Well good luck Carmen!
Now I know asking a cat to learn that it has to stay out of a room that has no door is probably impossible but you can teach them to stay of flounges, kitchen counters etc?
I for some reason have never had a problem with Gabby on any counters or tables or anything. She was never banned from those things because I never personally had a problem with her on the table since we dont barely ever eat at it, so when we lived in our apartment (and didnt have any other animals and werent allowed anymore) we got her a fish tank so she would have something to look at every day while we worked...lol we set in on the middle of our dining room table for her to sit with them...lol every day when we would come home, the little tank would be moved over a little, like she was playing with it, or batting at fish, but it was too heavy for her to tip over. (NO fish were harmed in the making of this post...lol) We got her 5 fish, three died, and in the summer I put the other two in my moms pond...because we moved into our house and got her a puppy friend!
(she loves puppies...hates dogs lol) anyhow...so with Gab we never had to train her to stay off counters she just did...but we allowed her on the table. Now with Jade it was a whole different story!! She was a major pain in the you know what! She was always on the counter every time we looked for her! Once she even hopped up on the stove while I was cooking!!! We had to do something serious about it because she really could cause harm to herself or even the dogs because she would knock stuff off the counters that the dogs couldnt eat...like chocolate bars and medicine bottles. So what we did was put tin foil on the counters and stove and in the sink and everywhere we didnt want her jumping on...and it worked pretty good...the second she would jump up on it, the sound of it would scare her and she would fly off the counter. And when we didnt have tin foil on the counters and we spotted her up there, we squirted her with a water bottle. It sounds mean, and I felt bad, but she had to learn the rules. She learned them too.
And if they have a scratching post then does that eliminate them scratching up our furniture?
With us, when we found Gab, Josh knew a vet that was a close friend, and for our upcoming wedding present she gave Gab all her shots, spayed and declawed her. When we found Gab we 1-didnt know the facts about declawing 2-Josh had leather furniture at the time and didnt want it getting ruined, and he lived by himself with a friend before we got married and hated cats...but kept her for me because my parents wouldnt allow another cat at the house, they wanted me to dump her back where I found her!! So I went door to door where I found her asking if she was anyones kitten, and no one said yes...So I just left her with Josh (at that point he still was telling me to dump her too!!) So I just gave her to him and said "YOU dump her, I could never do that!" Of course I knew he wouldnt do it, because he isnt a bad person...just didnt want the cat. And of course he said in an angry voice (
) "FINE I'll keep her!" But he told me I had to buy all the litter, food and shots and stuff. lol...men. (So that might have a little reason why she isnt too keen of most people...she lived with a man who hated cats!) But now look at him..he even has his own cat now and loves them both. (OK Im done with the family story now!!)
Ok and lastly for Jade...she has her claws, and she has not ruined anything that she could help...she has a scratching post and uses it all of the time. She never has ripped any furniture, yet loves to sleep on it. The only thing she has messed up is our back porch walls...They are cheap and need to be redone anyways, but anyhow, she always likes to sit in the windows in the summer, the windows are a little higher than normal, and she is a little ditzy I think because sometimes she would try to jump in the window when it wasnt open lol...and to try to catch her fall she would instinctively claw at the wall to catch her, so the wall has scratches from her trying to cling for dear life...when the floor is 4 feet lower. LOL...Its really our fault because we need to put a cat window seat thing on it for her, but just havent yet...if that was installed she would never fall.
Sooooooooo thats it...Im done now. IM sure many are glad I finally shut up!