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Tilting at Windmills

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June 15, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

FRIDAY CATBLOGGING....On the left, Inkblot is hoping that if he yawns hard enough a bird will fly into his mouth. Hasn't worked yet, but he's only eight years old. Maybe next year.

Domino, meanwhile, has completely abandoned the faux furry pod we bought for her a few months ago. Mostly this is because she now prefers the upstairs bed (the Mother Of All Pods), but also because she's so pleased with the latest piece of ingenuity from those clever humans she lives with. You can see the latest invention from homo sapiens on the right: a new and improved pod with built-in AutoChinRest™ technology. What will we think of next?

Kevin Drum 2:20 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (33)

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Great. Thanks, Kevin. Now, Costco is gonna start charging for boxes.

Posted by: Cap'n Phealy on June 15, 2007 at 2:21 PM | PERMALINK

Shhh. Don't tell Domino that we got it for free....

Posted by: Kevin Drum on June 15, 2007 at 2:25 PM | PERMALINK

Domino's box seems to be begging for a small trailer hitch on the front that you can attach a towline and pull her around the house in it.

Posted by: Doc at the Radar Station on June 15, 2007 at 2:26 PM | PERMALINK

Finally ... the cats . That must mean it is Friday. Hurrah!

Is Inkblot on the table? Is that allowed?

Tell Domino the cat in the box is an old trick. She needs to improve her repertoire. Maybe you should send her off to talent class.

Posted by: Optical Weenie on June 15, 2007 at 2:33 PM | PERMALINK

AutoChinRest™ - a real trade mark? Why didn't they think of that sooner? Didn't SCOTUS make it harder to defend stuff like that, if it is too "obvious" to be be trademarked, or did it only affect patents?
(I need to know - really!)

Posted by: Neil B. on June 15, 2007 at 2:42 PM | PERMALINK

Don't listen to Optical Weenie, Domino-you're absolutely adorable just as you are now. Man looking at Inkblot is making me about ready to start napping under my desk here any minute.

Posted by: Winnie on June 15, 2007 at 2:42 PM | PERMALINK

Optical, what does "allowed" have to do with it? My cat's aren't "allowed" on the table either - as if they care!

Kevin, great Pod engineering. (One of mine is VERY fond of a standard flat-rate Priority Mail post office box with a towel in the bottom)

Posted by: mldostert on June 15, 2007 at 2:45 PM | PERMALINK

mldostert - you win. Cleopatra, the Empress of the Universe, isn't allowed on the kitchen counters. I find paw tracks there everyday. Same thing on the glass coffee tables.

Posted by: Optical Weenie on June 15, 2007 at 2:54 PM | PERMALINK

Forget boxes, they're so old school. Save your next clear plastic quilt bag for kitty. It makes an amazing, see-through den. The most forlorn old toys can be reinvigorated by simply dangling, draping and tunneling them around the quilt-bagged kitty. Now that's livin'!

Posted by: ahab on June 15, 2007 at 2:58 PM | PERMALINK

Actually, we don't care if the cats jump up on the table. In fact, we even sort of encourage it. If company is over, we just put on a fresh tablecloth.

Posted by: Kevin Drum on June 15, 2007 at 3:00 PM | PERMALINK

I Can Has AutoChinRest?

Posted by: charlie don't surf on June 15, 2007 at 3:06 PM | PERMALINK

Do you put the fresh tablecloth on the table, or do you wear it toga style!
It would appear, by your encouraging your cats to have free access to the table, that you are the source of the current librul cat belief that they are entitled to any and everything in the world and us dumb humans live on earth only to serve them. Whaaa, makes me wanna turn tail and vote red. Naaaaa, can't do it.

Posted by: Optical Weenie on June 15, 2007 at 3:14 PM | PERMALINK

My previous kitty would rest her chin on my arm while cradling her. I miss that.

Posted by: Brojo on June 15, 2007 at 3:28 PM | PERMALINK

My cat Sammy (short for Samson; I didn't name him, he was a rescue cat) has always slept in strawberry boxes from CostCo. Even now, although the box is really very full, that's his favorite place to bed down.

