Thursday, January 7, 2016

Renn Finds Something New in Something Old

The cat-tree topped with the cylinder was downstairs in the house. I brought it to the apartment but was not sure that I would keep it, as space would be limited in the new home. Other than my temporary foster-cat, Noah, only Cammie used the cylinder-house. She liked to resort to it when she wanted to be away from the others, especially if she was under the weather. None of the other cats frequented the basement except to use the litter-boxes, so the princess could retreat to solitude there.

Now, there is no basement, and Cammie has already found the isolation of the area beneath the bed to be comforting. The cylinder-house, therefore, I thought would be unused. I was wrong.

Never having so much as scratched at this cat-tree previously, Renn has developed a swift and deep fondness for it. I can’t imagine that the interior of the cylinder is comfortable for any cat, never mind one the size of my big boy. And yet he can be found there quite often now. Consequently, I am loathe to remove this new-found haunt, especially since, in the apartment, there are fewer places for the cats to enjoy.


The cylinder-house is in the short corridor, next to the bookcase that faces the front door. It is certainly not in the way, but neither is it an attractive piece of decor to be seen as soon as one enters. However, I am not one to cater to mere humans who come to visit, even though they may be my friends, or even to the human who lives in the apartment and pays the bills…

So the cylinder-house will remain, to give Renn a place in which he can contemplate his now-smaller though still interesting world. It will provide my scientist a novel venue, a different perspective, something which will allow further fuel to fire his active imagination.

And it’s a neat place for him to snooze, too.

20 comments:

  1. Ha! Love the pics, he obviously "owns" it now. :-)

    I often think that my living space certainly wouldn't win any decor awards, as it's crammed full (my perspective) with cat "stuff." But that's OKAY -- we who are pet caretakers understand!

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    1. Kim, your living room isn't crammed! It is cosy and comfortable.

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  2. Good on Renn for finding a spot of his own. Miss Pops sleeps in places round our house on strict rotation, she will curl up in the same spot for two weeks at a time, then move onto the next comfy nest.

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  3. gives him a nice change of perspective :)

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  4. guys.....awesum job on keepin yur dad guessin !!!! next week ....just ta reel lee make him say....huh ???

    put thiz plan inta acshun

    **************** then ****** and *********

    kewl huh !! ♥♥♥

    N joy yur new hang out dood !!

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  5. Ah! You just learned the first principle of living in an apartment with cats, John: You pay the rent, but they own the apartment!

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  6. I just love Renn! Best to furnish the home with cat furniture and if space left over then try to fit in a piece or two of furniture for the human. My home is still filled with Jessica's things and they are not leaving this home.

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    1. Their belongings come to mean so much to us.

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  7. It's wonderful how Ren has found a favourite spot and made it his own. Maybe it's Cammie's scent on the tree and that it "belongs" to her that makes it so appealing. Sort of like dinner time at my house: no cat dinner is a delicious a one stolen from another cat.
    Interestingly enough, my rotund kitties are the ones that like the tube. Yours is rather deluxe next to ours.

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  8. It would certainly seem everyone has settle in well. That's wonderful!

    I wonder if it is the possibly of you coming through the door that makes the tree more attractive to Renn now.

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  9. Renn looks so cute atop the cylinder, and even cuter inside.

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  10. Well Renn looks very happy with his "new" can tree!

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  11. Cat furniture is the best kind of furniture! Our house seems rather empty without it now.
    Take care and have a good weekend!

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  12. I still feel Jessie's spirit with her beds and belongings as she left them. I can't even bring myself to wash her things.

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  13. After living with multiple cats (4) most of my adult yrs. and was often embarrassed to have unexpected guests arrive only to see assorted cat condos, toy, food dishes, scratched furniture, etc.. After much stress & angst over my desire to have my home look as though the cats did not exist, I decided to change my point of view on the topic. I asked myself if the companionship & love the cats afforded me was more important than clawed furniture, blankets protecting some furnishings & the occasional spot on the carpet. My answer was a "Yes", they were worth every bit of imperfection they brought with them. I was surprised at how much pressure I took off myself, attempting to have the picture perfect home when it really wasn't compatible with owning cats. I reached the conclusion that their companionship was worth far more than a few pieces of clawed furniture. The cats & I live here almost 100% of the time. Guests are here a fraction of 1%. If they want to visit that great, but they will have to live with the less than perfect furniture, the cat furniture and assorted belongings. I no longer am apologetic & rushing madly to hide these things as fast as I can and then have to bring it all back into place. Life with cats is a compromise. There are places & things off limit to them and for the most part they don't bend the rules too often. I have just accepted that I can't be a perfectionist and co-exist with my cats. We are all better off since I reached this conclusion.

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    1. That's how I feel. My cats are part of my life; if people want to deal with me, they'll deal with my cats.

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  14. Oh John, I look at it as the luxury of being a single person with pets that I can decorate my home with furniture, toys, blankets and beds that make my little family comfy and happy. My house is definitely cat and dog friendly. No one that visits really seems to mind, if they did, that would be their issue, not mine :)

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