This is a time to work on yourself and not the cat. Life is much easier if you say -- who cares, they're very clean animals, who can blame them for wanting to explore the space when our house is all they have, who can blame them for wanting to be at eye level with us, and who really cares. We not only let Murphy on the counters, we encourage him up there by giving him treats!
I'm just saying, we've reduced their territory to a house. We really ought to let them explore and use every inch of it.
Holly and Murphy