Cats on your counter? Try this

Seems to work . . .

Click this link to see video: LiveLeak:

Daniel Babineau

Lately one of our cats has been causing mischief. We’ve been trying to find out which one it was. One of our cats, Jack (who is one of two possible suspects), jumped up on the counter only to be positively spooked by the tinfoil that was laid down to deter the cats.


Screen shot 2013-01-20 at 6.46.17 PM

h/t: Gattina


  1. Posted January 20, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    I suspect it works as it messes with their terrain-tracking radar systems, in much the way stealth bombers do.

  2. marycanada FCD
    Posted January 20, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    That’s one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a while. Thanks

  3. still learning
    Posted January 20, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, just wait till they start making hats out of that stuff…

  4. Jim Thomerson
    Posted January 20, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    I was visiting a couple of friends whose child was a Siamese cat. I never allowed my cats on the table. I was sitting nest to the table when the cat jumped on the table. By reflex, I swept it off onto the floor. I thought it best to conclude my visit rather quickly before I got thrown out.

    A couple of years later, I visited my friends in another location. It was a shotgun type house with one long room from the front door back. First was foyer, then living room, then kitchen/dining room. The same cat was on the dining table. When it saw me, it literally dove off the table to the floor. Cats are, in fact, educable.

    • jesse
      Posted January 21, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

      One of my favorite quotes is from Fran Lebowitz,
      “No animal should ever jump up on the dining room furniture unless absolutely certain that he can hold his own in the conversation.”

  5. Diane G.
    Posted January 20, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Ha, ha, great capture!

  6. Posted January 20, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    The Quichua people in the Ecuadorian Amazon teach their pets, and their toddlers, to avoid certain items in the house by placing stinging nettles on the items. Has a similar effect.

  7. Snuffy Smith
    Posted January 20, 2013 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    Yes, Our cat goes bonkers whenever anything crinkles nearby.

  8. BSR
    Posted January 20, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    I use packing tape. Lay strips down sticky-side up along the front of the counter — it took two long and two short pieces for ours.

    The next morning there was one piece in the middle of the kitchen floor, all crumpled up and with a fair amount of fur in it.

    It only took two times over about a week for our cat to decide that the kitchen counters were no longer interesting.

  9. Notagod
    Posted January 20, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Good data for calculating cat reaction time.

    I suspect the movement of the cat’s reflection on the foil might have been the first thing that the cat found disturbing followed by the sound of the foil. Frightening!

    • Charles Sullivan
      Posted January 21, 2013 at 1:26 am | Permalink

      He clearly didn’t recognize himself in the foil mirror.

      • Notagod
        Posted January 21, 2013 at 8:22 am | Permalink

        Probably not but probably did notice that something was moving possibly a lot of something that was moving. Maybe I should have emphasized the “might have” because I don’t know but it is something that is possible but also easily overlooked.

      • Notagod
        Posted January 21, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

        And like the cat and on reconsideration of your comment I may not have initially recognized its meaning in the way you intended it. 🙂

  10. mordacious1
    Posted January 20, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    So, spray painting the giant bird on the cupboard didn’t work? Oh….that’s the cat, I see now.

  11. abrotherhoodofman
    Posted January 20, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    Don’t be satisfied with the still-frame… click on the link to the video to get a real belly laugh!

  12. starskeptic
    Posted January 20, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    If that had been Newton’s cat, gravity would have remained “only a theory”.

  13. JohnnieCanuck
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 4:52 am | Permalink

    I wonder how much longer the expression tin foil will last. It has been about 65 years since aluminum replaced tin and yet it hangs on. Probably more to do with the extra effort required for three extra syllables (four in the UK and assorted commonwealth countries) than anything else.

    • Diane G.
      Posted January 21, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

      Like lead pencils? 🙂

      • starskeptic
        Posted January 21, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

        Or cellophane…

  14. Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 5:32 am | Permalink

    Caperin’ cat on a pogo stick!

    Poor kitteh. Now I know how Ceiling Cat got stuck.

  15. Posted January 21, 2013 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    Don’t let other cats see this video!! If they did, they would figure out just how high off the floor they could jump, if they could use a shelf as a mid-jump boost. Nothing would be off limits to them.

  16. Reginald Selkirk
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***
    Unphotographed kitten found in Carlisle

  17. Ken Pidcock
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Damn. I should never have taught the cat not to be afraid of tinfoil.

  18. JBlilie
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    Double-sticky tape works quite well too.

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