I suspect that almost any cat servant (Dogs have Masters, Cats have staff!) will be aware of the fact that many (perhaps all) cats seem to like to sit in boxes. Those boxes tend to be cardboard, but can be a wide variety of materials, shapes, and sizes. However, if one has one, or more, cats and leaves almost any box sitting around open for a while, more than likely, sooner or later, some cat is going to climb into it, sit down, sometimes curl up, and be quite happy to be there for a while as long as they are just left alone to enjoy “their” box.
No, I have NOT gone over the edge. Others HAVE noticed this phenomenon. It’s apparently common enough that Bonnie was able to buy a pair of socks (shown below) in the gift shop of our local art museum. This suggests to me that the images may have been “borrowed” from some famous artist, although I couldn’t begin to tell you which one (and I HAVE looked a bit).
While observing this phenomenon, I have noticed that different cats seem to prefer different sizes and shapes in their boxes. For example, in the picture below, George, one of our cats, who passed away a while back, is clearly demonstrating that he was perfectly comfortable with a somewhat “looser” fit, but I think that’s quite understandable. After all, cats, like people, have their own distinctly different personalities, as they have every right to have, and this sort of preference is simply one way of expressing that.
Just a few days ago, I was also amused when I ran across this cartoon from Off the Mark:
I expect I shall return with some additional claptrap in a couple of weeks. Who knows where the strange device I call my mind will have gone by then? I guess we’ll all find out when the time comes….
While we wait to see what develops, I suggest sitting down with your cat and enjoying a good “petting and purring” session. They are wonderfully helpful on these cold, yucky days.
P.S. I wish to add a quick note to wish the Macintosh computer a Happy 40th Anniversary of its introduction. I didn’t have one of the very first ones (I was still happily using an Apple II+), but I did move into “Macintosh world” fairly quickly, and have been quite happy there ever since. RSB