DH and are temporarily living with my mom and dad as I just graduated college and look for a job. It looks like we will only be here a couple of months at most.
DH and I have two cats, both young and active. My parents love the cats...but there is some culture clash between us over the pets. My mom is one of those hoarders disguised as an enthusiastic decorator. Every flat service in the house is covered in breakable knickknacks and frames. As in, good luck finding a place to set down your drink. My cats have naturally tried to jump up on the various accent tables, and inevitably knock something down because the surface is simple so packed with stuff, they can't even safely jump back down. So far they've broken two frames and a lamp.
After the first accident, I asked my mom if we could help her relocate breakable items to higher/safer places while we're here so the cats don't break anything more. She said "no, just watch them and don't let them break anything."
We would just keep them in our room with the door closed but my father dictated that their litter box go in a certain other room, so we have to leave the door open for them to access it. The floor plan is very open in this house so there are no doors to keep them out of certain areas. Baby gates won't work, they will just hop over them. It's not possible for us to watch them 24/7 obviously.
I understand the cats are our responsibility, but I can't help but feel my parents have some responsibility to protect their breakables. With the last frame they broke, I found it hard to act sympathetic when I've asked my mom multiple times to let us help her "kitty proof" the main common areas.
Am I out of line? Any advice?
EDIT to add:
The litterbox is located in the corner of another room because that room has tiled floors rather than carpet like in our room. My dad is like Mr.Clean's OCD brother, so a litterbox in a carpeted room is something he will not allow, ever. The room that the litterbox is a more open-style room, no doors or any way to enclose them in that room. Not that we would want to, because ironically, that room is the scene of two of the kitty crimes!
Teaching the cats not to jump is not possible. We have tried relentless for months with a squirt bottle. We just ended up with soggy, grumpy cats on tables instead of dry, happy ones.