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Thursday, February 21, 2013

What Max Does

This is what Max does.  Every morning after Mickael goes to work.  What you can't really tell from the photo is the scale.  The top of the mantle is right at my eyebrow level.  I can't reach Max without getting out the big step stool or a ladder.  He knows this.  He also knows that Mickael can reach him without these things.  So he waits for Mickael to leave and then he goes Up where I can't reach him.  Also, he purrs at me from Up.  He thinks it's funny.  I'm not amused.  What's even less amusing is that I've seen him considering climbing the family papyrus (Mickael had it made when he was in Egypt a few years back).  When I hung it, I made sure it was done right, but I didn't plan for a kitty to climb it.  I hope I never find out what will happen if he climbs it, but I'm afraid it's only a matter of time.  Why does he do this?  He's so strange!



Anonymous Joyce said...

My mother used to use a well-placed squirt from a water pistol (just plain water--nothing harmful!) to deter their cat from spots she wasn't supposed to be...just don't hit the papyrus...

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reading the above comment, I'd like to add that I have a kitty a lot like Max, but the squirt gun doesn't work on him, as he likes it. Animal behavior experts usually suggest ignoring bad behavior, but if he starts to climb that papyrus it would be hard to ignore. Good luck, and with luck Max won't like water.

10:41 AM  
OpenID meezermeowmy said...

Oh, dear! I've always considered the fireplace mantle a "cat-safe zone". That's where I put my knitting when I run for the telephone or the bathroom. Max, you gymnast!

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Robby said...

Max says, "Why? I am cat. Here me purr with evil delight."

We did train our two to behave with a high quality water bottle that you could adjust the range of spray on. If they are especially persistent, you can add a tsp of white vinegar to it which they don't care for, just don't get them in the eyes.

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I swear I can hear my cat say "Higher, higher!" when she's in a climbing mood... Mr. Squirt Squirt helps.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

We have an upgoing cat, also. So far, the mantle is too crowded for her to risk jumping up there--maybe you could put some kind of garland across the front of the mantle to discourage him. It would mess with your decor for a while, but maybe he'll be distracted by another high place. Our cat decided the (very tall) kitty tree was not good enough, and climbed from the top of that onto the curtain rod holding the drapes!

2:22 PM  
Anonymous kayT said...

Oh dear. I too put the knitting on the mantle. As for the "why" question, the answer, as always, is "Cats is weird."

7:46 AM  
Blogger auntiemichal said...

17601Add glass to the papyrus? Build an attractive climbing thing for Max? Ikeahackers has had numerous posts for cat items. Max does sound like a keeper!

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An Egyptian papyrus? Cats were worshipped in Egypt so he's just going "home." And you have to admit Max looks simply gorgeous there, complementing your colors! Madeline

9:30 AM  

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