So i got a cat a couple months ago, hes just over a year old now. Anyways, lately he has been completely going crazy and i find myself really pissed at him more than once a day now. The problem at hand is my desk. I'll admit, I have a cluttered desk that I try to keep clean (never lasts long), but my cat decides that while I am sleeping or distracted away from my desk, he will knock over and play/ run off with some very important medications. Now before anyone tells me to put them somewhere else- No. I have them on my desk for a reason and if I don't see them in front of me during most of the day, I will absolutely forget to take them. Moving them off my desk and out of sight (such as in a drawer) is NOT an option. They have to remain within arms reach, in my eye sight. I wanted to try using a spray bottle but water and thousands of dollar worth of electronics is not a good mix. I would use food items such as lemon or orange peel, but we have bug problems already and that would just cause even more. He doesn't do it while I am at the desk because i always stop him and move him off/ yell at him to move. I just can't have him knocking everything off my desk anymore. If i lose those meds i am a goner. He could also hurt himself if opens it and eats it. Another issue is that my bed is right behind my desk which is an easy access point. Not that that matters to him, he can jump high enough anyways. I would try to buy something but I am already broke and even if i wanted to bring something inside i need my parents permission first. he stays in my bedroom when parents are home too, as they hate cats and dont want to see him at all. So shutting him out isnt an option. EDIT: (from my post a few messages down) It seems everyone has misunderstood my post. Firstly, I am an animal lover- I volunteer at my local pet rescue specifically the cat area. I literally spend an hour each day just sitting and playing with cats. Also, I never said I used a water sprayer on him. I said I "wanted too" because I had read online that many people did to teach a cat not to go on places. Secondly, my cat has been perfectly fine with staying in one room. He gets let out on a 4 days on, 4 days off rotation. (Dads work schedule). He does enjoy leaving my room but honestly spends more time with me at my desk with the door wide open than he does outside. If he does go out the room, he literally sits on the window sill and watches life go by- just as he does my own window. Thirdly, I am asking advice on how to keep a cat from harming itself, and knocking over objects. It seems here that no one cares to ever train a cat on anything, and just let him own my entire house. I will admit, I am a previous dog owner so "training" is what i know. But surely someone out there has a kitchen counter or a table that is not appropriate for a cat to be on? And lastly, he has toys to play with. He has his own cardboard box with plenty of fun things to play with, and he always loves to chase his noise balls around. It's not like I ignore him all day and night and just expect him to learn/ "do all the work." As a final note, I have a difficult situation which is why I am asking fellow cat owners on advice. Telling me I am a horrible owner and non animal lover should be reserved for someone who abuses their cat. Or maybe doesn't feed him, ever. Or locks him in a cold, empty, dangerous room.