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Hello Norman,

Thank you for being a volunteer to help others with their cat problems.  I have 10 cats (4 females & 6 males), all have been fixed, between the ages of 3 and 6.  They all have free range of the house and they also have a catatio.  My problem is some of them like to get on the kitchen counters and I have caught a couple of them peeing on it.  What can I do to stop this?  I will appreciate any suggestions.


It is difficult to keep them off the kitchen counters.  However, the are where they pee'ed needs to be thoroughly cleaned with an enzyme based cleaning product.

You may be able to deter them somewhat by using double sided sticky tape on the counters (cats hate to step on sticky stuff#, although I am not sure how wide a swatch of tape you will need to use.  Also, cats usually hate to pee on aluminum foil, so you might try fastening some aluminum foil on the counters after you have cleaned up the past pee.

What is the state of their litter boxes? Are there enough #at least one for every 2 cats)? Is anyone keeping some of the cats out of their "favorite" litter box?  

Have you recently changed the brand or type of litter?

Have you tried using Cat Attract or Cat Attract litter additive?

Best regards... Norm.


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Norman Auspitz


I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.


I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.

Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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