||05-09-2014 09:59 AM
This is why I really was not on board with my wife bringing a new cat into the house, which she did anyway, and which I now have to live with. Once my dog is told not to do something a number of times she'll stop doing it, just because she knows I don't want her to.
With cats, the only way you stop undesirable behavior is to provide another more appropriate, and more interesting outlet and let them make the decision for themselves.
Sprinkle catnip on it occasionally, and pick her up off of or out of anywhere else you don't want her any time you catch her. Either that or clap and shout NO as soon as you see her climbing up. Sometimes getting startled will form a negative association with the behavior and cause them not to do it as much. But know that while you're not there she'll do it anyway. Another option, as hard as it might believe, is a plain old card board box. We got something delivered the other day and left the box sitting out. Our cat fixated it in no time and spent the rest of the evening jumping in and out and batting it all over the place.
If this is a new cat that hasn't gotten to used to having the run of the house, maybe get into the habit of putting her in one room and leaving her there while you're away so she doesn't have that many opportunities to do stuff you don't want her doing. Our cat has a 'home base'... an unused room in the house where he has his food bowls, water bowl, and litter box. He's comfortable enough in there that when we used to confine him occasionally while he was getting used to our home, he felt comfortable with it and didn't act out over being locked in.