I live in a big house with lots of places to explore and what’s even better is my human does not complain, no matter where I go — the kitchen counters, dining room table (which gets some great afternoon sun beams), and I even have my own pillow on the bed. Well… there is one place where she does put on her Loud Voice, and that is the China cabinet. For some reason she does not like it when I jump on the top of that. Every time she even sees me looking up there, she starts protesting! But I love it there — I have a great vantage point of most of the first floor of the house! How does my human expect me to properly supervise if she complains every time I get up there?
Humans! Just when you think you have them well-trained, they start up with the bad behavior. I imagine that yours has things in the China cabinet that she considers either “valuable,” “breakable,” or both. Maybe (depending on your weight) she is also concerned that you could topple the whole thing over. She might even be worried that you will miss the top of the China cabinet and hurt yourself. Since (I assume) none of this has happened, it means your human is a worry wart, expending useless energy that is getting in the way of you doing an important duty: making sure all is safe in your world.
I really don’t get why humans think Talking Very Loudly is the best way to keep us kitties from doing something they disapprove of. Especially in instances like this one, where we are only doing what comes naturally — getting up high, where we are comfortable and can supervise. If she were a little brighter, she would realize the best thing to do would be to give you an even better perch from which to view your surroundings. Ideally, she would get some awesome cat shelving — the kind that is nicely curved and has cool scratchable surfaces. These are also decorative and pleasing to human eyes. But she could even put up regular old shelves up near the top of the walls — the kind where humans might display knickknacks, except instead of dumb statues and fancy plates, the shelves would belong to you. Then she could put staggered bookcases along the wall, leading like steps up to the shelves so you could easily climb up there for your supervising and patrol duties (and a good nap when you are done).
I get the feeling that no matter how much your human complains, you are not going to stop jumping on top of the China cabinet. So unless you can show your human this advice, you will just have to tune out all her yelling, but that is okay. Ignoring is a time-honored kitty tradition.
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