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Cat Stories Newsletter, Issue #001 -- Cats in Boxes . . . and more!
September 17, 2014

Cats in Boxes

Abby in a box tunnel

I love

Do you know why?

Because of all their boxes!

They are free cat toys I receive with each shipment that arrives on our doorstep.

Abby, our fun-loving Tortie, loves boxes. She always has!

It happened on her first journey in our car on the way home from the place we rescued her from. She settled right in to her new cat carrier, a box of sorts. You might call it her home away from home at that time.

Abby was tiny, cold and sick. We made the huge space in the cat carrier more comfortable for her by adding a small shoe box lined with a soft towel, and brightened it with a yellow felt mouse (her pillow).

She climbed in, curled up and purred herself to sleep. Night after night she slept in her shoe box bed inside her cat carrier (we left the door open so she could come and go as she pleased).

After outgrowing two shoe boxes, she latched onto every shipping carton that came through the door. It was Christmas every week.

To her, it still is!

The best boxes are the ones that come with brown packing paper.

No bubble wrap for this kitty!

Abby’s favorite game is find the furthest corner of the house, opposite her favorite box of the day, wind up really tight, like a coiled spring, and dash off like a speeding bullet. As she closes in on the box, she leaps into the air, curls up and does a cannon ball dive and disappears into the wadded paper mountain inside the box.

Tunneling through to the bottom, she hides quietly, until we come find her. Will she ever learn that a tail switching above the top of the box is not hiding? We've been playing this game for over three years now . . . she never tires of it.

Abby’s not the only one who awaits the arrival of boxes with childlike anticipation.

We do too.

These shipments are important to our family. We live in a cabin located off the slopes of the Cascade Range in the Pacific Northwest, USA. We depend catalog orders and online shopping to meet our household needs as there no stores are close by.

You are probably wondering why I’m focusing just on

It’s because I love books, especially old books. I always have. just happens to be my first source for reading material, including cat books . . .

Cat Lover’s Showcase

Anne Belov

. . . That’s how I met Anne Belov. She loves old classics, too. So, much so, she named her cat after a particularly mercurial character named, Mehitabel, created by Don Marquis, author of “The Lives and Times of Archy and Mehitabel” The Lives and Times of Archy and Mehitabel , a very intriguing book written in free verse.

You can learn more about Mehitabel in Anne’s guest post, Mehitabel--Star or Co-star? A special thanks to you, Anne, for enriching our lives and entertaining us with the continuing adventures of Mehitabel and her co-star pandas!

What’s New!

Updates and features for Cat Stories Newsletter subscribers only! got a much needed face-lift last month. I hope you are enjoying the sleek, modern look and feel.

The migration of to a new, more robust website platform went smoother than expected and I finished before my end of August deadline. There are a few straggling details raising their head here and there that I’m dealing with as they show up.

If you find anything, let me know and I’ll expedite a fix. As a one-woman show, it’s easy to miss the little things, despite how careful I am.

Feline Feature

Why Cats Love Boxes: Scientist Explains (Video)

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Meow, Meow

Cat quotes to tickle your feline fancy.

“. . . persian pussy from over the sea demure and lazy and smug and fat none of your ribbons and bells for me ours is the zest of the alley cat over the roofs from flat to flat we prance with capers corybantic what though a boost should break a slat mehitabel us for the life romantic . . . ”

Recited by Mehitabel in “mehitabel s extensive past”, By Don Marquis, in “archy and mehitabel,” 1927

Sneak Peek!

Little tidbits to pique your curiosity about what is coming soon to

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Adopt a Kitten Your Family Will Love

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