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. We hope that the attack chair got punished,that was a very bad thing to do!
    The REAL Maple Syrup Mob xxxxx

    • We had no idea it was such an evil chair until it did that to Mulberry! The bipeds made sure it wasn’t left where it could attack Mulberry again, till they realised he had no intention of going near those chairs again.

  2. I am so glad Mulberry was ok. Funny how cats…especially…can get themselves into all kinds of trouble. My siamese cat used to jump from the hood of the car onto the top of the open garage door. We hopped in the car one day and backed out and I pushed the automatic garage door opener not realizing she was up there, until her back leg appeared as the door was going down. I’ve never hit a button to reverse something so fast. Fortunately she was, like Mulberry, just fine, but did give us quite the scare. And, to my amazement, she continued to get on top of the garage door after that incident. But you know I ALWAYS checked before leaving the house after this happened.

    You were such a super good girl Clowie for trying to tell your biped that he was working on the wrong chair. You were trying to help Mulberry!

    • I’m glad your cat was okay. I can imagine how you felt when you saw her leg! We were all very worried about Mulberry. Cats do get themselves into difficulties!
      I try to help the bipeds look after the cats, they’re my little friends.

  3. Moggies have good balance 😉 Mulberry is gorgeous x

  4. Wow I had to stop over for this one! Thank goodness Mulberry is ok! Daddy saved the day! LOVE, CODY

  5. Poor Mulberry! Cats aren’t always the most sensible creatures ever though! One of ours as a kitten went exploring behind the kitchen cupboards and got his head stuck in a hole in the back of one of them! Interesting getting him safely out! You were very clever to guide your bipeds in the right direction to free Mulberry safely, you do a wonderful job of looking after everyone!

    • I do my best to look after them all, but I think you can begin to get an idea what a job that is!
      Cats are so agile and supple they wriggle out of all sorts of tricky situations, but sometimes they end up in a right pickle!

  6. That must have been quite the painful lesson for poor Mulberry. It reminded me of a time when I was only about 6. I used to have fun jumping over the very short picket fence that separated our backyard from the neighbor’s. Then came the day when I misjudged and got my foot stuck between the slats. I think I know exactly how Mulberry felt!

    • I think it must have been painful, his leg was wedged quite hard in the gap.
      Your experience with the fence sounds painful. I hope you escaped with as little real damage as Mulberry did.

  7. I am so glad you were there to let your bipeds know what to do to rescue Mulberry from that villainous chair. You deserve an award for bravery above and beyond the call of duty. Cats do some strange things sometimes!

  8. Poor Mulberry, he must have been very scared!

  9. OMC Clowie, he sounds like a VERY funny cat! I have this image of a cat bouncing off garden chairs now… A feral kitten at my mom’s house got his foot caught yesterday. But he wasn’t as lucky as Mulberry. He was stuck on her fence and when she finally got him down, he was definitely injured. Thankfully, animal control was able to come and get him.

    • He is a funny cat. He likes to hide and dart out to surprise me!
      Mulberry was lucky. He was very frightened, but stayed still when told. The feral kitten must have been petrified of the people trying to help him as well – poor little thing! I hope he isn’t too badly injured.

  10. Oh Clowie poor Mulberry ..cats do have a way with getting into mischief! and those plastic chairs can be plain nasty!! glad the outcome was good and that all normal activity resumed to the household…including couch snoozing 🙂 Hugs Fozziemum xx

  11. snoopys@snoopysdogblog

    Oh poor Mulberry, it sounded like such a fun game pretending to be a Ninja too, bad chairs spoiling all the fun! Super happy he wasn’t hurt!

    Wags to all,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

  12. Glad he’s not trying that again with those chairs…smart cat! 🙂

  13. Oh noes poor Mulberry!

  14. Mulberry put his foot in it, didn’t he!! Glad he’s ok :)))

  15. So glad Mulberry was OK!! He sounds like a crazy cat who likes to have fun. Who would have guessed the chair would attack him like that? It must have been scary for a bit for you and your humans with him wailing like that.

  16. Our Minx runs like that too but hasn’t gotten stuck. We love the beautiful windmill and enjoyed the You Tube video 🙂

  17. Oh Clowie, I am so glad Mulberry is okay! Thank goodness cats have none lives!
    Have a great weekend.

  18. guess what, Chloé: I have exactly the same garden chairs… 🙂 friendly greetings and my very best! Have a relaxing weekend, take care, stay healthy and safe! Mélanie

  19. Wow, Mulberry is so lucky that chair didn’t really hurt him! You’ve just got to watch out for mean chairs 😉

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