As cat owners, we know that there are certain day to day health and safety rules that we’re meant to abide by. One of those is the age old problem of keeping cats off the kitchen countertops — but it’s an issue that many cat owners aren’t as vigilant about enforcing as they should be.
First up, why are we always told to keep cats off countertops?
Well, it’s two-fold — and it’s to protect both you and your cat.
As humans who use the kitchen countertops to prepare meals, it’s obviously pretty unsanitary to have a cat strutting all through the prep area — and this isn’t just about a few stray cat hairs making their way into the pasta sauce.
You’ve got to consider that at some point during the last 24 hours your cat will have likely done a little business in the litter box. The idea of having those same feline paws that have been burying nuggets of poop on the same surface that you’re using to chop up vegetables ranks pretty high on the gross scale.
Put it this way: You wouldn’t take a poop and wipe your butt and then start handling food without washing your hands, right?
Unfortunately, considerations of hygiene aren’t enough to deter some people from letting their cats on the countertop.
Sure, I get that it can be cute when it looks like your feline’s just casually hanging out in the sink or perched on a kitchen island. But remember, kitchens can be exceptionally dangerous environments for cats: Stovetop burners (that may still be hot even after being turned off), sharp knives, even scraps of food that may be poisonous to the feline form can all hurt your cat.
So please, if you have one new cat rule to stick to this week, make sure it’s no cats on the kitchen countertops, okay?