The problem with letting them up on counters for me is that if I have company over for dinner and they see cats jumping up on the counter, they won't feel comfortable with whatever I fix even if I clean the counter up.
Counters can be dangerous for cats!!!
I learned that the hard way a couple weeks ago.
Zebra, my new 8 month old cat kept jumping up on the counter but if she saw me coming in, she'd jump down. Well one day, I had a friend over for dinner and I was boiling some water on the stove. I left the counter for a minute and when I saw Zebra on the counter, I called out to her and told her no. Instead of jumping DOWN from the counter as usual, she decided to turn and run down the counter TOWARD the stove!
I FREAKED OUT
and tried to move fast enough to catch her before she reached the stove. She was ON the stove behind the boiling pot and was getting ready to jump over the boiling pot when I reached over and grabbed her by the tail and pulled her away. In return, I burnt my arm, got scratched up and down my arm and neck and scared POOR Zebra.
It took over an hour to calm Zebra down.
:disturbed I still have some wounds from that!!!
I rather have that than have Zebra jump into the boiling pot OR OVER the pot and getting burnt or worst!
Since then, she haven't been on the counter! That's why I STRONGLY encourage you to discipline your cats so they won't jump up on the counters so it'll be more sanitary AND SAFER for the cats!
I don't want anyone to go through what I almost went through!