SSSScat!!! Keep evil little kitties off counters and such.
If there's a certain area he likes, maybe try a Sssscat. (It's a motion-activated can of compressed air that usually scares the life out of the cat). Has worked to keep my cat off of the counter, it may work to keep yours away from the thermostat area.
I would say for climbing issues the sssscat mat or the sssscat air can is probably the most effective way to keep them down but it isn't a 100% thing. For the drinks I have a kitty who did this same thing and still does on very rare occasions. The way we solved the problem was for about a year we drank out of water bottles with caps. After he realized that knocking stuff over never let the liquid inside run wild and free he started leaving them alone.
As for the Sssscat - I was thinking of trying this out at my front door - Mimi is always RIGHT THERE when I come home and I'm always really careful to squat down and push her away the second I crack open the door - but I'm afraid one day something could happen to distract me and out she will go ... Has anyone used it at the entrance to the home? I'm assuming I will have to step OVER where it would spray when I come and go, and that's fine because it's more important that I train her to stay away from the door."Sssscat — motion sensor canned air from Amazon. Our cat scratches under our bed, so we often shut her out of the bedroom at night. Naturally, she then scratches and meows at the door all damn night. After a few nights, we didnt even have to turn the can on anymore. Best money we ever spent!" — SSSSCat is sanity in a can to me. Our cats scratch like crazy at our bedroom door. A few nights of getting sprayed with the canned air, and they won’t go near it. We don’t even need to turn it on anymore, just have it visible at the door. I can tell you that sssscat! works on my two. At first you have it turned on outside the door and it scares them. After a while, you don't even have to turn it on, they see the can and they know what it means.If you want to start training the cat to keep out of it, get an SSSSCAT Cat Training Aid from Amazon and put it in the corner of the crib. It's a motion detector and will spray some air on the cat which will startle it and make it run. Doesn't hurt the cat a bit and they learn quickly that they don't want to be there.We bought this thing called SSSSCAT which has a motion sensor and if anything walk near it it will spray air!!! So we put it outside our room so the cats won't ....If there's a certain area he likes, maybe try a Sssscat. (It's a motion-activated can of compressed air that usually scares the life out of the cat). Has worked to keep my cat off of the counter, it may work to keep yours away from the thermostat area. Hah! Quit letting him climb all over your kitchen. That's a good one! Seriously, I tried sssscat mats (which are actually pretty dang effective), aluminum foil, sticky tape, and all other sorts of deterents but when the cats want to be on top of the stove they will find a way to get up there no matter what.