Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Boxes

An Even Smaller Box

The human had a cute box she thought the brothers would enjoy checking out. She put it on the floor and waited to see what would happen.

No surprise, Pepe sniffed it over, then climbed in. Unfortunately, his brother was also curious and got fairly close to the box, which he still occupied.

<<<Do I really have to share with my brother?>>>

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New Arrival

<<<Hello, my pretty. Where did you come from?>>>

<<<Ah, a California box. You’ve traveled far.>>>

<<<What secrets do you hold?>>>

<<<Now, don’t move. Let me have another sniff.>>>

<<<Yes, a particularly nice size for a box too.>>>

<<<And I’m the first of my kind to conquer it. Hooorahhhh!>>>

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Girl in Box

When new boxes arrive at the house, the human usually empties them out and puts them down for the kitties to explore.

Quite often, the cat who hops in and claims the box is quite predictable: Pepe or Corky (who is walking past on the right (above) and hoping that the box will empty out so he can get into it).

However, sometimes the cat you’d least expect is the one who hops in. That was the case when Macaroni claimed this big box.

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Don’t Try Pinning that on Me!

<<<Just because I stopped to look, doesn’t mean I’m the one that caused this. As we’ve discussed before, correlation does not imply causation. And, besides, I just got here.>>>

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The Boxster

Pepe loves boxes:  big boxes, little boxes, tiny boxes that he can barely put a paw into, it doesn’t seem to matter to him. The human had been sorting out files and using a tall cardboard box to carry the papers out to the recycle bin.  Goofy Boy saw the box and wanted to know what it was. The obliging human turned the box on its side and, quick as a bunny, the boxster hopped in and had a look around.<<Yup, it’s a box. What fun!!>>

Honestly, how can you resist a face like that?

 

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Fait Accompli

Whatever the cat was looking for in this toy box, presumably he or she found it.

 

 

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No Box Too Small

In this house, the rule is that no paper bag and no box is too small for Pepe and Corky to explore. They may not exactly be able to fit all that much of their bodies into said bag or box, but they are definitely going to check it out anyway.

 

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All the Tiny Little Mice

It’s been very hot during the day, so the cats have been low-energy and haven’t tormented the human much while she was working.  On the other hand, it’s been blissfully cool at night, and that’s brought out all kinds of silly behavior in all the cats.  There have been feisty chases up and down the stairs, there have been many sessions each night of 2 or 3 cats ganging up on the sleeping human by standing around and poking her in the face with their cute paws.  And there have been nearly nightly sessions of pulling all the cute little mice out of the 3 toy boxes on the stairs and carrying them all over the house. That pretty much guarantees that the silly human will step on or trip over at least one of them as she stumbles around early morning getting ready for her day. On this particular night, someone rummaged through several toy boxes and strategically selected the small mice while leaving the other toys to sit around with nothing to do.  Perhaps the human needs to go back to the kitty toy store and purchase another box of the toy mice, as many are starting to look pretty sad.

 

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More Rummaging

After the triple toy box excavations several days back, the human put all the toys away.  The next morning, many of them were dragged back out.  Theorizing that the cats were really searching for those tiny toy mice they like so much, and that they have strewn throughout the house, later that day the human opened her stash of toys, pulled out a few she thought the cats would like, then leaned over the banister and dropped 6 new fake-fur mice into the toy boxes from upstairs.The next morning she found that during the night more toys were pulled out and dumped, including 2 of the 6 new mice.  Since the cats left those mice on the stairs, instead of carrying them around to all their favorite locations, presumably they were not of an acceptable color and type that the cats like.  It may well be time to visit the pet store to restock.

 

 

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Toy-Box Tango

Some kitty or kitties had a grand time scooping toys out of the toy boxes this morning and tossing them on the stairs.  Usually, when they go digging for something, they stop with one or maybe two boxes, but their search must have been frustrated as all three boxes had been partially emptied. If only the human knew what they were looking for…

 

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Ignored

To celebrate the kitties’ arrival anniversaries, which are less than 2 weeks apart, the silly human purchased two toys that were supposed to enrich their environment and stimulate both their problem-solving and hunting skills. Both toys have been pretty much ignored. For example, this cute one is a rectangular box covered with fake grass on top and with cutouts both on top and on the sides. It has 3 or 4 cute little blue balls inside (with bells) that the cats are supposed to cuff around by poking their paws through the holes. They can’t pull the balls out through the holes in the side of the box but they can scoop them out through the top.  Only Pepe plays with this toy and only when the human has run the laser pointer’s red dot along its surface.  So much for smart toys for smart cats.

