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February 2, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

FRIDAY CAT BLOGGING....Last week I blogged about the sheepskin kitty bed that I got for Domino and what a hit it turned out to be. In fact, it was such a hit that on Wednesday we got one for Inkblot too. We had to go to the dog section of the pet store to find one big enough, but find one we did.

He loves it. All I had to do was put it down next to him and he jumped right in and refused to budge for the rest of the day. (Until dinnertime, that is. Priorities.) And it's been great for us, too. Inkblot has always tended to sprawl out on the bed, which is sort of inconvenient for us, but now all we have to do is put his kitty bed where we want it (in the middle of the bed, oriented north-south) and he curls up right where we want him. And all for only ten bucks!

So anyway, here's your Friday Catblogging: Inkblot and Domino in their beloved (and cheap as dirt) cat beds. Best purchase I've made all week.

UPDATE: For everyone who's asked, we got these faux-sheepskin beds at PetSmart. The small one is here and the larger one is here. There's no guarantee that your cats will be as wild about them as ours, but for ten bucks ($15 for economy size cats) you can hardly go wrong.

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Those sheepskin window perches are good too. Just make sure they're firmly attached to the windowsill.

Posted by: Alan G on February 2, 2007 at 11:51 AM | PERMALINK

hmm.

we gave our cat one of those (acrylic, probably. not sheepskin) and she's only slept in it once. mostly she fights and wrestles with it.

Posted by: cleek on February 2, 2007 at 11:54 AM | PERMALINK

Such disrespect for your OverLords

You should be sleeping in one of those while the kitties get the bed

Meow !

"We are accustomed to the new land yet attached to the old country" - anon

Posted by: daCascadian on February 2, 2007 at 11:58 AM | PERMALINK

Kevin: Inkblot has always tended to sprawl out on the bed, which is sort of inconvenient for us...

Our 16+ YO cat, Sheila, has just recently begun sleeping under the covers between my wife and I. We think she realizes her time is coming soon.

We have had plenty of cats who sleep on the bed, in the bed, on our pillows, and wherever they damn well feel like. It's never been inconvenient. I cherish them, and always accomodate them.

Posted by: bigcat on February 2, 2007 at 12:11 PM | PERMALINK

Yay! Cat blogging!

Where did you get the (cheap) cat beds, Kevin?

Posted by: Ducktape on February 2, 2007 at 12:15 PM | PERMALINK

"We had to go to the dog section of the pet store to find one big enough"

Some folks are built like this
Some folks are built like that
But the way I'm built
Don't you call me fat
I'm built for comfort,
I ain't built for speed
--Howlin' Wolf on Inkblot


That is your random commentary for today.

Posted by: Sam Spade on February 2, 2007 at 12:15 PM | PERMALINK

I discovered these beds a few years ago. All my cats love them. I buried my beloved 18-year old Sasha in one a couple of weeks ago. I imagine her sleeping peacefully in it for eternity. Thanks for the update. We love the Friday catblogging.

Posted by: LTL on February 2, 2007 at 12:21 PM | PERMALINK

Those cups runneth over. :)

Posted by: Zit on February 2, 2007 at 12:23 PM | PERMALINK

Just great! LOL!

Thanks for the Friday catblogging!

Posted by: Sandy-LA 90034 on February 2, 2007 at 12:27 PM | PERMALINK

I hate to interrupt the Friday feline lovefest, but the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) is out for Iraq and it don't look good for the Bushies. Go over to www.talkingpointsmemo.com for more details or its companion site www.tpmmuckraker.com. Basically, it says that the surge is doomed to fail, we are fucked (pardon the vulgarity) and Iran is not the huge problem Bush wants us to believe that it is.

If Bush goes ahead with his attack on Iran in light of this, his ass is hanging so far out in the wind that even the gutless Democrats wll have no choice but to impeach his sorry ass. This is horrible news for our troops in harm's way but this may be the impetus to cut the funds off for this debacle and bring our sons and daughters home!

Posted by: The Conservative Deflator on February 2, 2007 at 12:29 PM | PERMALINK

Use of profanity in reference to an obscenity is perfectly fine.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka Global Citizen) on February 2, 2007 at 12:31 PM | PERMALINK

Basically, it says that [...] Iran is not the huge problem Bush wants us to believe that it is.

Well, to be fair, Bush is not alone: Hillary Clinton has been pushing the Iran-as-major-threat line too, as recently as yesterday in her effort to court the vote of the Israel lobby.

Posted by: cmdicely on February 2, 2007 at 12:36 PM | PERMALINK

Thanks for continuing kittyblogging Kevin. In these dark times worrying whether the chimp will invade Iran and all I need pictures of the furry lest I fall into despair. And when you have to buy a bed from a dog part of the store for the kitty I think we can safely say we're dealing with a Monster Tabby!

