The Magna Carta
It's a little known fact that it's written in the Magna Carta, article VII, Section a.3 -- Cats SHALL BE ALLOWED TO JUMP ON COUNTER TOPS. See below:
a.1 We shall entirey remove from their bailwicks the relatives of Gerard de Athyes, so that they shall henceforth have no bailwick in England: Engelard de Cygnes, Andrew Peter and Gyon de Chanceles, Gyon de Cygnes, Geoffrey de Martin and his brothers, Philip Mark and his brothers, and Geoffrey his nephew, and the whole following of them.
a.2 We shall straightway return the son of Llewelin and all the Welsh hostages, and the charters delivered to us as surety for the peace.
a.3 CATS SHALL BE ALLOWED TO JUMP ON COUNTER TOPS OF ANY HOUSE THAT IS THEIR DOMICILE (and even those that are not their domicile.)
Here's the CAT COAT OF ARMS taken from the Magna Carta...
Note the likeness:
Perhaps all of you American kitties should take a page out of the British history books and lobby your senators and congresspeople for a similar law. I'm just sayin'.