Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A Cush(ion)y Life

Enough of these new cats, feral cats, trapped cats and outsider cats! What about the cats I live with? Are they not causing enough problems to write about?

Hmm, how do I answer that?

I thought it was time to buy new cushions for the hard, wooden chairs at my dining table. The cushions I had were still comfortable but, due to the fact that cats - especially a certain sausage-like feline - used them constantly, and even ate upon them, they had, over the years, become nigh disgusting. They needed to be thrown into the garbage and new ones substituted.

Unfortunately, the new cushions did not meet with the sausage’s favour. They were too thin. For me, they were adequate. The padding was slender but much like enough water in a pool not to keep a diver from touching the bottom, but to keep him from hitting it painfully. Tucker did not see the analogy. He refused to use the new cushions.

I brought out the cushion from a similar chair I keep in the bedroom. It is thick, it is comfortable, it is like the old cushions. Tucker approved.

But someone else approved, as well. Usually spreading his orange form across the hard surface of the table, Parker decided that the new cushion was an ideal contrast. He has never paid much attention to the cushions, but it occurred to me that each of them would have had a Tucker smell - what the French call ‘eau de role-et-pole; since I rotate the chairs from one positions to the next, Tucker snoozes on all of their cushions. This one, from the bedroom, was used exclusively for stepping from the cat-tree to the bed, and principally by Josie. So Parker no doubt felt at ease sleeping on it, in its new position.

But necessity makes its demands and an accommodation was reached. After all, a thin cushion is better than none, right, Tucker?

And anyway, some cats are not quite as fussy. Not quite.


  1. "eau de role-et-pole"....ROFLOL!
    Manny chewed the tie off the one, lone chair cushion that we have...on MY chair! May need to switch to velcro strap chair cushions...LOL!

  2. Your cats make me think of the old children's story, "Goldilocks and the Three Bears", trying to find the right "fit", different for each. :-)

  3. Oh dear! Poor Tucker thought he had his nice soft cushion back. He will have to move quicker to make sure he gets it again.

  4. Sometimes I think the cushier it is the better my cats will like something...nope they seem to like sitting on the brick hearth just as much as sitting/lying on a pillow or cushion.

  5. "Eau de role-et-pole" - I love it!! Well, at least Tucker and Parker have each found a cushion that meets their high standards. Ahh, everyone's a critic. :-)

  6. It looks like everyone has found a cushion that is just right for them. No point in having matching cushions - best to have one for each cat. And one for you too.

  7. I have the biggest smile of the day with this story of the sausage and the rest! SO glad I stopped by this later in the day time. :-)

  8. Awww Tucker you look very content on your old cushion. Cats are not often fond of change unfortunately.

  9. Hahaha! Everybody looks content.

  10. cat most IMPORTANT questshun heer iz whether ore not yur dad ASKED PURRMIZZION ta change de cushionz frum de get go ~~~~~ ☺☺♥♥

    1. That's a good point, guys - and I'm not sayin'...

  11. Isn't it amazing how cats let us know how they feel with no words. And of course, we do our best to give them what they want.