Just ask my two cats.
My frugal side is embarrassed to admit that Kevin and I paid about $20 for this scratch-and-massage cardboard box a few years ago.
This is going to be worth every penny because the cats will love it, we said. They’ll probably claw it up within days, we said.
We plopped it down expectantly next to their structure, and waited excitedly for them fall in love with the pretty purple box that had specially formed grooves for them to scratch and stretch themselves upon. Flo, being the adventurer that she is, marched right up to the box. She sniffed it, rubbed her sweet little white cheek against one corner…and promptly turned away. I don’t think that she has gone near the box since that first encounter.
Kiki, cautious girl that she is, waited for the background check to come in for this new, unidentified object in her house. Once it received the all clear, she crept up to it…slowly…carefully…quietly. She sniffed it. She pawed at the corner. She even stepped inside the box. But it didn’t keep her attention and it sits lonely and pristine in a dark corner of the bedroom.
However, the random box we scored for FREE (with the purchase of bulk goods) on a recent trip to Costco…now that’s a successful cat trap. Every day without fail, Kiki hops her fluffly little butt into this box and lovingly rubs her cheek against the corner. She hunkers down and sits, comfy as can be, with her tail twitching and her eyes lazily blinking.
And the love of random boxes doesn’t stop there. Flo was obsessed with an empty food processor box. We left it in the corner of our kitchen for months, just because she liked it so much. I received a cardboard box of childhood pictures from my great uncle and Flo took her claws to it immediately. The photos survived; the box did not. And the cat looked quite content with a job well done.
Livin’ on love. And free boxes.
Do your pets and/or kids prefer the expensive toys or the packaging? And you – are you satisfied with the simple things in life or do you like the fancy gadgets and such?