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Photo Friday: Young Chris


I was looking through the archives and found this picture of Chris from a couple of days after we adopted him. He was still a kitten then at about six months old. In the picture, you can see Abbey, who was always good to Chris even though Chris annoyed her.

Chris as a kitten

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The New Computer… Box


Hey Chris! Check out the new cat box.

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Someone tell dad to take his new computer out of our box.
Cat and computer box

Look, there’s pillows too.

Cat and computer box

This is awesome!

Cat and computer box

 

Frankie, what about this weird thing.

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Oh, that’s just Dad’s computer Floki. They can’t send empty boxes for some reason so they put worthless stuff in them to add weight.

Cat and computer box

Thanks for keeping the box warm for me, Frankie.

Cat and computer box

I love these pillows.

Cat and computer box

Dad! You can’t take my cool pillows and give me this lame pillow. Did you think I wouldn’t notice?

Cat and computer box

Frankie! Dad thinks I’m a baby and took my plastic pillows, like I’m gonna suffocate or something. Isn’t that crazy…? Are you up there Frankie? Frankie…?

Cat and computer box

The Reconstruction of Fort Box


The original Fort Box was a hit with the cats but, if I remember right, Chris broke it by lying on top of it. It just wasn’t designed for his weight. I decided to make a new Fort Box that was bigger and better than the last one.

I started with two boxes and I taped the top of one and the bottom of the other very well. I then put one on top of the other and secured them together.

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I opened the top and cut an opening between the two boxes. I then cut an opening in the bottom box and another in the top box, along with several peep holes. While I was cutting the holes, Frankie and Chris were already inside the boxes investigating. I had to be very careful so I wouldn’t cut one of them.

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They both took to it right away.

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At first they didn’t realize there was a second floor so they waited for a chance to switch places.

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Cats in box

Sometimes the wait was not so patient.

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Finally, Frankie found the top floor.

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Puck was not interested at first but the next day, while I was sweeping up cat litter, I moved the box, thinking it was empty, and Puck came out. It has been a few days now and I find they are all still interested in the box from time to time. They must see it as a private getaway.

If I were to make another, I think I would attach them side by side because they don’t seem to use the inside entrance to the second floor. I also think I made the peep holes too high. Next time I will put them a few inches lower. I wonder if Donald Trump started this way?

The Conquest of Fort Box


Recently I gave the cats a nice box that they liked to play in and then I took it away because we had to ship something and it was just the right size. I felt bad about it so when I came across another box at work I grabbed it.

I decided to make this one better than the last so I taped the top closed and cut two openings; one on the front and one on the side. I then cut a few peep holes in it so the box could feel like a little fort with spy holes to watch the “enemy.”

I named it “Fort Box” and the cats took to it right away, especially Colonel Chris who took over command of the fort.

Bad Cat Chris in Fort Box

I hereby assume command of Fort Box.

Bad Cat Chris in Fort Box

I know you’re there Frankie

Bad Cat Chris in Fort Box

Okay, Puck. Your turn to stand guard.

Puck in Fort Box

It’s scary in here. I’m shaking.

Bad Cat Chris and puck at Fort Box

Puck! You’re supposed to be inside the fort.

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Like this. I’ll show you.

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I wonder if there is an attic?

Bad Cat Chris  at Fort Box

I can see you guys so don’t try anything.

Bad Cat Chris  at Fort Box

You can have your turn Frankie, when I am done lying here doing nothing.

Our cat Frankie at Fort Box

Finally! What’s this?

Our cat Frankie at Fort Box

Yuck! Tastes like cardboard.

Our cat Chris at Fort Box

C’mon Frankie! It’s my turn again.

Bad Cat Chris in box

Where did you go Frankie? I was just kidding. You can come back. I’ll share.

 

 

Share Your Boxed Cat


Yesterday’s Post was about cats and boxes. It seems, not unexpectedly, that everyone who has a cat has a lover of boxes. I am sure all the cat bloggers out there reading this have at least one blog post with one or more cats enjoying a new box. I would like to ask that you share your best “box” post by commenting and adding a link (don’t forget “http”) so everyone can enjoy a bit of cuteness today.

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Why Do Cats Love Boxes?


Everyone who is owned by a cat knows what happens when you bring a new box into the house. It is like Kitty Christmas. The first thing they have to do is get inside like a child with a new playhouse. But why are cats so fascinated by a simple empty box? I suppose there are a number of things at “play” here.

I think the main reason is that cats love to play. The reason that they have an instinct for play is probably because it helps them practice for survival. Attacking their housemates, assuming it is not for reasons of dominance or territory, is practice for the hunt. Playing in a box is just an extension of that.

A box offers something a wild cat is looking for: stealth. Nevermind that they are not wild cats, they don’t know that. From inside a box a cat can see but not be seen. It is a great place to lie in wait until their prey is close and then pounce. It also offers a bit of protection from other “wild” household pets that might want to attack them.

Finally, cats are great nappers. Curling up inside a box could feel very cozy for that afternoon nap and offer protection as well.

Our cat Puck in a box

This is great. A box all to myself.

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Okay Puck, We’ve waited long enough.

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Ha, now I have the box.

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Stretch…

Our cat Chris and a box

Don’t even think about it, Frankie.

Our cat Chris and a box

This is just my size.

Our cat Chris and a box

I wonder if there is a trap door in this thing.

 

Our cat Frankie in a box

That’s weird that Chris just disappeared. Oh well, it’s my box now.

If anyone can shed more light on why cats love boxes, or if you just want to comment, I’d love to hear from you.

 

Photo Friday: Putting Up The Christmas Tree (With Cats)


We purchased a somewhat unconventional Christmas tree the other day. It is a trio of palm trees that seemed perfect for a Florida Christmas. Yes, I used the word Christmas instead of Holiday, so sue me. I just looked out the window and the sky is not falling and, as far as I can tell, the apocalypse has not begun so I may just use it again.

When we started to put up our Christmas… tree (whew, the world is still here) Chris and Puck took a strong interest in the box and the tree.

Unpacking the tree with Bad Cat Chris and Puck

Wow, something new to investigate.

Bad Cat Chris biting electrical plug.

Cool. An electrical cord. I think I’ll bite it.

Bad Cat Chris biting box handle

This thing is stuck on here good.

Bad Cat Chris in a Christmas Tree box.

I claim this box for The Kingdom Of Chris.

Our cat Puck in Christmas tree box

Chris! Did you see this? We’ve got bubble wrap.

Bad Cat Chris with our palm tree Christmas Tree

Ok, I’m ready to help decorate.

I was a little worried about Chris chewing on the power cords but it seems the novelty has worn off. Now all that is left is the decorating.