Saturday, February 24, 2007

Bali Behind Bars


Cats, as we all know, love warm places, especially various kinds of vents. This means that our cats have always loved to snooze on top of Gary's stereo receiver, thereby depositing lots of fur on and inside the equipment. A while ago, we hit on the stratagem of putting an upside-down wire mesh "in" basket on top of the receiver to keep the cats from being able to sleep there comfortably. However, Bali's still small enough to squeeze underneath the basket, and today Gary took two pictures of him.

Here's the one that's in focus, but where Bali's eyes are closed:


And here's the one that's out of focus, but where Bali's eyes are open. (Quoth Gary, "It's not blurry; it's art!")


Bali's latest eccentricity is a fondness for unusual vegetables. Gary was cooking with white beans the other night, and Bali acted very interested, so Gary gave him a couple. Bali ate them. Of course, cats in the wild eat little animals who have vegetable matter in their stomachs, so they do need veggie roughage in their diets.

I have no idea, though, how to explain the passion that all of my mother's cats have had for jelly roll. We had one Siamese who, if she was on the second floor, would begin yowling the minute the jelly roll, ensconced in a bag of groceries, came in the front door. She wouldn't let up until we gave her some.

Gary and I don't eat jelly roll, so we don't know if our own cats like the stuff too.

8 comments:

  1. LOL! I'm glad Gary has a good sense of humor about Bali circumventing the basket shield. My Hyram loves to sleep on newly washed and dried laundry which waits in the basket for folding. My laundry habits are improving these days. As did my shoe storage when I had a dog. (g)

    Peace!

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  2. Cute, cute, cute!

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  3. How on earth does he get under the basket without knocking it down? Those photos are SO CUTE.

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  4. Lee: Yes, our cats love warm laundry too. When Gary empties the dryer into the hamper, Harley jumps into the hamper on top of the warm clothing, so he can get a ride upstairs to the bedroom, where Gary folds and sorts the clothing.

    We've just accepted the fact that our clothing will always be covered with cat car. Also, we own stock in several lint-roller companies.

    Terri: one end of the basket actually has a depression in the lip; I guess it's like the letter slot for the in-box. Anyway, when the basket's upside down, it forms a little doorway, and Bali's still small enough to crawl through that, although the other kitties aren't.

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  5. I'm not sure I'd be comfortable being regarded with eyes like those in the blurred photo.

    Guess I'm not really a cat person.

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  6. Hear, hear for the lint roller stock. Have you discovered those pet hair sponges? I got one the other day...works pretty well on furniture. I haven't tried it on clothes yet.

    Peace!

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  7. (avoids posting obvious wisecrack)

    At least small cats don't shed as much. But what happens when Bali gets a bit bigger and still tries going through the doorway? I fear a pending knock-over of the basket and anything on top of it.

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  8. Hey, Ken! Well, there's nothing on the basket: it's purely cat-proofing. The older cats have never tried to mess with it, which suggests that Bali may not, either. If he does, we'll a) get another basket without a "doorway" and b) put heavy rocks or sometehing on top of the basket to make it too heavy for him to budge.

    But as they get bigger, they develop new tricks more in keeping with their size. Figaro, our most athletic cat, can perch on the back of a chair and leap all the way to the top of our six-foot bookcases.

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