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Guests and Ghosts

I may not have any human kids, but my three fur-kids (as my sister insists on calling them, even though I’ve begged her not to), are my surrogate children, I guess. At any rate, like “real” children, they take up a lot of time and money and require a lot of TLC.

So…in our ever-hopeful effort to keep them happy, my husband and I just shelled out a rather large amount of money for some wooden shelves. WAIT. These aren't ordinary shelves; no, sir. They are, in aggregate, a CAT SUPERHIGHWAY (CSH). So, obviously, they are worth the cost, no matter how exorbitant. That's what I keep telling myself (and my continually-about-to-divorce-me husband).

I saw a setup like these on Jackson Galaxy's show (which is totally not to say what I've done here is at all endorsed by him, so please don't sue me, Mr. Galaxy). The cats on the show -- formerly implacable enemies -- were alternately lounging and cavorting on the shelves. The idea is that the CSH gives cats a whole new area to explore and get the hell away from each other if/when needed. Or, better yet, the CSH offers a new level on which the cats can race around and chase each other PLAYFULLY. At least, that was my hope. Here are a couple of the shelves after my husband spent hours painstakingly arranging them.


Okay, empty shelves aren't as good as shelves with lounging/gallivanting cats, so I'll show you the amazing CSH in action:


Here come the cats! The arrows show you where they SHOULD be.



Yay! There's Squeaky! She loves the string! 



And, look -- it's Capt. Nap! "MMMMM! Is this catnip?"


Awwww, little Peeper loves to lounge on this CSH shelf! 


So there you have it -- our CSH is a roaring success. Oh, wait -- what's this?


Why it’s Squeaky, lazing on the couch directly opposite the MFCSH. Yes, she's yawning in my face. Jerk.

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