This time last year, Sachiko was still a kitten and spending most of her time in a warm room.
Now she’s a full-grown, albeit itty-bitty, kitty. But she still has much to learn. In recent days, her studies have focused on heat vents.
As you can see, she’s still a bit unclear on the concept.
She’ll learn, I’m sure, and soon we’ll be finding her lying in front of the vent, soaking up all of the heat.
Hopefully, however, she won’t learn proper heat vent management from her big brudder Nookles.
I watched him at work the other day and it was quite impressive. He was very methodical about it, pinning down one side of the plastic shield with his paw and yanking at the other side with his teeth until they separated. He twisted the piece on the right, trying to break the magnet loose, but gave up after a minute or so, hooked a paw under the edge of the vent, and calmly flipped it over. He shoved the vent across the floor, gave the shield a contemptuous kick, and left the room.
I have no idea what the vent did to him, but he sure showed it who the boss is!
This is bizarre. Heat vents are significant in the lives of our cats, but they do what you would expect them to do: sit over them or in front of them.
Only Miss Nickel, who sits ON them, has gotten into a spot of trouble. Somehow she caught her ID tag in the grille of the floor vent and pulled it off — the tag only, the collar remained on, which baffled me for some time. Since it was supposed to be a breakaway collar, it was time for a new collar. I even rescued the tag from the ledge under the vent. Nickel insists she knows nothing about it.
Most of our crew are conventional heat vent monopolizers–Kokoro is especially good at soaking up the entire caloric output of any vent she can reach–but, oddly enough, we’ve never had anyone get stuck in one. On the other hand, we often find collars trapped in the wire frame that holds one of the food bowls. That’s our single most common cause of scandalous naked kitties.
‘Nuki’s collar is currently AWOL, so he’s running around in a temporary backup collar. I just checked the vent he dismantled, but unfortunately there was no sign of anything concealed in it.
Wow. What a troublemaker!
There’s a reason why he’s affectionately known as “Thugbutt”.