Jack-in-the-box

My bipeds asked me to thank you all for being so kind and enquiring about them. I am pleased to tell you that they are fully recovered now. I am planning to up their exercise levels soon with lots of hikes to make up for lost time!

It’s great to be back! I’ve missed my friends. I’m thrilled that so many of you have already visited me here at my very own dog-shaped slice of Pi, when my welcome post was on an unexpected day.

I’d like to tell you about something that happened a few weeks ago, while I was busy preparing to move my blog. The bipeds went out for a few hours and asked me to keep an eye on the cats. I thought it would be an ideal time to do some packing. I was quite tired when I’d packed the first box, so I decided to rest for a moment before doing some more.

Empty cardboard box

Ready for packing

I’d only just started on the next box when the noise began! I had expected the cats to take a nap, but obviously they were up to something and I needed to investigate. They had a group of friends with them and they were having a catnip party. I asked them to keep the noise down as I had lots to do.

Pippin and Mulberry realised that I was a bit stressed about trying to get everything done and they said that they and their friends would help me. I looked dubiously at the cats rolling around on the floor in the way that cats do when they sniff catnip.

Pippin said, “Don’t worry, we can get them back to normal in no time! We just need you to fetch one thing for us.”

I asked, “A pot of black coffee?”

Pippin replied, “No, a can of tuna!”

When I returned with the tuna, they had gathered up most of the catnip and some of the cats were already asking what was happening. Pippin asked me to open the can and then he started wafting the smell towards the cats.

Then he and Mulberry shouted, “Tuna!”

It worked like a charm. All the cats were now alert. They agreed that they would like to help. They would pack some cardboard boxes for me.

I decided to take them at their word and left them to get on with it. Cats. Cardboard boxes. What could possibly go wrong?

I packed a few more boxes and then thought it was too quiet, so I went to check on the cats. I was pleasantly surprised to find some boxes stacked and taped up neatly.

Mulberry said, “I think we’re running out of empty boxes.”

Then I looked around the room. This is the first box I saw!

Cat in a cardboard box

This is the second!

Cat in a cardboard box

There were lots of boxes occupied by cats, but I noticed that there didn’t seem to be as many cats as there had been. I asked Mulberry and Pippin if some of their friends had gone home. They said they didn’t think so. Then we heard it – a strange noise coming from the stack of boxes! We went closer, it sounded like a cat was inside one of the boxes.

I listened harder to work out which box it was. My heart sank – many of the boxes were making noises. I began opening boxes as fast as I could to release cats. Each time I opened a box, a cat leapt out like a jack-in-the-box.

Then I heard my bipeds talking. One of them said, “It looks as though Clowie’s dreaming. Her legs are moving, she’s probably chasing rabbits.”

I opened my eyes. Mulberry and Pippin were fast asleep on the other side of the room. I couldn’t see any other cats. There was one packed box and a stack of empty ones waiting to be packed.

One of the bipeds said, “We thought you’d get more than one box packed before you took a nap, but not to worry we’ll help you with the rest later.”

I was disappointed that I hadn’t done as much packing as I thought I had. On the other paw, I was relieved I didn’t have to explain that catnip party, or the cats trapped in boxes, to the bipeds!

See you next Wednesday!

49 Comments

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  2. I love the expressions on the cats faces. I gather Tuna was payment for the photoshoot session. I look forward to following you .
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  3. Sometimes dreams are SO REAL! Sheesh!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake
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  4. Clowie I make funny noises when I’m sleeping too which seem to be VERY entertaining to my bipeds! Love the photos of the meowzers – boxes are beautiful!

    Hugs, Sammy
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    • I expect you sound very cute, Sammy! My bipeds think it’s hilarious when our cats snore and I know they’re amused when I make noises.

  5. Clowie I was wondering what the heck was going on with all those cats! Dreams can be pretty vivid. I got my email notice for your new post at 11:02pm… Yay!