Posted by: Winnie on February 2, 2007 at 12:44 PM | PERMALINK

You inspired me to further indulge my kitties and look for a bed for them. I am not finding the same bed as pictured here -- please let us know where you purchased the bed. The ones I'm finding start at $20, and while I'm willing to pay it... I like the idea of "supercheap" much better. Plus, the ones you have for your cats look like they'd fit in a washing machine.

Here in Minnesota, we're enjoying a cold spell (-7 when I got up this morning). With my heat cranked, the kitties hung out on furniture that is next to the radiators. Last night, I turned my heat down to the mid-60s and my plan worked! Kitties slept with me last night!

Posted by: Angela on February 2, 2007 at 12:44 PM | PERMALINK

Now Shadow, who's looking over my shoulder, wants one! Mrs. T and I must tremble and obey. Thanks a bunch, Kevin!

Posted by: thersites on February 2, 2007 at 12:55 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin- I got this in email this week; thought it was appropriate to the discussion:

PET RULES
To be posted VERY LOW on the refrigerator door - nose height.

Dear Dogs and Cats,

The dishes with the paw print are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Please note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.

The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn't help because I fall faster than you can run.

I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort. Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm.

For the last time, there is not a secret exit from the bathroom. If by some miracle I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, and try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge and try to pull the door open. I must exit through the same door I entered. Also, I have been using the bathroom for years -- canine or feline attendance is not required.

The proper order is kiss me, then go smell the other dog or cat's butt. I cannot stress this enough!

To pacify you, my dear pets, I have posted the following message on our front door:

To All Non-Pet Owners Who Visit & Like to Complain About Our Pets:

1. They live here. You don't.
2. If you don't want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. (That's why they call it "fur"niture.)
3. I like my pets a lot better than I like most people.

4. To you, it's an animal. To me, he/she is an adopted son/daughter who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly.

Remember: In many ways, dogs and cats are better than kids because they:
1. Eat less
2. Don't ask for money all the time
3 Are easier to train
4. Normally come when called
5. Never ask to drive the car
6. Don't hang out with drug-using friends
7. Don't smoke or drink
8. Don't have to buy the latest fashions
9. Don't want to wear your clothes
10. Don't need ”gazillion” dollars for college.

And finally,

11. If they get pregnant, you can sell their children.

Posted by: greynoldsct00 on February 2, 2007 at 12:55 PM | PERMALINK

Well, if any of you suckers -- I mean, cat owners -- finds beds like the ones pictured here, please share your source!

Posted by: Angela on February 2, 2007 at 1:01 PM | PERMALINK

Around our house, those beds are known as "Kitty Kondoms," to differentiate them from the higher-sided beds called "Kitty Kups."

We purchased ours at P*tsM*rt for $9.99 each, and yes, they are wonderful!

Posted by: Henry Reed on February 2, 2007 at 1:01 PM | PERMALINK

I checked the PetSmart website and didn't find these same beds. Hrmmm.

Posted by: Angela on February 2, 2007 at 1:02 PM | PERMALINK

Angela-- Many retailers are rather lax about putting their entire stock online, particularly the supercheap items. It may be much easier to simply wander into a brick & mortar store and find what you're looking for. I've seen those same things for sale at Petsmart, but I don't recall the price. Good luck!

Posted by: American Hawk on February 2, 2007 at 1:11 PM | PERMALINK

soooooooooooo cuuuuuuuuuuute!

Posted by: farmgirl on February 2, 2007 at 1:21 PM | PERMALINK

cmdicely:

That is one of many reasons that I do not support Hillary Clinton for president.

TCD

Posted by: The Conservative Deflator on February 2, 2007 at 1:27 PM | PERMALINK

American Hawk,

Thank you for your non-beligerent post. Everything is really not right vs. left.

Posted by: bigcat on February 2, 2007 at 1:29 PM | PERMALINK

6. Don't hang out with drug-using friends

Clearly, your cats are using their catnip behind your back. Haven't you ever wondered what that little baggie of dried-up herbs is for?

Not to mention the classic movie "Catnip Madness" ...

Posted by: Mnemosyne on February 2, 2007 at 1:41 PM | PERMALINK

Anybody else thinking Domino needs a bigger bed? Kevin could shell out another $10, then put up Domino's little old bed as a fantastic prize or something.

Posted by: ferd on February 2, 2007 at 1:42 PM | PERMALINK

Mnemosyne,

"Clearly, your cats are using their catnip behind your back. Haven't you ever wondered what that little baggie of dried-up herbs is for?

