Nimble, proud, and wantonly in excess of the max amount of cuteness allowed by law, cats are amazing creatures who really have a lot going for them. Unfortunately, sometimes they overestimate their own abilities (and underestimate their own size). The other day, my chubby calico girl Phoenix ventured headfirst into an open dresser drawer, and it was all fun and games until she realized she could not get back out. I will admit that I had a good laugh at her expense before I helped her.
Here are five cats who found themselves stuck in similar jams. It’s easy to feel bad for them, but it’s also impossible not to laugh — especially knowing their humans lent a helping hand the moment the cameras stopped rolling.
Maru’s feelings about boxes are well-documented; the Japanese Internet star, whose name means “circle,” spends most of his time sliding face-first into cardboard cubes of various dimensions and designs.
Maru learns the hard way that not all boxes are created equal — and that maybe his name is poking fun at him just a little — when he coasts into a box and cannot get back out. The best part: He totally tries to climb into another box while he’s still stuck in the first one, leading me to believe that someone needs to stage an intervention already.
The rules of human society dictate that it is polite to bathe once in awhile. Feline society has similar rules, with cats among the most fastidious and neurotic of creatures (so much so that Phoenix must bathe immediately after I motorboat her belly floof; it kind of hurts my feelings).
The main difference, of course, is that cats use their own tongues to clean their dirty parts; they think using soap and water is doing it wrong. That was clearly on this fat cat’s mind as he tried — and hilariously failed — to put an end to this cruel bathtime charade. In related news, I really want to cuddle this poor baby.
“I have these claws, so I must be good at climbing,” thought the kitten. She was right — at least about getting into the tree. When she realized she didn’t know how to get back down, she kinda lost her cool — until mama cat came to the rescue.
Watching the kitten learn how to climb down by following her mother’s example is a reminder that our cats are capable of amazing things.
When my boyfriend and I installed a cat door so Bubba Lee Kinsey and Phoenix could have constant access to the sunroom, we made sure to buy the “extra large” version. While certainly not obese, my cats could both stand to lose a few pounds.
So could the big orange fella who gets stuck in this too-small doggy door — but as is often the case, his persistence pays off.
Because it’s Friday, here’s a compilation of cats who were too adventurous — but not quite smart enough — for their own good. My favorite: The cat stuck in the clear plastic pretzel container. He can’t comprehend the invisible barrier suddenly present between him and the rest of the living room.
Let these kitties’ misadventures serve as a reminder to make good decisions this weekend. But if your cell phone falls in a toilet, by all means grab it, and if you drop your hot dog on the ground, the five-second rule always applies.
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About Angela: This not-crazy-at-all cat lady loves to lint-roll her favorite dress and go out dancing. She also frequents the gym, the vegan coffee joint, and the warm patch of sunlight on the living room floor. She enjoys a good cat rescue story about kindness and decency overcoming the odds, and she’s an enthusiastic recipient of headbutts and purrs from her two cats, Bubba Lee Kinsey and Phoenix.
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