no problem with it, in fact I like it. I can easily pet them up there, less of a chance to step on their toes and they are more comfortable too. If someone can’t help themselves from punishing their cat daily for being up off the floor, they should build many cat shelves at that height where they know it’s okay for them to be. It’s their home too!

  3. I love my long haired Norwegian Forest cat, named Ricky Ricardo,l but I don’t like him on my kitchen counters or table where we eat. My reason is that he digs in his litter box and could leave all sorts of ‘nasties’ where he walks. I simply put him down and say NO, and he rarely jumps up there. He’s my sweetheart!

    • That sounds OK. I wonder if humans leave more nasties on counters and other places than cats or at least leave the same number. We don’t see nasties. People forget how people transmit disease.

      • Agreed, but for the most part most micro organisms deal with each other and balance things out on their level, leaving us to enjoy life on our level, providing we choose to do so. The Purell OCD obsessives are fast being proved wrong anyway. They’re finding out that it’s not better to be overly sterilized in our natural world. It doesn’t work well that way. It comes back to the mistaken notions that we are separate from it and that everything is out to kill us. Fact check: Weizmann scientists (the human microbiome project) estimate and found that there were about 39 trillion bacterial cells in the body compared to about 30 trillion human cells. You have from 2 to 6 pounds of bactieria in you and being angry at your cat from being on the counter isn’t going to change that or magically make you any healthier. On balance it’s not worth being a jerk about it any more than shaking your fist at the sun for pelting the earth with deadly radiation.

        • Slight correction: 2 to 6 pounds in and on you. I just remembered that I used to live with a woman (girlfriend) who was a microbiologist, and she impressed me with a lot of similar and surprising facts known at the time too. It’s a fascinating field of study that has also come a long way since.

  4. I had very few hard and fast rules for my cats when they were growing up except not chewing on wires and not going up on the kitchen counters. Both of these rules were to protect my cats from harm. The no counter top rule came after I found one of my cats curled up in a wok on the stove! Since then they were not allowed to go on a counter near the stove.

    I teach people how to train their cats through positive re-enforcement. If you catch your cat on the counter you can startle it by dropping keys on the floor. If it doesn’t get down: say nothing, do not make eye contact, gently put the cat on the floor and turn your back on it, do not walk away. Deliberately ignoring a cat shows your displeasure. After the cat has been on the floor for a minute or when you are in the kitchen and the cat is not on the counter give lots of praise and pets. This training method works for other behaviours as well and with patience works to make both cat and human happier.

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