Not to mention the classic movie "Catnip Madness" ...

I stand corrected! In fact, I buy the little baggies of dried-up herbs for them -- and we also own Video Catnip. oh well, even Cats can have some vices...

Posted by: greynoldsct00 on February 2, 2007 at 2:15 PM | PERMALINK

The beds do come in all sizes-I have a couple for my Newfoundlands!

Yes, my cats like them too! The beds, not the Newfs.

Posted by: Mark on February 2, 2007 at 2:56 PM | PERMALINK

Ikea sells what it calls its Ludde Sheepskin for
$49.95 ~ 2x3 ft.

Its real sheepskin with the wool combed out so the pile is long, uncurled and very soft. My kitties were in paradise. It is well worth the price.

Posted by: Keith G on February 2, 2007 at 2:58 PM | PERMALINK

I agree--Domino's bed is already overflowing, and given that her queenly approach to the relationship likely means that she'll eat all of the food, a bigger bed is in the cards.

Posted by: lahke on February 2, 2007 at 3:34 PM | PERMALINK

A couple years ago we ended up with an extra what I'll call a plant saucer, a large clear plastic thing big enough to hold a clay pot that we'd brought inside for the winter. The extra "saucer" was on the kitchen table a few minutes before Mr Munch, our big white Himalayan, took it over. He could lean against the sides of it just like Kevin's cats are doing in the pics. He used it for a year or two. It cost less than a dollar. He loved it.

Posted by: mdsand on February 2, 2007 at 3:43 PM | PERMALINK

I got a large Mogu pillow (full of heat-retaining poly-something plastic tiny pearls)on the last day of the store-is-closing Mogu sale. Then the temperature dropped in my poorly-insulated 1870's-built space one of my cats got on it and, like Inkblot, got off only for "priorities", so I had to find another Mogu pillow for the other one (found one on Amazon.com). My cats are Mogu cats. They'll ignore anything from a cat store -- I got one of those fake sheepskin beds, the dominant cat sat in it, rubbed her face to mark it, and then both cats totally ignored it thereafter.

Posted by: Diana on February 2, 2007 at 3:53 PM | PERMALINK

My cat has also fallen in love with those beds, and now she has three. She even sometimes sleeps in the one we keep on the bed instead of on one of us humans. Sometimes.

These things get incredibly dirty real fast, although every time we wash them, it takes the cat a few days to get used to them again.

Posted by: Eric Folley on February 2, 2007 at 3:54 PM | PERMALINK

No cat beds here. No sirreee! I'm slightly embarrassed to admit to owning a cat tree that they seem to love beyond all rationality. It has 3 platforms, holes for sneaking through and various feathery attachments. They sleep on it, pretend to be the lord of the jungle on it or a steely eyed, ears-folded-back predator. They also sharpen their claws on it, thus saving my furniture. In my defense, I didn't buy it. My son got sick of it in his small apartment and asked if I wanted it, so I said I'd take it. What's next? Cat walkways on the walls? God, I hope not.

Posted by: ExBrit on February 2, 2007 at 4:17 PM | PERMALINK

Um, exbrit, if you search for "cats" on the blog apartmenttherapy.com, you will see instances where people have installed cat shelves, walkways, and stairways to the ceiling fo the benefit of the cat ... there's no limit. They are our furry overlords indeed.

Posted by: Diana on February 2, 2007 at 4:33 PM | PERMALINK

We just clear the bedroom of pets and then firmly shut the door before turning in. Otherwise, alpha cat would spend the night kneading or licking our hair.

Posted by: American Citizen on February 2, 2007 at 4:37 PM | PERMALINK

We have an 18 year old cat with bad kidneys. He gets subcutaneous water injections three times a week (we've learned to do this ourselves), special food, pepcid every day for his digestive tract, etc. In short, he's getting lots of loving attention.

Last winter my spouse returned from a trip to the pet store with a heated kitty bed. Looks a lot like these things, but basically has a heating pad in the bottom. I figured we'd wasted fairly big bucks.

The cat took one look at it, climbed in, and now only leaves it for lap and dinner. He probably spends 18 hours a day in it.

Posted by: gemini on February 2, 2007 at 4:47 PM | PERMALINK

Gosh! My cats have always felt free to sleep in or on my bed. But maybe, just maybe, my present 2 cats will like those beds. And there's a Petsmart not too far from where I live. . . .
Anne G

Posted by: Anne Gilbert on February 2, 2007 at 5:05 PM | PERMALINK

That's some superior cute.

Posted by: annelina on February 2, 2007 at 5:54 PM | PERMALINK

My cats sleep on these beds on top of my bed.

