Righty Undaunted By Her Partial Eclipse

Earning Brownie Points aka The Feline Art of Redirecting- Human Attention

March 18th 2013 7:24 am
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As I suppose others of our family have already told you, Mom bought us a big new cat tree a few days ago. She also had to buy a new camera because for some reason her camera, a Canon s5is, lens stuck open and won't retract. When she turns the s5is on, it gives her the error message "lens error, please restart camera." She's tried everything suggested on the web to try to fix it to no avail. When she asked at Best Buy how much it would cost to have them fix the s5is, they quoted her an estimate of around $150. Since it cost so much to fix the s5is and a new camera similar to the s5is cost only 30 dollars more, Mom bought the new one, a Canon sx160is-the new model most similar to the s5is they had available. Once Mom gets time to really experiment with the new camera, she will take some pics of us on our new cat tree for everyone on Catster to enjoy.

It was funny when Mom's son brought her new cat tree into the house for her (it's so easy for guys to carry in big heavy awkward things that are a real struggle for women to carry!) and set it down. Mom said it looked like a cat sized version of a swarm of school kids on a new playground toy! We were all over that tree checking it out. It's been awhile since we got a really elaborate new cat tree. We recently got a floor to ceiling pole style cat tree with four shelves but this newest tree is one of those really cool ones with the sisal wrapped posts we love to scratch so much and one of the shelves is a little house with two entrances that make it easy to play hide & seek in.

The arrival of the cat tree also helped me make sure Mom caught me doing a good deed. I needed to earn some "brownie points" from Mom anyway because a couple of days ago I accidentally left my pawprint in the cream cheese on top of one of her bagels. Next time I'll make sure to lick the bagel too and erase all my pawprint evidence after I swipe cream cheese from it Anyway, back to my story.

When everybody swarmed the new cat tree, Lefty wanted to climb it too but she was nervous because it was new and she had no idea yet of its size, shape, how many shelves were on it, what heights, etc. She was also afraid to try to climb it when everyone else was on it because admittedly we were having fun and pouncing on each other playing king of the hill. Lefty HATES the king of the hill game because every time she ever tried to play it, getting knocked off scared her.

I suddenly got an idea and whispered to Lefty to be patient and wait until the traffic got off the tree and then I'd help her learn to navigate up and down the tree. Being a cat, I excel at the art of "coincidental timing." After the tree was mostly empty of feline family members and Mom was in the kitchen where she had a nice clear view of us, I led Lefty over to the tree. I'll let Mom take over now and tell what she saw us doing.

Mom, "When I looked up, I saw Righty lead Lefty over to the new cat tree. Righty stopped and stood up and put her forepaws up and touched the edge of the first (lowest) shelf. Lefty did the same. Righty jumped up onto the lowest shelf giving Lefty plenty of room to follow her, which Lefty did. Bit by bit Righty escorted Lefty up the new cat tree and down it a few times. That was all it took. Since then, Lefty now goes up and down and plays on the new cat tree at will. Again the kitties make it clear just how intelligent they are and how rich and complex the communication and cooperation between cats can be."

And Righty succeeded at making Mom forget cream cheese pawprints and bagel theft, at least until Mom makes another bagel with cream cheese on it!!!


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Purred by: THE REST OF GRAMMY'S CREW (Catster Member)

March 18th 2013 at 7:40 am

We loves our cat trees too!
They are so fun to jump up on....watch the birdies and squirrels ...attack! Yep Cat trees are great. Glad you like yours. Waiting to see pictures with you all on it. Have a great day and remember no paw prints in foods.
Purred by: Henry (Catster Member)

March 18th 2013 at 8:37 am

Purred by: Monster (Catster Member)

March 18th 2013 at 10:56 am


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