Posted by: jame on June 15, 2007 at 3:44 PM | PERMALINK

I had a cat that loved to play in clear plastic bags. It was great to be able to watch her.

Posted by: Michele on June 15, 2007 at 3:59 PM | PERMALINK

When I was a kid we went apple picking. We brought home a heaping bushel basket of apples, and threw a thin cloth over it to... I don't know, keep the apples from getting dusty or something.

That immediately became the cat's favorite place to nap. On top of a bushel of apples.

I don't get cats sometimes.

Posted by: Irfo on June 15, 2007 at 4:28 PM | PERMALINK

Inkblot looks a little like Hitler. You should post his picture at Cats that look like Hitler.

Posted by: Plink on June 15, 2007 at 5:09 PM | PERMALINK

Optical, what does "allowed" have to do with it?
If a cat does it, then it is allowed. Not the other way around.

Inkblot, I will confess that I too lay on the kitchen table in an inebriated fashion singing opera.

And you all, letting your "kiddies" play in plastic bags? Aren't there warning labels on those things!

Have a great week-end all!

Posted by: Zit on June 15, 2007 at 5:24 PM | PERMALINK

Cats on the table? Blech.

Posted by: gummitch on June 15, 2007 at 5:30 PM | PERMALINK

Is that one of Marian's quilts? Lovely.

Kevin -- this is way OT, but does she ever sell them or do commissions?

Posted by: Tilli (Mojave Desert) on June 15, 2007 at 5:44 PM | PERMALINK

Inkblot's is the snapping turtle approach to feeding:


Posted by: DB on June 15, 2007 at 5:52 PM | PERMALINK

I am owned by cats - I take the tablecloth off and put the placemats down when i serve the meals, and put the tablecloth back on when dinner is over, since cats are totally untrainable in this regard.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka G.C.) on June 15, 2007 at 5:56 PM | PERMALINK

I feel betrayed! We made a special trip to Target to buy one of those cat buckets, purely on your cat's endorsement! This kind of Celebrity fecklessness is destroying our nation!

Posted by: John in SF on June 15, 2007 at 6:44 PM | PERMALINK

You're great, Kevin...
The cats are not so bad either.

Posted by: Brian on June 15, 2007 at 7:33 PM | PERMALINK

Plink's suggestion is great! CatsThatLookLikeHitler.com is the funniest site I've seen in a while and a perfect antidote to a *very* long Friday afternoon! I sent it to my husband, and he is ROTFL, as well! Thanks, Plink!

Posted by: MMC on June 15, 2007 at 7:55 PM | PERMALINK

awww, verra cute.

Posted by: Librul on June 15, 2007 at 8:03 PM | PERMALINK

Great commentary, Kevin! I love it that you show the little quirks of your cats and describe them to us. Very endearing cats.

Posted by: Sandy-LA 90034 on June 15, 2007 at 9:36 PM | PERMALINK

Echo, my cat that looked like inkblot, would rest her chin on my hand while I sat in my chair writing in a notebook. Forced me to choose words carefully because she didn't go for the eraser action at all.

Posted by: thersites on June 16, 2007 at 12:59 AM | PERMALINK

Nabie would sit on my lap while typing on the deskbot with her chin resting on my wrist. She would purrr as I typed comments.

Posted by: Brojo on June 16, 2007 at 3:21 AM | PERMALINK

hey kevin, how about making the cat pix clickable links to larger versions? maybe by storing them on photobucket.com or somesuchthing?

it would be great to be able to view them at a higher resolution!

does anybody else here know how to do this?

Posted by: neal on June 16, 2007 at 3:45 AM | PERMALINK

It is the height of arrogance and self delusion to think that ANY cat could find ANY human clever.

Posted by: Michael7843853 G-O in 08! on June 16, 2007 at 1:20 PM | PERMALINK

Congratulations to Plink for actually managing to invoke Godwin's Law on a catblogging thread!

Posted by: kelly on June 16, 2007 at 3:24 PM | PERMALINK

You know, if you just shut the door to the bedroom the cats wouldn't come in it. Not that hard to do--my bedroom door is never open because I will not sleep in a bed when a cat can also reach it.

Posted by: MNPundit on June 17, 2007 at 4:14 AM | PERMALINK



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