So, We Tried That #CatSquare Thing …

A few weeks ago, a friend texted me this link: “People Have Discovered the Perfect Way to Mess with Your Cat.”

Once I knew it didn’t involve terrifying your poor cat with a cucumber, I was all in. Here’s the gist:

You make a square on the floor out of tape. You turn away, and BAM! There’s a cat in the square.

Naturally, we had to give this a try.

So, Sunday afternoon, we laid the trap. My son put down the square at 4:26 p.m.

We waited. A cat got into an empty laundry basket near the square at 4:48 p.m., but the square remained empty.

We kept waiting. Cats walked by the square. Aine even sniffed at the tape.

Aine took a nap at 7:51 p.m. Seamus was napping next to me.

At 8:46 p.m., Seamus was asleep again, becoming one with the sofa.

Aine and Emmett chased (and ate) a bug. That was 8:31 p.m.

Finally – finally! – at 10:22 p.m., Seamus sat in the square to take a bath.

Not bad guys — that only took SIX HOURS.

On the other hand, yesterday I set down a box of groceries from the wholesale club. I turned away, and when I turned back …

Have you had any luck with the #CatSquare? I’d love to hear about it!

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Moving with Cats: Locked Up

Aine would like you to know that she has had an especially rough week.

First, the humans are so busy with house work, that they don’t spend hardly any time sitting on the couch. How’s a cat supposed to lounge when she has to lay on a dresser?

Then, in the ultimate insult, she had to spend most of the day last Friday locked in a bathroom with those crazy orange boys, Emmett and Seamus, while new carpet was installed. And not just those boys — there was a bed foundation in there, too! The carpet install was so loud, and a poor little fraidy cat had to hide in the shower. It was awful for poor Aine!

Yesterday wasn’t so bad because even though she had to be locked up with the boys again, they at least had all of the master bedroom, bathroom, and closet. Even better, the furniture was all in the right place, so the bed was great for laying on and hiding under. The painters were around, and the humans were worried about getting cat hair in the paint.

Like that’s a bad thing!

When will Aine’s life get back to normal? Will she ever get couch time again? We’re almost done preparing the house for sale, so we keep assuring Aine it will get better soon.

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In Honor of “The Basket”

We have this basket. It’s old, and it used to be a baby bassinette back when it was brand new. I’ve had it for years. These days, the basket is next to my desk so the cats can nap in it.

Just about every cat who comes through the house takes a nap in the basket. The permanent residents take turns pretty much every day, especially when its chilly.


Even foster cats and my parents’ cats who sometimes visit spend time there.


Sometimes, there’s plenty of room for two, usually Emmett and a buddy.

Emmett and Tink
Emmett and Dickens

Other times, one cat passive-aggressively pokes around until another cat gets annoyed and vacates the basket.

Emmett and Roo (she eventually got up)

Earlier this week, we bought two more baskets so that each cat has one. Emmett has immediately taken to one basket, which is shaped like the original bassinette but deeper.


The other one is in the “cat resort” my son set up for the cats with a toy attached to it. No one has napped in that one yet, but they’ve all sniffed around it and batted at the toy. All in good time; there’s a lot of winter napping time left!

The “cat resort”

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