My cats do whatever they want, and go where ever they want. I don't let them go upstairs in the summertime because the windows upstairs don't have screens in them. Our house is really weird, the stairs are surrounded by wood, like a little closet, and the door is on a spring so that when it is opened, it swings shut and there isnt a knob, so Mittens learned how to pull it open ( that is because my bedroom is upstairs and she LOVES to be anywhere I am). I have a hook & eye lock on the inside, so that anyone going up can lock it from the inside, and there is also a lock on the outside for anyone who is going down. They're basically allowed anywhere. They are allowed on the kitchen table, because I don't think it has ever been used for its purpose.. that is where I keep their food, to keep it safe from the pig that these people call a dog ( I really love dogs, I do, but I can't stand this one, he is disgusting and overweight and disobedient). I don't like them getting on the counter, not because I'm worried about germs(the counters get wiped before and after food preparation.), but because there is only about 2 sq ft (maybe not even that much) counter space, and it is directly next to the stove (which they're also not allowed on), and I'm worried that one time one of them will get up there when its hot and burn themselves. I don't like them getting on the fridge, again-because of the stove, the stove is the ONLY way they can get on top of the fridge. We also keep things like cereal and our cake mixer up there. Mittens likes to get on top of the microwave, but that is where we keep bread and such things like that. That's not to say they don't get up there.. I'm sure you all know how it is with cats.."It's only off-limits when Meowmy is home".. There is also a long table outside of the laundry room, with a small touch lamp on it. Unfortunately (for us) it is right in front of the large front windows, so they like to be up there.. I don't mind, but I do worry about the touch lamp, because that is also a popular area for play fighting, and they've come really close to breaking it before. & that is where I sit clothes while I'm folding them, & my BF always complains about cat hair being on his clothes ( I say, "Welcome to life with cats! You'll be dealing with it as long as your with me!!!") AND, bf's mom cleans it and they jump right up and leave lil paw prints, which, I think are cute. Bf's mom thought that table would be a nice place to put these spider plants that we grew from babies off of her other spider plants, and since it started to get cold out she brought them in, even though I told her that it wouldn't be a very good idea to put them anywhere the cats could get them, she still put them there.. and the cats have been nomming on them ever since. She moved them and put them on top of our electric fireplace, since the cats don't normally go up there, but when there is something up there they want, they will.. So, babies getting chewed off of the baby spider plants... you know (BF's mom has since moved them to an unknown spot, I dont even know where they are!).
WOW.. I wrote a lot sorry.. Just had a lot to say.. In short, my cats go where ever they want.