Daily Photo: Now That’s a Scratching Post

Now that's a scratching post!
Now that’s a scratching post!

Nos that’s a scratching post! Mimi and I spent some time outside this afternoon and she ran for the river birch as soon as she saw it and had a really good, long scratch. She scratched so hard that she ended up with bark chips on her face! Watching her in this I could imagine how good it felt—stretching her back, her legs, exercising her paws, getting a good, deep grip in the bark and yanking pieces off.

Mimi has bark chips on her face.
Mimi has bark chips on her face.

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Special photos from previous years on this date

Daily Photo Reprise: May I See Some ID? 2010 and 2007

 

May I see some I.D.?
May I see some I.D.?

“This is a private party for ‘Cats Who Drink Straight from the Tap’. You need to be a member of this club to enter.”

“This is my bathroom.”

“This is our bathroom. We grew up in here.”

“This is my house.”

“Nonsense. We spend more time here than you do.”

“I’m your human.”

“That’s nice.”

“I open the food.”

“Of course you do.”

“I might decide not to.”

“Of course you won’t.”

“Who turns on the faucet for this party?”

Silence.

“Guess you have to let me in.”

“I was going to anyway.”

“Sure.”

Stay tuned for a vintage dose of cuteness

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Mr. Sunshine in 2007.
Mr. Sunshine in 2007.

So he not only has a little bit of practice at this head-tilt thing, he’s also sitting in nearly exactly the same spot!

Right now the vintage mint green sink is to your left as you walk in the door, flush in the corner, but when they were babies the end of the tub was in that corner. It really was a favorite ambush spot! When the bathroom was completely rearranged and my sink ended up there, Mr. Sunshine just “got a raise” because he still does this today!

But to put him in perspective, he is at about 8 weeks old, just about exactly five years ago, in fact, and here is what the little fuzzball looked like when I walked into the room…

Tiny Mr. Sunshine!
Tiny Mr. Sunshine!

To see other photos of the Fantastic Four as babies, search Curious Quartet, which is what I called them as kittens.

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Special photos from previous years on this date

Wordless Wednesday: Autumn Kittens

black cat silhouettes
Bella eyes Smokie’s tail as they enjoy the windowsill.

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Daily Photo Reprise: Back on the Butterfly, 2010

Back on the Butterfly.
Back on the Butterfly.

The furnace came on the first time this season on Sunday night, and Peaches wandered into my office and sat in front of the furnace vent at the foot of the stairs, her favorite sleeping spot. In honor of the occasion I unpacked the cleaned and rested butterfly rug for her comfort.

Just as if the heating season had never ended last spring, the boys all gravitated toward it and joined Peaches while she tucked herself in between them. Giuseppe and Jelly Bean gave her a few licks and purred, but mostly they just transferred warmth and youthful energy. I swear it’s what keeps her going so well.

I just have to leap over them to get to the steps, but what’s a little inconvenience for the comfort of up to six cats?

One caution if your cats sleep around heating sources such as furnace vents, wood stoves or cooking stoves—make sure they don’t press against any heat-producing source. Cats are heat seekers, but they can easily burn through their fur down to their skin if they curl up against a standard furnace vent, the legs or other parts of some wood stoves, especially older ones, fireplace apparatus like screens or andirons while the fire is burning, some radiators or even an old-fashioned gas stove top with the pilot underneath. You’d think they’d know they were burning themselves, but haven’t you ever burned yourself on the stove or on a grill and not immediately known it?

This vent is intended for high-traffic areas and is an alloy coated with Teflon. It doesn’t hold enough heat to burn skin or fur while the furnace is blowing hot air unless the furnace goes above 85 degrees (mine never sees 70). I tested it with my own hand.

I have all my other vents, which are basic painted metal and can’t be replaced because of their size and placement, surrounded with a wire cage—nothing fancy, I made it out of vinyl-coated fencing held far enough away from the vent that the wire or vinyl can’t build up enough heat on the outside of the cage. Most newer wood stoves or other burners have protective barriers on legs and parts around the bottom, but the fireplaces and stoves are still an issue requiring care. I actually had a cat who slept on the stove top over the pilot, and I had to layer cookie sheets over it so he wasn’t directly in contact with the hot metal where he repeatedly re-burned his front leg.

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One thought on “Daily Photo: Now That’s a Scratching Post

  • October 10, 2016 at 5:43 pm
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    mimi…thiz IZ de awesumest scratchin post like ever….tell yur mom ta bring that tree inn side sum how…..ore may bee a nice log ore two huh !!! ☺☺☺

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