Cat proof my house

A furry basketball match

This is me at one of my favorite spots at Granny’s place.

katzen wollen kleine plastikkörbe

Of course this silly human of mine started squeaking, and I admit that I loved the attention. So yes, I was very satisfied with myself in this wonderful basket: Mom and Granny admired me, and I could even sunbathe for some time in the morning.

katzen liebe kleine körbe

However, this doesn’t mean that Mom can just copy this spot at our place. She got me a similar basket, and placed it on a “sunny” (we live in Finland…) shelf.

cats are very picky

Can you believe that she even tried to get me interested with a treat?? She’s hopeless – of course I won’t use this basket! It’s important to keep humans on their toes, because it’s dangerous when they become too confident.

tessa nov2015

And You’ll Never Walk Alone

One of the things I haven’t thought about when I cat-proofed my home was enough space in my cupboards. I have to put more things away now – bread, fruit, or let’s face it: anything I don’t want my cats to eat / play with / destroy.

I finally got myself to do one of the most boring things I know: to rearrange my cupboards.

hiding food from cats

You can always count on Tessa’s help when something needs to get fixed. She was sleeping upstairs, but it took her only 2 minutes until she joined me.

naughty cats

All activities are more fun with cats. Especially if you want to find new safe places for stuff you want to keep paw-free.

cat sniff at everything

mommy nov2015

In loving memory of Granny’s Christmas ornament

So today is the day we finally get to blog about Christmas!

It was yet far more difficult to wait for our Christmas toys – we were so envious of you American cats, because you’ve been blogging about trees and Christmas decoration for a long time! We were first afraid that our family doesn’t decorate AT ALL. Mom said that most people start decorating on the first Sunday of Advent. However, most Germans don’t decorate their Christmas trees until the 23rd or 24th of December!

So YES, on the evening of the 23rd a box full of Christmas decoration showed up!

cat is decorating for christmas

Of course Tessa had to inspect everything.

cat in christmas box

We were at first a bit disappointed, because Granny didn’t get a tree this year, but we really liked her Christmas ornaments. We shared her enthusiasm for a very beautiful and thin glass ornament, but Not-Me destroyed it some nights later!!! Can you believe that Mom was upset and blamed us?!? Granny said that this wasn’t our fault, but Mom was still angry. We mean … isn’t Granny always right?

tessa und kajsa nov2015

Help – Cats and Candles?

We live in a 120-year-old wooden house, and I was too afraid to light candles after I got my cats. However, I was freezing so much during the power outage that I was desperate for any source of heat. The obvious precaution, a big bucket with water, didn’t really solve my main concern: I was afraid that Tessa could come too close to a candle with her very fluffy tail. If her tail caught fire, she’d probably run upstairs and hide under my bed.

Our kitchen is at the same time our living room, and the place where we spent most time. I know for sure that there aren’t any hiding spots I can’t access. Believe me, I know all spots after our medication nightmare month.

That’s why I decided to

  1. Only light candles in the kitchen
  2. Close the kitchen door
  3. Have a lot of water available.
  4. Don’t forget the litter trays: I actually have a lot of sand as well!

So how did Kajsa and Tessa react? Both were of course curious.

what do cats do with candles

… and very careful. Have a look at Kajsa’s paws, she didn’t move any closer to the candle!

cat is very careful with candles

She was also investigating the other candles.

cats and candles

… but decided that it’s better to keep some distance.

how cats react to candles

I’d really appreciate to hear your experiences here: do you light candles when your cats are in the same room? Do you have any special precautions? Do you think my solution is too risky?

I think it’s highly unlikely that they will tilt candles or that their fur will catch fire. However, if this happens, I’m prepared with water and sand. Oh, and of course I won’t leave the room at all.

mommy nov2015

You Shall Have No Other Cats Before Us

cat is a jerk because of jealousy

(… and definitely not abandon us for a week! Mom’s finally back, but we’re ignoring her.)

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My new bed

Postponed Posts show older stories and pictures. So yes, the construction work is finally done, but we had such a long blog break that we need to catch up.

