Just look at this cat tree! It is an eyesore!
It looks bad enough from the outside up here, but inside it is really disgusting! There is so much old, ground in fur and dirt I should probably just let Binga have the top tier.
Binga is actually mostly responsible for this damage. One of you (TBT?) suggested that my human recover the planks in sisal, but after nine years, aren’t I owed a new cat tree?
Annoyingly, my human has resisted buying me a new one. She has all sorts of excuses: business isn’t that great, she’s “broke” (trust me, she isn’t), my book didn’t go into royalties, vet bills, etc. I was getting sick of hearing it. In fact, I was sick of it a whole month ago, if you remember my Flashback Friday post. And I said I had a plan. Well, a month later there was no new cat tree, so I decided to put it into action!
I call it the Cat Tree Experiment. I bargained with my human that if I got a bunch more likes, that would qualify for my getting a new cat tree. She wanted to give it some ridiculous number like a million, but heck, if I could get a million likes, I might as well start up my own multi-national corporation and replace her. So she saw the light and decided on a more reasonable number.
The really great thing is that having more eyeballs seeing my Facebook page posts means I will be bringing smiles and joy to more kitty lovers. And when I have a commenthon or a photothon, I will pretty much be guaranteed to hit my maximum donation! Oh yeah, and it’s another step towards total feline world domination… but I probably shouldn’t say too much about that.
It took my human a while to get the photo right.
At first she was taking them from way too far away. But finally she got me and the card closer together and I offered up a determined, but slightly wistful look:
I posted this image on Facebook late yesterday afternoon. I started with 4,165 fans. Right before I published today’s post, my fan number was up to 4,739! There was even a human who called my human an “animal abuser” for exploiting me! (One or more of my fans — I don’t know who — marked it as spam so I only saw the comment by accident, but it gave me a chuckle.) But most everybody else knows I work for good, not greediness (well, except for getting a new cat tree in the bargain). So thank you to everyone who shares — this is going to be quite the adventure!
Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) says
It was TBT who mentioned getting the posts of the cat tree wrapped in new sisal. But WE dint think that is the same as getting a new cat tree. When the old one is worn out, the Bein OWES you a new one. Free of the smells of yer housemates, ya know?
I have a brand new cat tree that my cat refuses to play on. He would rather play with the empty boxs we have from moving!
Veterinarian Norwalk CT
Texas, a cat in New York says
Nine years?!?? Sparkle, I’m not 7 yet and I’ve already had 3 cat trees!
I shared your post of FB! Good luck!
Toby & Leia says
You poor kittehs, how you are suffering with that pitiful tree!! We hope you get a new one soon. We’re on FB now, so as soon as we can figure out the like thing, we’ll help out.
PS: to the strange hoomin – Really? There’s a pill for what ails ya.
Famous SpokesGoat Pricilla says
The Farm cats don’t even have a cat tree. Can you believe it? The male person does not think they are necessary. He says they have plenty of trees outside.
He is mean
Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal says
Now you have 5200 likes on your FB-page that is “just” 5000 moore than I have on my FB-page
That picture of you on the tree with your sign is excellent! You make a great “sad kitty” face.
Sparkle, me would LIKE yous, but me already has…What else can I does to convince your Mommy yous needs a new cat tree? Me is so furry sorry we has not been commenting, but me has been reading! Me needs a New secretary!
Glogirly & Katie says
Looks like the experiment is off to a pawsome start, Sparkle!
Good luck getting rid of that tree.
; ) Katie
Callie (a.k.a. Trouble) says
Sparkle – I have just 4 words for you…..STEAL THE CREDIT CARD.
Eric and Flynn says
We just liked you Sparkle. We hope you get your new tree.
Ken (critter) Cranford says
Dear Sparkle, I clicked “like”, hope to help you out. I think you need to work on your human skills! Your too easy on her! Our Masters, (cats) read me the Cat Rules yaers ago. I fought it for a while, but finally gave into them. Our 6 Himmi cats have me to cater to their every whim! I had bought a cat tree for them years back. In fact they so loved it that I built them 2 more but with a few improvments. Since I have had to rerope 2 of them 3 times now. Have to keep them claws sharp in case any of thoes big bad bugs or spokes dare to come in the house! If your human does not get you a new tree, I’ll be happy to recarpet and rerope your tree for you. I’ll even add an improvment or two for you. All cats should have a catnip tray at the bottom for thoes end of a hard day times!
Madi and Mom says
Sparkle I’m so sorry but Mom doesn’t do FB…maybe you can work your magic and transport this message over to FB page.
Katie Bella says
I am YOURS, Sparkle, and I will head right over there and I have to use mommy’a page on accounta I don’t have one. xoxox 😀
Good luck Sparkle.
Momma doesn’t have an FB acct so we cannot help but we sure do wish you success.
Sandra H Howerton says
She should get you a new tree AND recover the posts on that one with sisal rope. My cats love sisal covered posts, and it’s easy to do: Just staple with a heavy-duty stapler or otherwise attach one end of rope at top of post; then wind the rope tightly around the post to the bottom, and attach it there. Wear gloves that the sisal strands can’t pierce when handling the rope.
Well, I hope it works and you get a new tree. If not, you can always get carpet remnants and your Mommeh can start stapling that on in the worn out spots! There are a lot of haters on FB–I got nailed by some fool today too. Criminy. What’s the world coming to???!
