Although cats have a free spirit and in many ways rule their own lives, it is possible to train them to display desirable rather than undesirable behaviour patterns. Cats respond to a loud, stern "No" or a squirt from a water pistol when exhibiting undesirable behaviour. However to make progress it is important that the deterrent is used exactly at the same moment as the undesired behaviour and also each time that behaviour occurs. In this way, you can train your cat not to scratch you or the furniture and not to jump on to kitchen surfaces. It is counter productive to chase or hit your cat as this results in a scared, unsociable cat. Scratching posts can be provided to help direct your cat away from scratching the furniture.