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Where to buy plastic carpet protector with spikes underneath?

One of my cats has decided that jumping up where she does not belong - like the kitchen counter and hob - is a great idea. Not only is it dangerous because there are knives up there and she might burn her feet, but she has knocked off wine bottles, broken a lamp (from a side table), found food and started eating off the counter (gross).

I have read that it is good to place a plastic carpet protector the wrong way up because cats don't know walking on the spikes, but I cannot seem to find any in Switzerland.

Does anyone know where I can buy some?

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Re: Where to buy plastic carpet protector with spikes underneath?

What?!!

I found a spray in Cats and Dogs that kept them out of my house plants. I think it also works on fabric and other places.

Or just get a plant spray and spray the cat with water, she will soon learn. Keep one handy on the counter. I did that, the cat soon learned. I just had to pick it up and spray it in the air and he was off like a shot!!
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What?!!

I found a spray in Cats and Dogs that kept them out of my house plants. I think it also works on fabric and other places.
Interesting. Which spray?
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One of my cats has decided that jumping up where she does not belong - like the kitchen counter and hob - is a great idea. Not only is it dangerous because there are knives up there and she might burn her feet, but she has knocked off wine bottles, broken a lamp (from a side table), found food and started eating off the counter (gross).
It is just about possible to train a cat to not jump on certain surfaces and tables, over a course of time. Lots of noise, shouting and clapping hands, rushing towards them, maybe throwing something harmless (a wine cork is good), every time they do so in your presence.

They'll eventually learn, but let's be clear on this - if you leave the room for any length of time with, say, a plate of carved chicken, or an open butter dish, or some meat trimmings, whatever, left exposed, a cat will try and get to it regardless of training or any sort of deterrent.

Keep the surfaces clean and as bare of any content at all times as you can, and never, ever, leave food unattended, and eventually they'll lose interest.
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It is just about possible to train a cat to not jump on certain surfaces and tables, over a course of time. Lots of noise, shouting and clapping hands, rushing towards them, maybe throwing something harmless (a wine cork is good), every time they do so in your presence.

They'll eventually learn, but let's be clear on this - if you leave the room for any length of time with, say, a plate of carved chicken, or an open butter dish, or some meat trimmings, whatever, left exposed, a cat will try and get to it regardless of training or any sort of deterrent.

Keep the surfaces clean and as bare of any content at all times as you can, and never, ever, leave food unattended, and eventually they'll lose interest.
Thanks. It is just seriously annoying to have a cat constantly trying to jump on things it shouldn't be and as a result, breaking things, knocking over liquid, etc. Her brother is an angel.
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Re: Where to buy plastic carpet protector with spikes underneath?

With the hob, I remember my dad being really worried about this because they look just like the counter. He held the cat on the counter near(ish) the halogen hob and turned all the rings on until they were obviously hot and unpleasant to look at.

It went nuts for the ten seconds or so he held it - but never jumped back up and never burnt its paws. I'm sure conciously it forgot about it pretty quickly but the conditioning worked.
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With the hob, I remember my dad being really worried about this because they look just like the counter. He held the cat on the counter near(ish) the halogen hob and turned all the rings on until they were obviously hot and unpleasant to look at.

It went nuts for the ten seconds or so he held it - but never jumped back up and never burnt its paws. I'm sure conciously it forgot about it pretty quickly but the conditioning worked.
That is exactly it. It is one of those glass covered hobs that looks just like the counter from their perspective. It would be awful if she jumped up there right after I cooked something and burned her paws or worse. I might have to try that.
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Keep the surfaces clean and as bare of any content at all times as you can, and never, ever, leave food unattended, and eventually they'll lose interest.
Another solution for the hot stove, apart from keeping it bare, is placing pots of cold water on it until it's cool. This way the cats have to knock the (heavy) pots off to actually get on the hot stove, and it can save you having to watch them like a hawk when the stove is still hot and you're not in the kitchen, or when you have to leave your house right after turning the stove off.
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Re: Where to buy plastic carpet protector with spikes underneath?

I don't know about misbehaving cats, but you can buy the carpet protectors at an office furnishers. They are intended for protecting carpets against wear from office chairs with roller wheels.
I can't find a Swiss web page with exactly what you want, but I know these exist here, because my ex-Landlord send me on a shopping expedition to find one when he saw that I had such a chair. The prices were quite high so I decided to dispose of the chair.
You see one illustrated here: http://www.teppichschutzmatten.com/
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Re: Where to buy plastic carpet protector with spikes underneath?

You can order one online from http://www.schutzmatten.ch/

Since you want the spikes, you need to choose the type that is for protecting carpets as opposed to a hard floor surface.
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Re: Where to buy plastic carpet protector with spikes underneath?

I don't see the spikes thing working - you can't put it actually on the hob unless you want to plastic coat it or burn your house down. Putting it on other parts of the surface just makes the hob the only place to jump to, exactly the opposite of what you want.

The thing is that any covering is only as good as your memory - cat's are like kids, if you block the space normally they'll go and explore the minute you forget.

Some form of aversion training is the only thing likely to work; a very loud yell of "get off the counter" also seems to work after a few repeats, but can lead to stuff getting broken by panicked cats in the training period!
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Re: Where to buy plastic carpet protector with spikes underneath?

To prevent cats' hurting themselves, apart from my pot solution and the others that EFers gave you, you can solve this whole issue by getting stove covers like these which you put on your stove once you're done cooking. If the cats follow your instructions to stay off the stove, great, and if they don't (when you're not at home ), they won't burn themselves.

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Re: Where to buy plastic carpet protector with spikes underneath?

So how many people have a cat, or know someone with a cat that has actually burnt themselves on a cooker hob?

I've never heard of that happening.
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Re: Where to buy plastic carpet protector with spikes underneath?

Me neither. Children on the otherhand... Myself being one!!

I'd forgotten about the clapping of hands.

The spray from Cat n Dogs, sorry I can't remember the name of it. But i do remember they had quite a selection.
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