Counter-Surfing Cats

When I visit my clients to resolve cat behavior issues, one topic almost always comes up as a “by-the-way-can-you-help-me-with-this” question.  And that question is: “how can I get my cat to stop jumping up on counters and table tops?”  Many cats just LOVE to hop up on tables and counter-tops, scavenging for food, knocking stuff off shelves, or getting in our way. And for many of us, that’s just not appropriate behavior.  Why do they do this?  Counter-surfing cats seek out work-surfaces for a few reasons.