We’ve tried putting double-sided sticky tape on the table, covering the table in foil, squirting lemon juice on the tablecloth, and squirting the cats with a spray bottle when they get up on the table. Squirting them with the spray bottle works for the moment, but later on they just get back up there. Nothing else worked, or didn’t work out for us (we got tired of the tablecloth pulling out our arm hairs with the sticky tape, for example).
They are pretty good about staying off the kitchen counters, but not so much about staying off the dining room table. They don’t get up there while we’re eating at the table. They will sit in one of the extra chairs (or maybe steal our chairs if we get up) and maybe look up onto the table while we’re there, but that’s it.
I was thinking of getting them another cat tree (they have one already, and love it) and putting it near the table. In theory, this should give them a nice high place where it’s acceptable for them to be instead of on the table. But I have visions of them jumping off the cat tree onto the table while we’re eating. Which do you Dopers with experience with cats think is more likely to happen?