People who visit my apartment these days keep asking me how I keep it so clean. Well, this is because guests only see our livingroom, which is practically empty at this point. Because the livingroom is cat territory, my fiancee Liz and I are constantly forced to remove more and more personal items, as we catch the cats chewing them or jumping on them. We've removed most of our pictures, little knick-knacks, books, salt shakers, etc. The room is practically bare, and yet the boys keep getting into more and more things.
Are our cats unique in their zeal for exploring, chewing, and destroying objects or are we unique in our zeal for removing such objects? On Saturday night, I was at my sister-in-law Yvette's apartment and she has a ton of knick-knacks, candles, trophies, and other decor in her livingroom. She also has two adult cats who don't climb onto the tables or show any interest in the many objects she has lying around. In fact, Yvette's cats were hiding under the Christmas tree and they didn't mess with the pine needles or the many ribbons on the presents.
I think the difference between our cats and Yvette's may be two-fold. First, our cats are young kittens and both of hers are adults. Second, our cats are just naturally more curious than hers (at least at this point in their lives). Her cats are both extremely shy and spent the entire evening hiding from her guests. When I have guests, my boys can't leave them alone.
Anyhow, I think we should all be more careful about what we leave around. About.com's Franny Syufy has an excellent article on how to keep a cat-safe home. Be sure to read it.