So everything was covered with dust when we came back from Germany, because the construction workers had “forgotten” to cover the interior. Mom had to clean everything and was annoyed. Kajsa and I were, however, thrilled to discover all the things she had been hiding from us.

Just have a look at this marvelous “box” system!

cats in weird spots

I tested different positions and decided that this is my new bed.

cat does not take no as an answer

What?? You need this thing for yourself? Why? Oh, don’t worry about the hair ties and clasps! Really, they DO NOT bother me at all, I can share my box with them!

cats and hair ties

tessa nov2015

Self Service Restaurant

Postponed Posts show older stories and pictures. So yes, the construction work is finally done, but we had such a long blog break that we need to catch up.

Ok, we really hated the construction work, but loved the chaos it caused. We had tons of great hiding spots, and played with things Mom normally hides, such as headphones and earrings.

It’s hard to choose a favorite, but I really appreciated that I had better access to the most important shelf. Humans are sometimes so careless, and our Mom is no exception. So I decided that she needed some help, and threw down our bowls whenever I was hungry.

cat tries to steale food

You’re wondering why I went for the plates instead for our food? Sigh. Believe me, I tried. I really tried.

how tall is your cat

tessa nov2015

The Return of the Queens

Feline friends, I hope you’ll never have to deal with this most annoying human hobby: major construction work as humans will make a LOT of noise and deny cats fundamental rights. We weren’t allowed to go upstairs, and were stuck with Mom in one room for over a month!

Humans have also a funny way of prioritizing. The noise eventually stopped, and the second floor was ours again – but it took another 6 weeks until we got windows! What did they think? Can we cats live without windows? I took a picture to document our torment.

Construction work with Cats

We’ve to admit that we’ve much more space after the construction work. Mom is very happy that all rooms are warm now. We’ve never lived here in winter, but this house was apparently impossible to heat. And the Finnish winter can be very long and cold, even in Southern Finland. Eek. So it was probably good that everything got fixed, but we’re so happy that it’s over now!

There’s just one thing left – how can we make our landlord build a sky lounge?

kajsa nov2015
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The Door of Mercy

cats and closed doors

We were thrilled when we read the latest number of The Tower Times. We so agree with Kitty Cat Chronicles and NUCAT (National Unit of Cats):

….doors should become extinct. No more doors!!! We should be able to enter any room or closet we desire at any time.

cats have different personalitiesYou know, there was this one room in granny’s flat – its door was always closed. I don’t know how many hours we’ve been sitting in front of this door, waiting, begging for mercy. And then, on our last evening, the magic happened.

Grandpa: I’ve a special plan for tonight. I’ll open the door for those poor cats.  It’s their last evening here,  and I think they’ve deserved a very special treat.

Isn’t he wonderful? Mamma laughed and said he’s childish, but we think he’s the best grandpa ever! And yes, it was also him who defended us when we destroyed this expensive wallpaper! So why again can’t he live with us in Finland?

You can tell from Tessa’s tail how exited she was when she entered the room. Oh, and don’t get me wrong – I’m also curious, but I’m keeping my strategy: Curiosity killed the long-haired cat. So let’s see what happens to Tessa first…

Catstruction means destruction

cat steals treats The construction work has its perks even though the noise is really annoying.

The whole upper floor is out of use, and Mamma’s short of space for all her stuff. She thought it’d be a good idea to put our transportation boxes above each other. I totally agree, because I could easily take our treats (4th shelf on the right side).

cat tries to steal treats However, I was stupid enough to do this whilst Mamma was home. Now I can only reach to her stinky coffee shelf (or that’s at least what she thinks).

Mamma is really cheap – I call it taking, she calls it stealing. I’ve never seen her eating our treats, so why on earth am I stealing something she doesn’t even use? And wasn’t she only the other day complaining that she’s got too much stuff? Why can’t she see that I was just trying to help her?

Besides, wasn’t she supposed to sleep at night? How can she wake up by some tiny cans falling down??

cats and construction workShe really has this strange habit of sleeping at night whilst we prefer to have a closer look at all those piles.

Oops. What happened now? I mean, we were just climbing a bit? And why is Mamma awake again?

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