Daily Photo: Paper Towel Artist

black cat with paper towels
Mr. Sunshine guards his new project.

I walked in the kitchen to see Mr. Sunshine guarding his latest work, not because he knew he shouldn’t be shredding a roll of paper towels—not Mr. Sunshine, he does as he pleases! He didn’t want me to look at it yet because he considers it unfinished.

Mewsette is not the only conceptual artist in our family. In addition to his talents with tools and engineering, Mr. Sunshine occasionally creates a work in paper towels. He continued working on it, and I snuck a look at his progress as he stood back and assessed his progress.

black cat with paper towels
Mr. Sunshine assesses his next moves on his latest work.

Later, after he was pleased and had spent a good bit of the afternoon on my lap as my afternoon supervisor, I stole a glance into the kitchen to see how the new work was coming along. He’d incorporated a throw rug and a few household objects into it. I think it’s magnificent!

shredded paper towels
Mr. Sunshine’s latest work.

Mr. Sunshine has a lot of energy and very physical with the other cats, me, and the rest of daily life around the house. He wrestles with his brothers and runs up and down the steps to burn off some energy, and plays with lots of toys, but every once in a while he really needs to beat the crap out of something or he gets a little too rough, especially with Mewsette, who does not wrestle like her brothers do. I play with him, waving feather toys and tossing things for him to catch and clipping his favorite toys, wooden clothespins, on things around the kitchen—they are made of soft wood and he can dig both teeth and claws into them and he finds it very satisfying.

I’ve tried every larger toy I can find, made a few, and he also has things to climb and jump onto, but nothing works so well as destroying a roll of paper towels on the floor. After he’d done this a time or two I noticed he wasn’t so rough with his family and started leaving a roll of paper towel out for him now and then. This last time I had stashed one atop a box under the table and he managed to find it and pull it down, and create this truly creative work out of wrapping himself around it, biting and kicking it. He’s very happy. I don’t mind having a spare roll on hand for him if that’s what works best.

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8 thoughts on “Daily Photo: Paper Towel Artist

  • December 30, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Mr. Sunshine is quite the artiste! I love the photo of him looking as his work – fabulous!

  • December 30, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    dood…yur werk iz werthy oh de metropolitan…de flare ewe haz with towel iz unique N yur shredd
    style surpazzez most….we appreciate mom B allowing ewe extree kick time az de finished werk
    iz magnifique !!

    • December 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      Tabbies, they added a live mousie to it last night as a midnight snack–it was a real work in progress then!

  • December 30, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Sheer Genius!! They really are “The Creative Cats” aren’t they Bernadette??

    • December 30, 2013 at 1:27 am

      It may depend how you look at it Nancy, it could be a mess or it could be creative–I was always told to put my mess away but I make the rules now. I hope I inspire my cats as much as they inspire me.

  • December 29, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    My Smudge sometimes gets excited about egg cartons or, better still, flats. Paper, not styrofoam!!

    • December 29, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      You just never know which direction they are going to go with toys!


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