Tuesday, October 31, 2006

New Chair, New Bed

We put together our new chair today and the boys immediately took a liking to it. We put a pillow on it for a few minutes and they turned it into a grooming parlor. If they don't destroy it, this chair is going to be their new favorite spot.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Doubly Purrfect

It's rare, but occasionally both of the boys will come sit with me at once. Beowulf is always the one who will sit on my legs, while Arthur sits on the ottoman. Here's a recent picture, though it's not particularly high-quality.

Chair Chewers

LIz and I are about to buy her a new desk chair, but we're concerned that the boys will destroy it as they did her previous desk chair.

Back when we first adopted the boys, Liz and I had matching leather desk chairs. Unfortunately, the boys started biting and clawing at the bottom of Liz's chair so that a hole opened up and some stuffing came out. The chair was still usable but we didn't want the boys to eat any filling or loose staples from the bottom of the chair so we gave it to my parents and Liz bought a new chair with a plastic bottom about a year and a half ago.

The chair with the plastic bottom was never very comfortable and recently became so uncomfortable that she needs to put a pillow on the chair to sit comfortably. We went to our local office stores (Staples and Office Depot) and looked at several chairs, but we didn't find any with solid plastic bottoms that were even a little bit comfortable. All the chairs have cloth bottoms with staples used to hold the cloth in place. We already had to replace our dining room chairs with all-wood chairs after the boys kept pulling string off the bottoms. This office chair doesn't have any loose string on its bottom but it does have fabric.

We saw one chair at Staples that's a little bit pricey but incredibly comfortable. Our concern is that we're going to buy this wonderful chair and the boys are going to rip open the bottom of the chair and ruin it. Any ideas as to how we could keep them messing with the underside?

We don't care if they sit on the chair; we just don't want them to start pulling the fabric off the bottom. Any ideas? Our first thought is to spray the bottom of the chair with bitter apple spray, something we have used with limited effectiveness on wires. Has anyone else had the same problem?

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Couch Potato Cats

Last night, I was feeling really tired so I went to lie down on the couch with a book. When I first sat down, it was around 8:30 and Beowulf came and slept on my legs for a little while but he quickly got up and went to sit in my desk chair. I kept trying to get Arthur to come site on the ottoman, but he was too busy running around.

I quickly fell asleep and woke up about an hour later to find Arthur lying down next to me. He spent the next few hours shifting positions while I kept nodding off. At one point he came and sat between me and the couch pillows and rested his head on my chest, something I can't remember him doing before. I had the most relaxing evening I've had in a long time, but I got to read only about two pages of my book.

Arthur and Beowulf on couch

Arthur and Me

Arthur and Me

Arthur Cuddling

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Blanket Cats

If Liz wants Beowulf and Arthur to sit on her lap, all she needs to do is whip out the fleece blanket. The other day it was particularly cold in the apartment, because the building hadn't turn the heat on (now they have). So Liz took out the blanket and the boys came running.

Cat in blanket

Cats on blanket

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Cats Hide in the Cutest Places

A few months ago, my fiancee Liz and I both joined the local gym and we've been spending several hours a week there. I was getting ready to go to the gym tonight and I put the gym bag down on the diningroom table for a minute while I went to wash my hands for just a minute. When I came back from the bathroom, I saw a pair of eyes peering out from inside the bag.

Beowulf the cat hides in a gym bag

Beowulf the cat hides in a gym bag

Beowulf the cat hides in a gym bag