It’s no secret that cats like to do what they want, but what if your feline friend’s deepest desire is to jump all over the kitchen counters? If you’re sick of finding cat fur in all of your meals, Dr. Roark has four steps to train your cat to stay off of the countertops.

1. Don’t encourage them to be on the counters.

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2. Make counters boring.

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3. Lay down materials cats don’t like to walk on.

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4. Use positive reinforcement.

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Need more advice?

If your cat is especially fond of frolicking on countertops, watch the full episode of Ask Dr. Andy below. Be sure to subscribe to the Cone of Shame channel on YouTube for more pet advice!

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