Hi all, First post here so hopefully I'm in the right place and apologies if I'm not! So me and my wife decided to get our first pet recently and we opted for a kitten from a rescue centre (we both love dogs but knew we wouldn't have the time to devote to a dog because of our work patterns) picking up and taking home Nala that day (12 week old Domestic Shorthair) Nala struggled to settle in due to her meowing and crying a lot and we read up on all the benefits of having two kittens so we adopted her last remaining littermate, Duchess a few days later. Now as first time pet owners we kind of want to make sure we're doing things right and have a few questions; At the moment they are in the living room during the day when we are at work and have everything they need (food, water, litter, cat tree, toys, access to windowsill). In the evening when we go to bed we put them in the 3rd bedroom, which has the same necessities (minus the cat tree). Is there a time where we can let them have free reign of the house during the day? Could what we do at the moment work long term? How do you stop them attacking a Christmas Tree. We want to put ours up tonight. How do you stop them climbing on counters? We are aware that cats like the explore but we want the counters to be off-limits and spraying a mix of orange extract and water doesn't deter them for long. By extension how would you get them to leave us alone at dinner time? How do you get them to stop chewing on cables? Finally, what sort of punishments would work without scaring them too much? How old should they be before they go outside? I'm aware it sounds like a lot of negatives, but we love our babies and just want to make sure we are raising them right. Thanks in advance!