We hope it works and you get a new cat tree! You and Binga certainly deserve one! 🙂
Layla Morgan Wilde says
That’s awesome! We need to do the same but with out a cat tree. We shared on Google +
Nancy Black says
I liked, posted to face book and tweeted! Ah sweet Sparkle you deserve a new cat tree! Spreading the word so you can soon have a new one!
I think you can pull it off, after all, you’re you!!!
Andrea and the Celestial Kitties says
I was looking to like your facebook, didnt see a link in this post, so I searched and found the button on the side and went to like. But I already liked! And if you like the like button a second time it unlikes the like, so I left the like. I like your blog and facebook page! Like, cool! Hope you get liked into a new tree! 🙂
Father Tom says
Your cat tree has been ravaged beyond repair. I think you have maneuvered a very clever way to get yourself a new one, Sparkle!
Cathy Keisha says
Your human should be ashamed. If my peeps, who have to borrow MY dishes cos they can’t afford to buy their own, can get me a ToP, yours should be able to also. How many expensive guitars does her BF have? Does he really need ALL of them? You can see where this is going. It’s not like you want a ToP lined in gold or something. Sheesh. Best of luck.
sue brandes says
I know you can do it Sparkle! I shared your post on FB. You deserve a new cat tree. 😀
Random Felines says
we liked you before, but we would “like” you again if we could 🙂
Deb Barnes - Zee and Zoey says
We’ve always liked you Sparkle, so we can’t help you much more there… but wow, your human really has some nerve letting a beautiful and well-known kitty author and advice giver such as yourself hang out in such a deplorable cat condo that needs to be condemned!! We are confident you will get the likes you need so that you no longer have to live like this…
Emma and Buster says
we’ll go to facebook and like you. we always like you anyway.
here’s to a new cat tree.
Awww, sweetie! You really do need a new cat tree, don’t you???
I’ve already “liked” you but I shared your post on my FB page and my blog’s FB page.
Good luck beautiful!!!
We have a sorry excuse for a scratcher/perch too, mom bought a cheap new one with some material that I guess we’re supposed to scratch-we’re protesting by using her new ottoman. We shared everywhere and to your human: ‘We mean this in the nicest way possible-Sparkle DESERVES a new tree, don’t be so human-bust out the credit card and go nuts! Ok not nuts, but a really nice tree-think of it as an investment into your furniture’s well being’ thank you-from fans of Sparkle. =^..^=
Good luck! I really think you need to look a little bit sadder and more pitiful though–cause you know–I’m hopeful this will work!
You did the wistful look real good…I shared on FB (since I already ‘Liked” a long time ago) and one of my friends ‘liked” your page…You most definitely need a new cat tree – I’m surprised the human would even keep something like that in the house!
Re the spam. Some humans are very weird!! Am sending mine to check that we do like your page. I have a feeling she has been remiss in this area!!!!!! >^..^<
Poor Sparkle…..that is truly the most “well loved” (I’m trying to be nice about it!) cat tree I’ve ever seen HOWEVER it’s time to say goodbye to it and get a NEW one. Definitely. Positively. No question about it. I hope you get that goal of LIKES on the FB page but even if that doesn’t happen, a STAR like you deserves a tree to be proud of! There – I said it!
Kitty Hugs, Sammy 😉
GaSP? Binga you NEED a new cat tree. I bet you use it a lot too cuz the one you have has been used and used and used and used. I vote you get a new tree IMMEDIATELY!
Whisker Patrol says
We saw your cat tree on Facebook but didn’t realize it was THIS bad. That tree should be condemmed!
P.S. Been away but we’re loving the new look 🙂 The page feels more spacious. with more room to “run around”.
Yes, a new tree is in order & Morticia & I are happy to help! MomKatt’s helping us meow on Facebook about this!
But of course, your current tree’s condition is testimony to how well it’s been loved on!
Jacoby, Angel and Coco says
Sparkle – I’ve already liked you, but I posted a link on the Facebook Aby Cat Club to help you – there are 2000+ members, so hopefully it’ll get you there!
Oh Sparkle, we definitely think it is time for a new tree. And also we want to know who that horrible person was that thought you were being abused. We would give them a piece of our paws. We sure vote for a new tree. I think we have already liked you. Good luck. 😉
The Florida Furkids says
We hope you get your new tree. We already like you on FB so we can’t help!
The Florida Furkids
The Island Cats says
That tree looks well-loved, Sparkle. We hope you get lots of likes…we already like you. 🙂
Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) says
Yer Bein DOESN’T rub all the carpets on the trees to clean them each month? Shameful!!! Srsly, there are all those annoying food crumbs up there…
Spitty the Kitty says
We liked you my furiend and it totally cracked us up that there were comments actually feeling sorry for you! Ah, if only they knew!!
Hannah and Lucy says
Well done Sparkle and we must admit that your cat tree has a rather “passed it’s sell by date” look about it. Have you tried giving her the back of disrespect?
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx
The Kitties of Purring Pines says
We shared again!
We already like you so we are really sorry we cannot do more to help. Except pile contempt on your human for being so mean!
The Poupounette Gang says
As we already LIKE you, we can’t do it again. Too bad…
Tillie and Georgia says
Good luck Sparkle!!
We think you should get a new tree…just because!
Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
Treasure,Tiger,JJ and Julie