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Furry Friday: There’s a cat in it

Greta's a size-10 cat in a size-6 bag.  But she it's aspirational.

Greta’s a size-10 cat in a size-6 bag. But she it’s aspirational.

Cats like to be IN things. Any gap, container, concavity, aperture or indentation is liable to bring out a cat’s impulse to colonize.

It’s science, you know. The instinct to “hide” somewhere is etched into the feline DNA. Cats like to feel safe and comfortable in a partly enclosed space; it eases anxiety and allows cats to hold on to body heat. It even helps keep cats away from conflict, which they don’t always handle well. (You don’t say?)

So here’s a collection of cats IN things – bags, bowls and other shelters. If you’ve ever had a cat, it’ll strike a chord of recognition for you. Scroll and enjoy, and make sure your cats don’t get into anything that would make them unsafe.

Miss Shelby is your shopping consultant.  More meat products, she suggests.

Miss Shelby is your shopping consultant. More meat products, she suggests.

Thanks to all for submitting photos. Please email me your own pet photos, or message me via the Four Legs Good Facebook page. Help keep Furry Friday free of embarrassing mistakes by remembering to include your pet’s name, and its sex if it’s not obvious!

Emmett fully endorses the shift from plastic to multi-use bags.  Far more comfortable, I find.

Emmett fully endorses the shift from plastic to multi-use bags. Far more comfortable, I find.

Carter has appeared many times in Furry Friday over the years.  RIP to a devoted bag lover.

Carter has appeared many times in Furry Friday over the years. RIP to a devoted bag lover.

Gino came for the chicken smells, stayed for the comfort.

Gino came for the chicken smells, stayed for the comfort.

Luka the Devon Rex is a semi-regular here.  Her ears and eyes of her are unmistakable.

Luka the Devon Rex is a semi-regular here. Her ears and eyes of her are unmistakable.

Not sure if Molly waited for the bag to be unpacked.

Not sure if Molly waited for the bag to be unpacked.

Cary's owner sent me this collage illustrating Cary's love of shopping bags.  He looks so at home!

Cary’s owner sent me this collage illustrating Cary’s love of shopping bags. He looks so at home!

Ronnie's yawn rivals the size of the bag.

Ronnie’s yawn rivals the size of the bag.

Zelda's pose makes me wonder if multi-use shopping totes were part of an international cat conspiracy.  I'm just saying.  Do your own research.

Zelda’s pose makes me wonder if multi-use shopping totes were part of an international cat conspiracy. I’m just saying. Do your own research.

Yoda's tucked in.  I wouldn't necessarily reach in to remove any of those papers.

Yoda’s tucked in. I wouldn’t necessarily reach in to remove any of those papers.

I haven't been able to track down a name for this stunning cat, whose tail will never quite make it in the bag.

I haven’t been able to track down a name for this stunning cat, whose tail will never quite make it in the bag.

Meet Frank, who's fair of face.  Stick around for a photo of the other end of him.

Meet Frank, who’s fair of face. Stick around for a photo of the other end of him.

Nature abhors a vacuum, and cats abhor an empty bag.  Shadow was obliged to fill it.

Nature abhors a vacuum, and cats abhor an empty bag. Shadow was obliged to fill it.

The entrance into the bag may have been a little untidy, but the result is now perfect for Miss Athena.

The entrance into the bag may have been a little untidy, but the result is now perfect for Miss Athena.

Ruby rests in a bag that has seen better days.  Is it mean of me to draw attention to the chair's condition?  I think the bag and the chair went through a similar Ruby-related process.

Ruby rests in a bag that has seen better days. Is it mean of me to draw attention to the chair’s condition? I think the bag and the chair went through a similar Ruby-related process.

Lucy should not make a quick exit from the bag, else she'll take it with her.

Lucy should not make a quick exit from the bag, else she’ll take it with her.

Cleo's getting impatient with this bag.  Its limitations are beginning to emerge.

Cleo’s getting impatient with this bag. Its limitations are beginning to emerge.

Phoebe's sure she won't be noticed in your carry-on bag.

Phoebe’s sure she won’t be noticed in your carry-on bag.

Andy reminds us that if you have a cat, make sure your laundry basket has a lid or your washing machine a hair catcher.

Andy reminds us that if you have a cat, make sure your laundry basket has a lid or your washing machine a hair catcher.

Another thing cats get into is items of furniture or hard landscaping.  Tabasco is to the manor born in this planter.

Another thing cats get into is items of furniture or hard landscaping. Tabasco is to the manor born in this planter.

Ritchie cuts a rather threatening, Brothers Grimm-type figure in his 'cottage'.

Ritchie cuts a rather threatening, Brothers Grimm-type figure in his ‘cottage’.

Tabitha finds the platter to be an ideal spot to hang out.  Something about her body language (the fluffed, flicky tail, for example) advises me not to disturb her.

Tabitha finds the platter to be an ideal spot to hang out. Something about her body language (the fluffed, flicky tail, for example) advises me not to disturb her.

Amber loves getting into things, I'm told.  I hope this bowl doesn't imprint its shape on it.

Amber loves getting into things, I’m told. I hope this bowl doesn’t imprint its shape on it.

Clover stores herself.  I'm thinking the lid won't fit.

Clover stores herself. I’m thinking the lid won’t fit.

His name is Jack and he's in a box.  Specifically the box on the back of the quad that holds various bits of gear.  Jack loves to hang out with that stuff.

His name is Jack and he’s in a box. Specifically the box on the back of the quad that holds various bits of gear. Jack loves to hang out with that stuff.

Her name is Jackpot, and she's lean-sleeping on mum's bag.  (Lean-sleeping is a thing, you know. I've seen newspaper composers doing it. And not during their break.)

Her name is Jackpot, and she’s lean-sleeping on mum’s bag. (Lean-sleeping is a thing, you know. I’ve seen newspaper composers doing it. And not during their break.)

Jax turns the bassinet into a cattinit.

Jax turns the bassinet into a cattinit.

Poppy finds the toybox to be a credible bed.  I'm assuming there's no Lego under her.

Poppy finds the toybox to be a credible bed. I’m assuming there’s no Lego under her.

Pixie relaxes in the kids' supermarket trolley.  But she may draw the line at being pushed around.

Pixie relaxes in the kids’ supermarket trolley. But she may draw the line at being pushed around.

You're planning a trip?  Take me, says Morty.  Cos I ain't moving.

You’re planning a trip? Take me, says Morty. Cos I ain’t moving.

George points out, convincingly, that you really don't need anything in your bag, currently.

George points out, convincingly, that you really don’t need anything in your bag, currently.

Minty experiences that addictive puffer-jacket frisson.  As soon as you get into it, you don't want to take it off.

Minty experiences that addictive puffer-jacket frisson. As soon as you get into it, you don’t want to take it off.

Who needs cushion covers?  Buddy lodges himself right into the cushion.

Who needs cushion covers? Buddy lodges himself right into the cushion.

Finally, Stevie places himself optimistically in the bird box.  He won't see any bird action, because Stevie's quite big and birds aren't blind, but it affords a good view.

Finally, Stevie places himself optimistically in the bird box. He won’t see any bird action, because Stevie’s quite big and birds aren’t blind, but it affords a good view.

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