It's in a cat's nature to seek out high vantage points like kitchen countertops.
Counters, tables and the tops of cabinets are an ideal place to survey territory, and they provide protection from enemies like roughhousing dogs and the vacuum cleaner.
Felines might also be drawn to kitchen counters because they've learned that they're good places to find tasty crumbs.
If you want your kitty to keep her paws off the counter, here's what to do.
Provide another place to lounge
Because jumping and climbing are part of cats' normal behavior, you'll have to offer a suitable alternative or your feline friend will likely continue to leap onto countertops.
Carpeted cat tree furniture or kitty shelves attached to windowsills are two options that can replace a favorite counter.
Also see: What your cat's tail can tell you
Make the counter unappealing
If your cat prowls the kitchen counter looking for a snack, be sure to clean counters thoroughly and don't leave