A cat's right to colonise

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 08:45 11/01/2013

Welcome to the first Furry Friday of 2013 - which contains a small but important lesson on the matter of property rights. Here is the lesson: you know your home? The one you own or rent? Well, you don't own that. Your cat does.

Cats, you see, come with an inbuilt right and requirement to colonise and occupy. All parts of "your" home, and places and objects therein situated, are there for the cat's convenience and pleasure.

Take cover-cat Billy, for instance. The china cupboard in his home is also a feline display venue, and an effective one.

Billy in cupboard

The top of the fridge - a haven for not-yet-recycled items. Plus Pip.

Pip

Jax takes a cool break.

Jax

Gracie colonises that useful, warm and well padded cat-platform.

Gracie

Coco takes up the Miss Daisy position.

Coco

Tilly ensures that the No Circulars instruction is complied with.

Tilly

Ron loves this flash new bowl - and who would deny him his squatter's rights?

Ron

Phelia just squeezes into that well placed, sun-warmed bowl.

Phelia

Ronda's occupying the crock pot. "What, you're not going to turn it on, are you?"

Ronda

Buckets and baskets always trigger the cat's colonising urge. This pretty bucketeer is named Izzy.

Izzy

Ginge finds that the washing basket is a better fit for a big guy like him.

Ginge

Baz is pleased to find that his basket is already furnished.

Baz

If cats weren't meant to go in sinks, then why do they fit so well and look so good? Answer me that. (This sink-dweller is named Pepper.)

Pepper

A similar question applies here, though the aesthetic argument is less compelling. The tail belongs to the gracefully named Florentine.

Florentine

Does it go without saying that all and any boxes in your home are potential targets for cat occupation? No it doesn't, because I never get tired of cats in boxes. Here are Possum (RIP) in the bleach box and Bowie absorbing some banana karma.

Possum

Bowie

Corrie plumply fills out a shoebox.

Corrie

Paddy, being a size zero, rocks an 18-can soda box with room to spare.

Paddy

Yogi has a sunroof.

Yogi

Would you like cream or Coby to go with that today?

Coby

Finally, one of the best places a cat can occupy - the desirable side of any door, especially if a couple of annoying dogs are on the undesirable side. Smudge, Jessie and Chloe are involved in this particular border dispute.

Smudge Jessie Chloe

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