 

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Help with the Mail

Pepe is just such a helpful kitty.  During the lead up to the holidays, the human got all her presents purchased, wrapped, boxed, addressed, and ready to mail to friends and family. Foolishly she preassembled too many Priority Mail boxes, then had to set them aside when gifts didn’t fit or the boxes weren’t needed. (They’ll get used shortly for other outgoing packages.)  At one point in the assembly process, the human lined the boxes up next to each other on the floor.  The Merry Pepster came along and pushed the first box over, which knocked down the other boxes like dominoes. The human laughed and stood them up again. The Pepster laughed and knocked them over again. This time he climbed on top of the boxes and explored them further. Although the human continued to be amused, this time she removed the boxes and put them out of reach of mischievous kitties.

 

 

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Double Decker

It’s that time of the month when boxes arrive at the house with litter, crunchies, and special kitty treats. Of course, the best part of any package is the box itself and the crackly paper inside it.  The other night, the human folded down the flaps on two boxes and then put the smaller one inside the larger and set them on the floor to see what would happen. Predictably, the Merry Pepster hopped inside the combo boxes.  At first, all that could be seen was his tail waiving in the air.   Then Pepe flipped on his back as the human got up close and personal with the camera.  Finally, he sat nicely in the boxes…at which point the bored human wandered away with her dreaded camera and its flash.

 

 

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Mail Me Away

Something arrived by mail. The dutiful human placed the (almost) empty box on the floor. The Merkitty hopped in before Pepe could claim it as his own.Amidst the packing bubbles, she looked imploringly at the human.  “Mail me away,” she seemed to be saying. <<Or maybe that’s just another bad human interpretation of a completely different kitty expression. That’s why we’re the superior life form in this house!>>

 

 

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Where’s my Favorite Toy?

Apparently, the first box has been thoroughly searched and the desired toy was nowhere to be seen.  Now the second box is seeing some action. Note the interesting toy scatter.  If the human only knew what someone was searching for, she’d pull it out. However, the 4-leggeds are mum on the topic.  Perhaps it’s time for the human to clean out the boxes to simplify the search a bit.

 

 

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Check Out this Box!

<<It smells interesting. And now it smells like me. That makes it MY box!>> <<It’s just big enough to fit my head and shoulders. What a perfect cat cave! Once in a while, the human does something right.>> 

 

 

 

 

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Demolition Crew

That top kitty-toy box remains the focus of at least one of the meows.  The human has rearranged the toys to bring the ones on the bottom up to the top of that box and vice versa. Still, whatever toy someone is looking for must remain elusive. This is what met the human the other morning. Looks like someone got a bit frustrated, doesn’t it?

 

 

 

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Proximity Does Not Equate to Guilt

Someone had a grand party on the stairs. Apparently, there was a very desirable toy at the bottom of one of the toy boxes. In order to find that toy, the kitty had to go digging in several of the toy boxes, scattering toys from the top of each box onto the stairs.  The human walked by and saw the aftermath. It just so happened that Pepe was sitting there at that moment. He claimed he had nothing to do with the mess, reminding the human that just because she found him near the scene of the crime didn’t mean he’d committed the crime. He decided to leave in case the human stop chuckling and decide to take some action. The human picked up the toys lest someone take a tumble going up or down the stairs (namely her!).

 

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No Box Too Small…

Funny how it is. The human can offer the kitties a nice big box to play in and it gets ignored.  However, let the human put down a small box and the kitties have to check it out. Pepe, of course, jumps right in after walking across and cuffing the crackly craft paper that had filled the box. <<Yep, it’s a tight fit. That’s my favorite kind of box!>> Corky arrives and snifts the crackly paper. Later in the evening, he would make running leaps onto the paper pile and slide the sheets all over the floor in two rooms. <<So much fun from items that humans would otherwise prematurely recycle.>>  Mac arrived and checked out the paper, so Corky turned his attention to the box, which had since been vacated by his brother Pepe.  Corky too thought the box was great fun. Mac sniffed the paper but was not amused. She walked away and entertained herself by laying down and watching the other two.

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Boxed in…

The “oh so funny” human put a big box on the floor. The cats ignored it. The human picked up the wobbly egg toy, turned it on, and put it in the box.  Mac came over to check out the noise, at which point the helpful human picked her up and put her in the box with the egg. Mac was not amused. Neither was she entertained. She stared away ignoring her surroundings and plotting new methods to wake the human from a sound sleep at 3:30 am. The human has since been punished 3 nights running for her insolence.

 

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