Speaking for the furry ones on this earth...

Cats Can Be Taught to Stay off Counters

Cats especially like nice-smelling kitchen counters.

Cats like to climb on counters because they enjoy being high so they can survey things that go on below them. If a cat is nervous or scared, he might like to climb high, as well. Plus, kitchen counters often have nice smelling things on them, which cats can't resist checking out. Luckily, there are techniques for training your cat to stay off the counters, which you can learn more about here: "How to Keep Your Cat off the Kitchen Counter."