La boîte à merveilles

Middle-class cat problems: when your cat has too many toys. And, since every single one of them was given as a gift by a visiting pilgrim (oui, Mesdames et Messieurs: we have never needed to buy Louis Catorze a single toy in his life), I guess that makes it an upper-middle-class cat problem. 

Cat Daddy decided recently that the cat toys must be secretly moving and/or multiplying in the night because, every time he comes downstairs, he finds them in a different position. It’s possible that supernatural forces are at work … although it’s far more likely that Catorze, like his mamma, is great at using things but not so good at putting them away afterwards. 

I thought, for a minute, that Cat Daddy was going to threaten to get rid of the toys (or Catorze). But, instead, he suggested: A TOY BOX. And, naturellement, because he is Sa Majesté Louis Catorze, Le Roi Soleil, only the best box will do. 

So Cat Daddy spent an afternoon painstakingly restoring Cat Grandpa’s antique tool box to make it into a toy box for Le Roi. We know that Cat Grandpa would have approved of this as he had a very special relationship with Catorze. During his visits he would whistle to Catorze, just like whistling to a dog, and the little sod would go running for a cuddle.

Cat Grandpa would have been 100 today and we hope that, wherever he may be, he has cats and a whole stack of toys.

15 thoughts on “La boîte à merveilles

  1. I love this. Is there anything left in the cat grand daddy’s estate…like some clothing that could be used to place in the tool/toy box. It would be nice to have the CGD scent to impregnate the toys and Le Roi would have that connection. xoxo

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    1. Aww, I wish I had thought of this! Cat Grandpa passed away 2 years ago so I think all his clothes have been repurposed in one way or another. I bet Sa Maj would have loved something of his, though.

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  2. Charlee: “Cat Grandpa seems like he was a wonderful friend to cats.”
    Chaplin: “We have this problem here, too. About too many cat toys, I mean.”
    Charlee: “We figure the solution is more toys.”
    Chaplin: “After all, eventually, it must circle back around from too many toys to not enough, right?”

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