I keep thinking about this and finally decided it might be a good idea to share this.
I have an electric stove. My cats Buddy and LuLu like to sleep on top. I always have a piece of fleece on top for them to lay on. I'm SO afraid that they'll jump up after I've shut the burner off (burners are hot to the touch till they are turned off and cool down), burning their little paws. It almost happened the other night. It was a good thing I was standing at the sink.
NOW...I put cold water in the pan I have used to cook in, and put it on top of the burner that was used. It works!!!
Just an FYI.