Trouble with cats on your counters, table tops, furniture, curtains, floor areas – or maybe “hanging out at your entry door”? Inventor Shawn Tait of Issaquah, WA, US, noted that “they just don’t like being squirted or misted with simple inexpensive water” and has just received a 2016 US patent for his ‘Animal deterrent and training device and method thereof,
The device, marketed as CounterWatch™ Sentry, is already on sale. Details can be found here.
Note (deterrent related): Howard Stapleton of Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, was the recipient of the 2006 Ig Nobel Peace Prize for inventing an electromechanical teenager repellant — a device that makes annoying high-pitched noise designed to be audible to teenagers but not to adults; and for later using that same technology to make telephone ringtones that are audible to teenagers but probably not to their teachers.