June 4, 2015

Settling in

Posted in Blogging, Cats, Faith, Just Life tagged , , at 8:05 am by catsinboxes

He’s curled on the bookshelf by the window —napping and feigning oblivion. It’s a sham. I know he’ll be up soon: bustling into the bedroom if I spend too long in there before returning to the living room. Or, he’ll start patrolling the apartment: pacing from room to room and vociferously complaining when I don’t let him out or refuse to fling open a window to give him a better view.

Oliver. The cat I didn’t want. God certainly has a sense of humor. This cat has more personality in the tip of his tail then some cats in the entire sum of their lives.

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“I think he has some Oriental Shorthair in him; he has that look.” —Says Mary, our regular mail carrier and a fellow cat lover.

So, while he was in rare form one day, I looked up “Oriental Shorthair” and read their personality.

The Oriental has a . . . colorful personality. They are closely linked to the people they claim as their own and desperately want to share their lives with you. In the busiest moments, your Oriental will find a way to interrupt your activities.

They usually bond with one person and become extremely devoted and dependent upon their chosen human. Expect them to be at your side, in your lap, and at the door to interrogate you about where you’ve been.  (Cat Fancier’s Association &  Petfinder Breed Profile)

This explains so much, and it’s Oliver to a T.

And I didn’t want a cat . . . hah! God knew better.

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January 5, 2015

Another Year

Posted in Cats, Just Life tagged at 10:14 am by catsinboxes

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And cats are still in boxes!

April 5, 2012

Thursday

Posted in Blogging, Cats, Humor, Just Life tagged , at 10:27 pm by catsinboxes

I’m trying to be more consistent blogging, I really am.  The only problem is that, with my eclectic blog, I find myself wondering just what I should write about.  I don’t want to dive into a dystopian book review; I’ll save that for a day when my brain isn’t running on steam.  But, when in doubt, I feel it wise to return to the namesake for my blog . . . Cats.

I love cats.  I love cats because you can’t expect a cat to be obedient.

"Just try and make me listen!"

I love cats because of their rebel spirits; they will sit on the table or, better yet, on any clean laundry they can find.  I love their innate ability to differentiate between cat lovers and cat haters, and how they will love on the cat haters.  Even my cat, my grouchy cat who hates the world in general and children in particular, will turn into a purring sweetheart in the presence of a cat hater.  They just seem to know . . . .

"Would yah quit talking and just feed me???"

And, I love their attraction to boxes.  Hey, that’s how this blog got its name!

~At this point there is no comment . . . Grooming is a very absorbing occupation.

January 25, 2012

A Puppy’s Perspective

Posted in Cats, Humor, Just Life tagged , , at 8:08 pm by catsinboxes

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“Toby!” I do my best to sound reproachful. No movement. I try again,

“Toby!!” This time more emphasis and more reproach. Two dark eyes stare innocently at me.

“Toby; you get down right now!” I’m starting to get a reaction. He starts to move, just a little bit. I play hardball.

“You know what Mommy says!” Maybe it’s my imagination, but this tact works. He uncurls and hops off the couch. Then he sashays up to me, tail wagging apologetically, giving me his I-know-I’ve-been-naughty squinty eyes. I can’t help it, I pet him, but still scold.

We’ve had an audience the whole time. Two cats in the midst of their morning nap on the other couch. Duncan slumbers on, ignoring the disturbance, but Kitty-Kitty, ever the social one, is stretching and trying to attract my attention. I can imagine Toby’s thought process. I don’t know what your problem is, look at them! They sleep on the couch all the time! They even sleep on Mommy’s bed. Why can’t I take a nap on the couch now and then, huh? It’s just not fair. I think you like them better . . .

I answer Toby’s thoughts out loud,

“I know it’s not fair, but if we wanted to keep cats off of furniture, they would have to live outside.” And it’s true. Cats are simply cats, and that’s just what we expect. Dogs are supposed to be loyal and obedient and subservient to man. Cats? There’s a reason that Rudyard Kipling wrote in his Just So stories about “The Cat Who Walked by Himself.” It’s just the way they are, and I love them for it!

 

January 16, 2012

A Big Cat in a Little Box!

Posted in Blogging, Cats, Humor, Just Life, Uncategorized tagged , at 5:36 pm by catsinboxes

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December 9, 2011

Cats and Box

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 10:38 pm by catsinboxes

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I’m having fun watching the drama of two cats, one fat and easy-going, one young and peppery, both playing with a very flat box.

October 14, 2011

Namesake

Posted in Blogging, Humor tagged , , at 11:25 pm by catsinboxes

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A true fact of life: cats are irrestibly attracted to boxes.