I must be the most permissive cat mom ever. I gave up years ago trying to keep them off counters, as I had the feeling I was getting too exasperated and the cats merely found my barking orders amusing. They won. At least they are very shy around company and usually hide under the bed, so I rarely have a witness to their claim to any inch they desire. I do wash down the countertop constantly, but I have at least a few friends who would probably do the "eww, yuck" thing if they were to see them stretched out in all their glory on the counters!