I put away all the food and stuff. But still find it icky. I've been telling her no and putting her down every time I see her do it. But it's not deterring her. Is there really any way to train a--n overlord-- cat?
I filled a spray bottle with water and sprayed them with water. I only managed to get them a couple of times before they learned to jump down and run if they saw me, and then shortly after that they stopped entirely.
I used to firmly lift down and like ladyPenelope they stopped going up when i was around. Now the remaining cat is 17 and on his last legs and doesn't give a monkeys what we think and is up there all the time. I spend my life disinfecting it.
We have given and just disinfect the counter before using it. Nothing worked! Not shouting, not smells, not tinfoil, nit even water (strange bugger likes it!). We just shut him out now before starting to cook.