The chair scare

Mulberry, the cat, likes to take some exercise most days. He runs as fast as he can in one direction, when he runs out of room he jumps and spins and runs in another direction. When he’s feeling adventurous he likes to pretend he’s a ninja cat and he bounces against something to change direction.

Mulberry, Persian cat

Mulberry, relaxing in the doorway to the terrace

There used to be some plastic garden chairs left on the terrace and he would sometimes bounce off those. Then one day he discovered that if he jumped against the back of the chair he could knock it over. He thought that was great fun!

He played this a few times and then one day we heard a chair fall over and then there was a terrible wailing noise. I have never heard such a loud noise come from a cat! I leapt to my paws to go and see what was wrong. The female biped hurried out onto the terrace and I followed her.

She went across to where Mulberry appeared to be fighting a chair. She spoke to him in a soothing voice to tell him she was there and then she bent down and held him by the shoulders, saying, “Keep still!”

plastic garden chair

The villain

Mulberry stopped struggling and he turned the volume down a little. His leg was caught in one of the gaps in the back of the chair. The biped felt his leg and tried to slide it up to where the gap was wider, but that made Mulberry wail very loudly again so she stopped.

The male biped had been getting the car out, but he’d heard the racket that Mulberry was making and returned.

“What’s that noise? What’s happened?” he wanted to know.

The female biped explained that Mulberry’s leg was stuck and how she’d tried to move it, but she was worried about harming Mulberry. He nodded and started pushing and pulling at the back of one of the other chairs. I waited a moment. He must surely see his mistake! He didn’t, so I nudged him gently to get his attention and looked towards the chair that was the problem.

He patted me and said, “Thank you, Clowie. Do you think I should try this on Mulberry’s chair?”

He told the other biped that he was going to flex one slat forwards and one slat back and she should try to slide Mulberry’s leg again. Mulberry gave one of his loudest wails, but his leg was free! The biped held onto him, looked at his leg, and then put him down gently. He disappeared as fast as his legs would carry him!

The male biped said, “He’s using all four legs, I think that’s a good sign!”

They left Mulberry to calm down for a little while and then rattled the treat container and called him. He was pleased to get a cuddle and the bipeds checked his leg more thoroughly. The chair had done Mulberry no real harm.

The bipeds made up a little song that they kept singing for weeks.

A cat is stuck!
There in the chair!
Where in the chair?
Right there!
A cat who wails so loud
Well I declare!
Wailing and wailing, he’s stuck in the chair
Oh yeah

They took inspiration from the chorus of this song. It’s the sort of tune that sticks in your head for the day!

Mulberry wouldn’t go near those garden chairs after that, but he isn’t scared of any other chairs!

Mulberry, Persian cat on footstool

These chairs are much safer!

See you next Wednesday!

108 thoughts on “The chair scare

  1. Mulberry is beautiful so glad he wasn’t harmed.

  2. You never know what cats are going to be up to next.

  3. Poor old Mulberry! Glad he hasn’t been put off all chairs 😉 One of our cats played pin ball with our dining room chairs once, he got his head caught in the handle of a paper bag (yes, it’s not just plastic bags that are dangerous for cats and children to play with) and charged round knocking everything in his path over. I came home to mayhem and thought we had been burgled but worked out what had gone on in the end.

    • Mulberry was very frightened. His leg was wedged tightly, it must have hurt!
      Cats like to stick their noses into everything! I’ve seen Mulberry running around with a box on top of him crashing into things – he wouldn’t stop.

  4. Oh poor Mulberry, we have those chairs but in green, think we will put them away LOL. yes, that tune will be in my head all day. Glad Mulberry was OK. Catch ya next week Clowie, have a good one xxooxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  5. I think the chair was clearly planning this…scheming for the day… no matter.. at least Mulberry survived the chair scare. Love the ode – I sang it to the my fair lady song… the rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain… HAAAAAAAA!

    • I think you could be right about the chair planning it! We were very worried at the time, but Mulberry was fine. It does fit that tune rather well! My bipeds will be pleased you like it!

  6. Yikes and we sure are glad Mulberry was OK. Loved the song LOL. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  7. Good job you were there to over see the whole rescue operation. Glad Mulberry hasn’t been put off all the chairs!

  8. Good for you Clowie looking out for Mulberry…..I’m glad he’s decided to stick with bouncing around on/with chairs that don’t have “traps” built in!!!

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

  9. That must’ve been scary! I’m glad you didn’t have to take the whole chair to the vet.

    Love and licks,

    • Yes, we were all a bit worried. We would have looked funny taking a chair to the vet! I’m glad we managed to sort it out at home without hurting Mulberry.

  10. Glad the furball is fine.
    I find it amazing how quickly they learn things you don’t wanna teach them, if you wanted to keep him off the green chairs you would die before he learned.
    Learned the hard way.

  11. Good thing the your bipeds and you were there for Mulberry Clowie! That whole encounter with the chair could have turned out very differently. Cats are just too full of themselves! I love the mouse video and song, I am just a softie for those kind of things.. 🙂

    • Yes, we were all a bit worried for a while. I think he would have made it worse if we weren’t nearby.
      I’m glad you enjoyed the video, you’ll probably have that tune in your head all day now!

  12. Having fun picturing Mulberry dressed in black as a ninja 🙂 I’m glad he was OK.

  13. Poor Mulberry, I’m glad he is no longer the “chairman” in your house… and I’m glad he wore no clogs like the mouse in the song LOL

  14. Yikes! Good thing he didn’t hurt himself too badly! And that everyone was there to get him unstuck quickly. I’d avoid those chairs, too, after something like that.

  15. So you know just what tune to play to annoy poor Mulberry…..

  16. Oh poor Mulberry! What a evil chair, to think it was just made of plastic and not some evil cat-hating material! Glad the bipeds were there to help!

  17. Geez, cats! They think they are so tough and smart and then they do something silly like that!

  18. Holy Moly, that must’ve scared the kitty litter droppings out of the poor guy. The words you wrote read like Dr. Seuss. You’re so talented. Bad bad bad chair! Smart biped solution. wag wag for the happy ending, Max & Bella

    • He was petrified, poor little Mulberry! And we were all worried till he ran off on four legs!
      That’s quite a compliment – thank you very much.

  19. Oh poor little Mulberry… Well after all you two are good friends, aren´t you, Clowie?… That chair was certainly creepy and the picture of the villain had me at goggles :)…

    Very cute you are XX, Aquileana 😉

    • You just wouldn’t expect a chair to behave quite so badly! I am the best of friends with both the cats. Thank you, enjoy your evening!

  20. Poor Mulberry! Sometimes we learn lessons the hard way. I’m glad he was okay. I love the words you put to that song. Very clever! 😀

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the song! Mulberry did wail very loudly. We were very relieved that he’d done no real damage to himself.

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