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06 September 2018 @ 03:58 pm
Feline Weirdness, Part 2  
So, I mentioned our cat's sudden increase in weird sleeping locations in this post, but there was more still to come. :O

For years, she has spent time on the cat pads on each of the two sofas, with occasional lap sitting for about 5-10 minutes. I was home for 6 weeks this spring, recuperating from my second surgery, and she expanded into sitting on my chest or lap when I would lie down under a fleece blanket. I think the "lying down" part was key, because this cat has trust issues. She was 4 when we got her, and she'll be 9 soon, but she's clearly afraid of falling asleep on anyone. Because then we might eat her? I don't know...

Anyway, my feet were usually on her cat pad while I was lying down, and gradually, she quit getting on it altogether. She stopped on the little footstool next to the sofa (bought for a previous cat who grew too old to get on the sofa by herself). Soon, she spent all her time there, including falling asleep and oozing over the edge in uncomfortable-looking ways. The blurry one? Out cold and snoring:
If we put her on her cat pad, she got down immediately—as if it had become toxic. Then came the bookshelf, and after that, we caught her on the kitchen counter a few times (forbidden!), probably aiming for the bow window in front of the sink. So we moved the kitchen chairs away from where she could use them to get on the counter, and soon... she started spending all her time on the chairs. :O Sleeping the whole day away, forgetting about laps and getting pets. We took her to the vet in case she wasn't feeling well, but nothing. HalfshellHusband and I went on vacation, and when we came back she was still on that chair—though The Boy had shown her his new bed, and so she spent time up there while he was napping. We gave her about another week of that, but a month was enough! We tipped all the chairs so she couldn't get on them.

Then she started disappearing. :O

We searched the house up and down, including closets and under the beds, and could not figure out where she was hiding. The Boy's room is always a favorite spot, but I could never find her. She would reappear for food and water and the litter box, and I would keep her from going upstairs again, but it was a mystery.

The Boy finally figured it out. He noticed that one of the upstairs linen cupboard doors was slightly ajar, and opened it to find...

the cat, hiding on one of the middle shelves!
When I got up later that day (after he'd gone to work), she was missing again. I found a random book set in the middle of the hallway for no particular reason, but no cat. Then HSH told me her secret. I went back upstairs and opened the cupboard, and there she was again. I got her out and put the heavy book set back up against the door, but a few hours later when I want back up, the book set was standing up—within about 3 inches of the door—and it didn't seem as if she could possibly have gotten past it, but she was back inside there again.

Gah, she is super sneaky when it comes to cupboards! She opens the door, gets inside, and the pulls the door closed after herself until it's almost entirely shut. When we first brought her home, we thought we'd lost her because she disappeared overnight. She was actually hiding in one of the laundry room cupboards, which appeared to be closed. Being a black cat, she's invisible in really dark places.

So, why must she be so smart about things like that while never having learned who "kitty" refers to, or what patting your lap for "Come here!" means? \o?

Now she's back on the sofa, getting snuggles and pets, and is as happy as ever. WTF was that psychotic detour all about?

cindytsuki_no_bara on September 8th, 2018 02:26 am (UTC)
your cat is so weird. and she clearly wanted to be in that cupboard. no book set was going to stop her.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Heh-Hehhalfshellvenus on September 8th, 2018 05:14 am (UTC)
She got a whole lot weirder in just the last two months! :O

Those cupboard doors catch a little, so she has to work to get them open. And then the book set, which was probably 3-5 pounds-- heavy in proportion to her!

It's the pulling the door shut after herself that's the strangest part, because it's so fiendishly clever. How does she know to cover her tracks like that?
swirlsofblueswirlsofblue on September 8th, 2018 06:04 am (UTC)
Aww, she's adorkable
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Heh-Hehhalfshellvenus on September 8th, 2018 06:11 am (UTC)
Hahaha-- that's it exactly, both things at once. :D
passing_through: oh no you didn't sampassing_through on September 8th, 2018 04:23 pm (UTC)
That is hilarious! I'm surprised gravity doesn't pull her down. That's like pictures of little toddlers playing and then passing out in weird and awkward poses because their body says, "sleep, now!".

That's amazing that she's found herself a little space to hide in and that she's so adamant about getting in and hiding away. That's one smart and determined cat.

Cats are weird creatures. They're almost impossible to figure out :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 9th, 2018 06:58 am (UTC)
There were a couple of times when she was sleeping on her side, and then started to roll right off the footstool. We laughed ourselves sick over that, of course. ;)

Determined is right! Shortly after we got her, we discovered that she could get a lot of full-sized doors open. She rams them with her shoulder again and again until they pop out of the latch, which is aggravating when you're trying to keep her in the laundry room for the night!

With that persistence, as a coworker said, "She's got nothing but time..." No obligations, no other interests besides eating and sleeping. And having already discovered that she can get so many doors to open, she is not going to give up. Her persistence has been rewarded, which is the greatest motivator of all!
Lauracookielaura on September 10th, 2018 09:26 pm (UTC)
Hee, she is awesome :D I love all the effort and determination she put into getting into her cupboard lair!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 10th, 2018 10:34 pm (UTC)
Cats can be SO persistent, even if it's over something that makes very little sense to us. They just do not give up easily!