The Fishy Cat Bed: Less is Often More

I buy most of our kitties’ food and supplies via the Internet. And when supplies are low I am always anxiously waiting for their delivery. So I am always relieved when I see a bunch of packages arriving at my front door. Since this online pet store promises two day shipping, it’s really no surprise when their prompt delivery arrives. This said, however, when I get a package that’s not expected, I usually anticipate it to be a pleasant surprise. Just recently I had the opportunity to receive such a pleasant surprise; an unexpected gift from a friend.

Oriental Shorthairs in bed together
Photo by Jo Singer
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The other day when the postman knocked on the door carrying a box addressed to me, I was first a bit bewildered since I hadn’t ordered anything. The package piqued my interest since it was wrapped in plain brown paper with a familiar return address. I started wondering what this mysterious package contained.

Impatiently, I tore open the wrappings and cut the tape holding the package together. Inside the box was something that felt like soft bedding. It was covered by a material with a little fish design. On the top of the item was a shiny silver metallic lid.

Wondering what in the world it was, I hastily pulled the item out of the box. Lo and behold it was a very small cat bed made to look like a can of tuna fish. I put it on the floor and grabbed Dr. Hush Puppy off the couch to give him a look at it.

It would be a huge understatement to say that Puppy was curious. He sniffed and pawed at it incessently for a couple of minutes, then put his head inside it and slithered in. He turned around inside it and within minutes snuggled in for a nap.

Sir Hubble Pinkerton, who had also been napping on the couch began to watch the action from his comfortable perch. He became more and more interested in this unfamiliar object and immediately leapt off the couch. To get a closer look he stuck his head inside it, then decided to get into the bed to investigate it more carefully. He slowly put one paw in it and then the other, his back legs and then squeezed in his entire body.

But since the bed was extremely small the moment Hubble got in Puppy was rudely awakened. Unhappy with the situation, Hush Puppy quickly squiggled out wearing an annoyed expression on his face. But when Hush Puppy saw Hubble settling in for a snooze, not to be outdone by his “younger” brother, he managed to squeeze himself back into the bed requiring him to shove his brother into the back of the bed as far as possible.

To tell the truth I was totally surprised and a even a bit shocked after I saw them sharing this very small space at the same time. But were they really comfortable? Since they had entwined themselves into a large kitty ball without any squabbles and then to quickly fall asleep; I imagine they were.

Do you think your cats would have reacted in a similar way? Tell us in a comment.



17 thoughts on “The Fishy Cat Bed: Less is Often More”

  1. well my cats sleep anywhere and everywhere. Jasmine likes her basket but loves also to snuggle up close to me if thats in a ball and if i roll over in bed she rolls back to the side im sleeping in. The others mostly sleep on my bed or on other areas in the house. They not too fussed with beds but love the sheepskin usually wherever its comfortable and warm

  2. I know I have seen some where probably from Jo in past articles. It said if your cat/dog have too many toys/beds you should pick up just about all of them. Once they have disappeared for a while pick up this set toy/beds and put them away. Bring out another set of them and repeat this like every 3 months or so. This keeps them stimulated and curious all the time. I have tried this and it seems to work.


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