My five year old cats are little terrors. Help me train them!
I have two cats: Imogen
. Both are five years old and I adopted them together when they were kittens.
I was in college and living with two roommates when I got them, and there was very little responsible pet training behavior that occurred. As a result, they still kind of have the run of the place. Imogen, especially, is extraordinarily curious and into everything. She knocks thing off of the nightstand all night - I'm lucky to sleep the whole night through. They both scratch anything that is scratchable and have ruined two (admittedly not very nice) couches this way. Imogen lays on the dining room table and jumps on the kitchen counters. She also can make guests nervous because she not only jumps in laps, but likes to sniff people's faces and put her bum in their face.
I'm moving to a nicer, newer place in a few weeks. As part of this move, I'm finally getting a very nice couch which I absolutely do not want to be destroyed by these cats. It also seems like a good time to start teaching Imogen, especially, that sleeping on placemats on the dining room table is not appropriate. She likes water, so the spray bottle doesn't really bother her. Yelling or hissing at her just makes her stop for a second, look at me, then continue her bad behavior.
Help me train my wayward animals, MeFi!