In another thread, recently I suggested using old curtains or sheets and not putting the rod through them at the top, just barely holding them in place with a clothes pin or similar. Kitten or cat comes and along and attempts to scratch or climb and the curtain falls on them (but not the rod).
Enough of that and they learn it's no good to scratch or climb.
Sort of like putting a blanket over the end of a couch to discourage clawing, the blanket gives and isn't a good scratching surface.
I've never had curtain climbers or scratchers myself, luck or maybe my cats were too busy elsewhere.
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