Posted by: dorothy on February 2, 2007 at 5:55 PM | PERMALINK

American Citizen: We just clear the bedroom of pets and then firmly shut the door before turning in

Good idea, but how do you sleep over the scratching and hollering? Not being snarky -- desperate!

Posted by: thersites on February 2, 2007 at 6:01 PM | PERMALINK

My cat Tiki has been diagnosed with FIP. He's in the early stages so he's still pretty active, but with FIP he's likely to fade quickly. He had about 800 cc of liquid removed from his stomach last night. He's only about 7 months old, and I'm very sad...

There are some pictures of him on my myspace page if anyone in interested:
myspace.com/bloppo

Posted by: Bloppo on February 2, 2007 at 6:07 PM | PERMALINK

Ah Yes......My Favorite way to end the political week - reading Cat Blogging. Keeps my memory green by reminding me of what's really important in life my human-dog pack.

Posted by: JerseyMissouri on February 2, 2007 at 6:28 PM | PERMALINK

Cats are cats.

Over 25 years I've had cats who've loved these little beds** and others who would rarely touch them. But something I've also found is that where you put them can make a difference. I recently moved a bed that had been rarely used for years in the old location, and now my 2 little guys use it all the time in the new location. Another thing is that sometimes they -- and they're both 15-pounders -- prefer the small, cramped bed and other times they go for the really roomy one.

Cats are cats.

** I've got 3 around the house: "little bed", "big little bed" and "new little bed".... and of course, that's in addition to the always-a-favorite "big bed", which is where I sleep.

Posted by: Randy Gold on February 2, 2007 at 6:43 PM | PERMALINK

Inkblot's bed looks to be just right.

Domino's a tad small. But she might like it that way.

Domino: "Are you looking at me?"

Posted by: James on February 2, 2007 at 6:54 PM | PERMALINK

Those are two contented cats!
Cat-blogging is a stress reducer, reminds me of the simple life.
Especially after the crazy work week comes to a merciful end.

Posted by: consider wisely always on February 2, 2007 at 7:16 PM | PERMALINK

We had one of those for Frisker. She loved it. Then it got dirty and flea ridden. So I washed it. Never would sleep in it again. Be warned.

Posted by: janinsanfran on February 2, 2007 at 8:18 PM | PERMALINK

Awwwwww! Very cute. both cats look very happy.

when I drop a leather jacket or down coat on my bed, my cat immediately takes up residence on it. her favorite "bed", for sure.

Posted by: Librul on February 2, 2007 at 8:21 PM | PERMALINK

Angela >"I checked the PetSmart website and didn't find these same beds. Hrmmm."

Send Kevin an email asking for the stock number(s) & then call the local P**Sm**t and ask for them by the stock number

Meow !

"All animals except Man know that the ultimate purpose of life is to enjoy it" - Samuel Butler

Posted by: daCascadian on February 2, 2007 at 8:38 PM | PERMALINK

Another vote for the oldsters or recovering kitties - the heated bed or a cat heating pad.

I had a cat who slept on top of the heat vents most of the winter when he wasn't taking over the bed. He required major surgery late in his life and I bought a cat heating pad, thinking it might soothe him a bit. He loved the thing. I mean ...adored it. And washing did not diminish his love.

One of my best memories of any pet I've had - Kitty, sprawled on the heating pad, blissfully gnawing on a catnip toy that looked like Newt Gingrich. With special attention for Newt's head.

Good luck with the babies - they are really spectacular.

Posted by: T4TX_T4TN on February 3, 2007 at 1:00 AM | PERMALINK

hey bloppo, condolences. Nice pics though.

Posted by: snicker-snack on February 3, 2007 at 4:55 AM | PERMALINK

Laugh, laugh. Love the kitties. And our baby also has one of those beds. But he prefers a lap to sleep on.

Posted by: JWC on February 3, 2007 at 6:26 PM | PERMALINK

We love this bed as much as the cat does.
Our cat has had one of these for over a year and she basically lives in it all day long. We only just thought to put it in our bed at night, though -- and that has changed our lives! We are actually getting full nights' sleep now, because the cat stays put.

Posted by: pfil on February 4, 2007 at 8:52 AM | PERMALINK

I bought one of the cat-sized beds at a pet store (couldn't find the small dog sized one) this weekend. My oldest of three cats loves it. She rarely leaves it. As she can barely fit in it, I'll be searching for a larger one. Then my middle cat can claim the small one.

Posted by: Bill on February 5, 2007 at 9:44 AM | PERMALINK

Oh - for those looking to order online from the Mart for Pets and couldn't find them, try #451560 ($10) for the 'Domino' one, and #451557 ($15) for the 'Inkblot' one.

Posted by: Bill on February 5, 2007 at 10:07 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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