  6. Ha ha ha Clowie! What on earth did you have to eat to cause such an interesting dream? 😀
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    • My theory is that strange dreams are caused by not having enough tasty treats! I’m sure it can’t be anything I ate – I hardly ever get anything unusual!

  7. forget the cat in the bag, here we have the cats in boxes :o)
    Easy Rider
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  8. I laughed out loud.

    Maybe you need to try it yourself, Clowie, and see what the attraction is. Of course, you’d need to find a refrigerator box to be comfortable. 🙂
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    • That’s good to hear!
      I’m sure if I found a box large enough, the cats would claim it first! I think I’d worry about missing something, unless I made holes in the sides so I could see out clearly.

  9. hahahaha!!!! Kitties are crazy with boxes aren’t they Clowie?
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!
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  10. Glad your bipeds are better. What a day you had but really cats and boxes…need we say more? wag wag wag <3
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  11. And you got in a nice nap too.
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  12. We’ve found you in your new home!! I see you’re still unpacking the cats MOL. Mum says I make funny noises and twitch alot when I sleep. I dream of mousies! 😉
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    • I’m glad you found me, Austin, it’s lovely to see you! The trouble with unpacking cats is that they pack themselves again as soon as I look away!

  13. What is it with cats and boxes? 😉 They’re much like biped toddlers that way!
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    • They love boxes, even ones that are far too small for them to climb into! They’ll sit their all scrunched up – it doesn’t look very comfortable at all.

  14. Looks like I have to resubscribe as I got your moving notice, but I did not get an email about this post, so I’m going to see if the new subscription works.
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    • I’m glad you found your way here, Emma.
      Yes, if you were subscribed via WP it has to be done again. I’ve had a few assurances that people have received an email after doing that, so it should be okay.

  15. That is a dream that could definitely be true….cats on catnip, tuna, and boxes. Cats packed up in boxes is exactly what would probably happen!
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    • Yes, it could easily happen! I’ve seen our cats climb in suitcases when the bipeds are packing and then the cat takes a nap – I suppose it’s one way of trying to get taken on holiday!

  16. the cat in the boxes are super cute.
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  17. Cats and cardboard boxes… it’s a kind of attraction we can’t explain. Put a box somewhere and no doubt there’ll be a cat in the box in no time!
    Have a nice weekend with loads of fun, play and cuddles!

  18. I don’t know what it is about cats and empty boxes…we have nine cats in the family who all get so excited when cardboard boxes appear! (A number of them get quite excited for cat nip and crinkly toys, too.) As always, great post Clowie! Much love, The Scottie Mom.
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    • It’s difficult to understand cats! I don’t understand the fascination with boxes and I tried sniffing catnip to see why it makes them go silly and I’m none the wiser!

  19. That was a funny dream Clowie. They never seem to make too much sense. Sometimes I’m relieved when I wake up too. Sorry to hear mom and dad are suffering with a cold. I think half of everyone I know has had a cold in January. Doggies are smart to never get colds xo

    • Yes, dreams can be weird!
      Lots of people here have been quite poorly, there are some nasty bugs going round. My bipeds are lucky to have me to look after them!
      I hope you’re having a great weekend!

  20. Just popped by’z to wizh youz a belated Happy’z New Year. Wez back and
    wez got’z a competition’z going’z. so pop’z by.
    Big’z hug’z xxoxxxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  21. Glad to hear that your bipeds are fine now. Hugs, and have a lovely Sunday.
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  22. That was quite some dream!
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  23. I can’t get my likes to stay! I am liking lots of your posts, but they are not sticking~
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  24. I have to say, Clowie, that I am really glad too many cats in boxes was just a dream. I was worried about what you would do! Wilhelm, Brychwyn and Huxley only have to wrangle one cat around any cardboard boxes and it is a very difficult job.
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  25. MOL!! What a dream you had Clowie!
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