Time for a little PSA here. blork and martine have commented on the relief they’re feeling for handcuffing–or would that be claw-cuffing?–their, well, funny-lookin’ cat Spiff, who will no longer be able to scratch the furniture. Trust me, this cat is probably storing away the embarassment it’s feeling for the day either b or m are taking a bath and there’s a radio next to the bath. Just saying.
So, the trick to keeping your cat/dog/girlfriend/boyfriend off the furniture: get some mousetraps–yes, mousetraps–load(?) them and place them upside down on said piece of furniture. Place a sheet on top of the furniture to cover the mousetraps. When your cat/dog/gf/bf jumps up on the, let’s say sofa, the displacement of the fabric will set the mousetrap off, and the subsequent movement and noise will frighten your pet. Voilà, fait accompli. Your pet will not suspect you of being the person responsible.