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POLL - Do you allow pets on your kitchen counters, are you male or female

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    1. Male. No. Although every once in a while I'll see some cat prints on the stove.

      1. Male, yes because we have one on a strict (no-iodine) prescription diet that's different than the others and he's too old to get up there and they don't want to eat his.

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        1. re: junescook

          noted...you gotta take good care of the old guys

        2. No-ish - Female.

          My dog couldn't get there if she tried.
          My cat very rarely tries to get up there - only if I have water running because she loves to play in the bathroom sinks. I don't freak out about it, just help her off. I've never seen her get on the counters (or found paw prints) when I'm not in there running a lot of water. She does get fed high up off the ground, but in another room, not the kitchen counter.

          Edited to add I just walked into the kitchen and the cat made a liar of me. Just standing there on the counter like "what?" It's a small kitchen and wiping down the counters before cooking is usually a given anyway, so not a big issue for me.

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          1. re: Firegoat

            Wow! A cat that likes water. My cat attempts to get in the shower nearly daily until he realizes what it is, which I thought was unusual enough. I love a water-loving kitty.

            1. re: fldhkybnva

              She is obsessed with water. I have to shut her out of the bathroom when I'm getting ready for work because it is almost impossible to do it while she's playing in the sink. If I turn off the water she tries to knock other things into the sink. She has no interest in "people food" and rarely is interested in the kitchen so I try to tolerate the water fun in the bathrooms. She's an indoor cat, she might as well have some fun.

              1. re: Firegoat

                We have a cat that likes to lick the water in the tub after I've taken a shower. If I take too long, she'll poke her head inside the curtain. I had a Jack Russell before that would do the same thing. Animals run my life.

                1. re: Firegoat

                  I have a cat like that as well. In the apartment I used to live in, she was able to turn on the tub faucet. She loved to play in the trickle of water.

                  1. re: BlueMagic

                    I used to have a Bengal that took showers with me. God forbid she figured out the faucet. She would have flooded my house.

                    1. re: BlueMagic

                      So do we. To the extent that she'll stand by the tub or the bathroom sink and cry until we run a little water for her.

                      1. re: jmckee

                        i am female.

                        had a male siamese and male doberman/mix. never fed either scraps while cooking or while dining at table.

                        cat was trained to not go on counters. never once saw him try, but more times than i could count i'd be just waking up and hear his paws go "thump" on the floor of the kitchen and find his prints on the stove. how he "knew" i was waking up was spooky --especially in a 2-story set-up.

                        said cat would sit on the edge of the tub while i took a bath and swish his tail in the water. after anybody showered he would sit in the wet tub and just chill.

                        dog was large but never counter- or table-surfed. however, he would steal stuff from my open pantry shelves and then just go lie down with it while i was at work. whatever he could jump up and reach. weird, random stuff, like bags of lentils. never ate any of it either.

                        did have a pit bull that ate an entire goose AND the disposable roasting pan that i had stashed on TOP of the fridge so i could shower. hoovered all of it in minutes. and yes, he was totally fine and wearing a "what?" face when i found him.

                  2. re: fldhkybnva

                    I thought all cats liked running water! Ours wake us up every morning to turn on the faucet for them.

                    1. re: Isolda

                      One of mine demands to drink out of the bathroom faucet every time I'm upstairs (but never the kitchen) and the other hates water.