Furry Friday: Boxed and bagged

NICK BARNETT
Last updated 13:58 07/02/2014

If recycling is about finding a new role for something that started out with another, then pets are expert recyclers. They can give anything a new purpose - if that purpose is to be either toy or bed.

Never is this more true than with those emblems of recycling, the box and the bag. They're such useful containers for us humans - but have you ever noticed that, no matter how big, small, tatty or opulent, a box or a bag is always pet-sized?

Take this simple tote bag: perfect for casual shopping, yet also ideally suited to the shape of tabby cover-cat Wookie.

Wookie

 Manny has also found a cosy refuge. The ceiling's a bit low, though.

Manny

 This bag is Maggie's now - and you'd better not try to challenge her.

Maggie

 Let Frankie pretend he's an item of flat-pack furniture - in a couple of weeks he won't fit anymore.

Frankie

 Murphy's new home has both north- and south-facing entrances.

Murphy

If the house is lacking bags, then Misty supposes she can make do with one of those cat tunnels - basically a zhuzhed-up shopping bag anyway.

Misty

With minor adjustments, a box can become a spacious apartment. That's Ron Purrgundy in the foyer, waiting to welcome visitors.

Ron Purrgundy

Betty the goat and her friend Rufus often chat across the back fence.

Betty and Rufus

The chewed edges only make Rion's box seem more homey.

Rion

Charlie insists on indoor-outdoor flow.

Charlie

Maggie's pad is well situated but lacking in privacy.

Maggie

Pav Blanc raises the roof.

Pav Blanc

Toby is packed in tight. See the little bit of his ginger tush poking through the gap at the bottom?

Toby

What works for a cat may not work for a pup. Nitro seems a little constricted.

Nitro

In a well organised house, Ming is an icon of tidiness.

Ming

Missy helps prove that every box is fundamentally cat-shaped.

Missy

Radar is oblivious to your printing needs.

Radar

Other repurposed tools of pet-containment include pots, buckets and baskets. This pot-dweller is named Blue.

Blue

A bucketful of tortie: Tari.

Tari

And here's a basketful of Tari.

Tari basket

This is Luna, vigilant sentinel of the sock basket.

Luna

It's a loose weave, but Rosie is comfy.

Rosie

Romeo is sure he's within the carry-on limit. (RIP Romeo.)

Romeo

The suitcase was being aired, and Chloe saw her chance. Such luxury!

Chloe

Finally, Teddy checks your packing. Surely there's still room for a little one?

Teddy

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