Monday, July 22, 2019

A Logic of Their Own

Among the chores completed during my holidays was the cleaning of the cat-trees. Due to its shape, the most difficult, if not the most time-consuming, was the cylinder-house cat-tree. This has been a favourite haunt of Renn’s. When I cleaned it last year, it took my big boy six months to decide to use it again. His smell may have been disturbed, a new scent introduced, the texture may have been altered… Who knows why he needed so long to determine to lie in it again?

This year, he required half a day.

I used the same cleaning technique, the same type of gloves, the same curry-comb, and nothing more than water. Hours after I had brushed and combed and pulled and rubbed, surely changing the tree’s interior as much as I had last year, Renn was back inside, snoozing away. What reason there is for the difference, I can’t say, but I ascribe it to the same thinking that allows cats to eat of one variety of food in the morning and to disdain it in the afternoon. It’s nothing that we humans will ever know.

But Renn is happy and I, as when he eats the same kind of food two meals in a row, am pleased.


  1. You are a much better daddy than I am a mom. I clean the outsides all the time but rarely go in the inside. Just a few handful of furs. I vow to be a better mom.

    1. You have just the one little furball to clean up after, so there is less debris. From what I read on Katie's blog, you are a very good cat-mum.

  2. The Psychology of a cat...
    If anyone can solve it..they'd make
    a fortune..Don't think we'd ever want
    to know..would we..! 😼 🐾🐾

  3. I have never ordered Miss Pops a cat tree as I worry that I would spend the dollars and it would never get sat in. She has plenty of spots to perch on now. Maybe if I got kittens again I would get them one.

  4. Maybe he realised what he had been missing for 6 months the last time when he turned his back on it, and was determined no to lose out this time.

  5. Ahh...Who knows why cats do things or act the way they do. But that's what makes cats so wonderful - if you have a cat, there's never a dull moment.

  6. I like Willie's comment--and I'm sure we really wouldn't want to know. :-)

    I don't clean the cat trees often, and when I do it's usually with a rubber glove, lint brush, or vacuum wand attachment. That said, I did have to scrub the one by the living room window this morning, as Nicki threw up a hairball and food all over it sometime during the night. What a mess.

    Anyway, smooches to Renn, he's such an adorable fellow. :-)

  7. Thank you for your kind words for the loss of our Rosa. Yes 14 is way to young to lose them.

    Cats of Wildcat Woods

  8. Renn was simply biding his time to start the re-furring process!

  9. dood...itz nice ta keep yur dad guessin...iznt it ;)


  10. Renn, you're a funny boy! Keep the bean guessing. :)

  11. He looks happy in there and if we can ever discern their way of thinking we will surely learn the secrets of the universe. Or some bit thereof