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Why do Cats Love Kitchen Counters:
Cats love surfing on kitchen counters because of their innate preferences of higher grounds and surveying from a safe and elevated place. What makes kitchen counters very attractive, besides the height, is the smell left from cooking. Even though you have cleaned and scrubbed the areas, it does not get the smell out completely. Cats are sensory creatures that have a remarkable sense of smell. A clean counter to humans may still smell like grilled chicken, tuna casserole or seared salmon to cats. Cats are very good at finding little bits of leftover food. If they realize that kitchen counters are places where they can rummage for food, they will learn to go back in hopes of getting more food.
Why are Kitchen Counters an Undesirable Place for Cats: