Keeping a cat off the counters is very difficult to begin with and if you leave food out (or food on dirty dishes) it's darn near impossible. Way too much of a temptation. There are various methods for attempting to keep cats off counters; sticky tape, tin foil, squirt bottles, air cans (even ones with sensors so they're effective when you're not home). All of these are met with varying levels of success. And the reality is, that even if you think you've been successful, it's usually only when you're present..they do what they want when you're not around.
Sometimes, instead of 'fixing' the the cats behavior, we have to modify our own. Don't leave food or dirty dishes unattended if keeping her away is that important to you. You're asking her to do something that is completely against her nature, yes...some cats will comply, but for the most part they won't. Make sure she is fed before your dinner and maybe provide a little treat from your dinner after you're done (a little meat or plain veggies). This could reduce the desire to counter surf, since she'll be full and will have sampled what was available on the human menu. On the other hand, she may decide she likes it and go looking for more.
Personally, I gave up on trying to keep them off the counters years ago. I make sure to wipe them down before cooking. And I don't worry about dirty dishes because they're going in the dishwasher. If I have to leave food unattended for a couple minutes, I toss it in the microwave or oven.
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