Keep Cats Off the Counter with a “Yes” for Every “No”

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Keep Cats Off the Counter with a "Yes" for Every "No"

Cats love to jump up on to things. If you’re having trouble keeping your cats off certain places, you have to train them by positively reinforcing a “yes” areas for every “no” area.

Emma Christensen at The Kitchn spoke with the cat whisperer Jackson Galaxy—host of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell—about a common problem many cat owners encounter. Cats always seem to want to be up on the kitchen counter. Galaxy explains why they want to be up there and what you can do:

…cats see our countertops as socially significant places. You’re there, you’re doing interesting things, and cats want to know what’s going on. Plus, of course, that’s where their food comes from!

For every “no,” you also need a “yes.” If you say “no” to your cat being on the counter while you’re making dinner (or any time!), you need to make sure to also give them a safe “yes” place… designate a specific spot in your kitchen, like a nearby chair or a cat tree, where it’s ok for your cat to be. Give them treats when they are there so there’s positive reinforcement for the new behavior.

For some negative reinforcement, you can try double-sided sticky tape on the counter spots they jump up to most, or—my personal favorite for handling my own cats—a spray bottle filled with a cat’s arch nemesis: water. Remember, it’s incredibly important that everyone in the household is on board with what areas are “yes” and what areas are “no.” Otherwise your cats will find a way to just do it when you’re not around. Over time, if you’re consistent, your furry friends will understand the rules.

Cat Whisperer Jackson Galaxy’s Advice for Keeping Your Cats Off The Counter | The Kitchn

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​Save on Car Rentals by Skipping the Airport Counter

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​Save on Car Rentals by Skipping the Airport Counter

Renting a car can be an expensive part of your vacation. Save money by avoiding rental companies that operate at the airport.

We’ve covered tips to save on a rental car before, like booking it with your flight, but you should also consider avoiding rental agencies that are located at the airport. According to Consumer Reports:

While it’s terrifically convenient to arrange to rent a car at the airport, the rental counters that are in large metropolitan areas make you pay dearly for the privilege. Onerous fees and taxes are added in so that tourists end up paying for the newest sports arena, helping the city recoup money from bad investments, and subsidize the local coffers. You may be much better off taking a shuttle or rapid transit or even a taxi and renting your car downtown or at a suburban location.

Many people already know this tip, but it’s a good idea to remember when booking your summer travel plans. Check out nearby hotels as they’ll have free shuttles from the airport and may have a rental car agency associated with the hotel. If they don’t have a counter at the hotel, you can get a cab to the agency from there.

Check out the rest of the tips to save on car rentals when travelling by hitting the link.

Save Big Bucks on Car Rentals | Consumer Reports

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