The Quest for Air Conditioning: Cat 1, Dave 0

1 Aug

My cat is becoming a challenge.

Absolutely irate with the hot, AC-less apartment, he has begun to make us aware of his anger.

By inserting himself into the refrigerator every time it opens, for example.

In the little amount of time it takes me to open the door, grab ketchup, and splat it on something, I return to the fridge to find my cat inside it.   Even if he wasn’t in the kitchen to start with.  It’s like he’s telling me that if I don’t get an AC, he will continue to live his life in my fridge.   It was cute the first four times, but the first time I found cat hair on my water pitcher it lost all sense of adorableness.

Adorableness is a word.  It shouldn’t be; it seems strange.

Aside from trying to keep the Hobbesinator out of the refrigerator, I also have to put up with his recent pleas for escape.  You see, not too long ago, the Hobbeser ran away into the wild to give me quite a fright and himself a few wild nights to tell of in his later years.   My posts centered around the event for quite some time until I eventually found him mewing for us to save him from the cruel, cruel world outside Dave’s bedroom window. And ever since, he’s sat at the front door loudly yearning to return to the wild.

Dave’s been taking him on frequent walks to help him cope but they’re no good.  Mostly because cats are no good for walking.  It’s silly. But moreso because Hobbes is a little girly man and can’t deal with his emotions.  

Dave has also been holding the freezer door open and allowing Hobbes mini vacations in front of the cool freezer air.  I don’t know what’s better: finding cat hair on an ice cube or listening to him whine for hours on end.  You’d think he’d tucker himself out after a while and, like a baby, fall asleep when he’s had his share of crying.  But he’s more like a child who’s been left in the car while his mother goes grocery shopping – altering the sounds of his mew just to experiment with the range of his voice and keep himself entertained.

It’s intolerable.

I priced ACs the other day not for my charming Dave, but for my annoying cat.  Isn’t that sad?  Dave’s been ready for me to cave for weeks now and I haven’t budged.   Turns out all he had to do was sit in the same spot and badger me with annoying whinnies. 

Let’s hope he doesn’t take that as a cue for future endeavors. ♣

Cat + Fridge


26 Responses to “The Quest for Air Conditioning: Cat 1, Dave 0”

  1. sinavratil August 1, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    check out I’m not sure where you live or if there is a bookoo in your area, but it is basically an online garage sale far better organized than craigs list. You should be able to find an air conditioner there. I’ve become obsessed with the site for my area.


    • Jackie August 10, 2011 at 1:00 am #

      Very cool – thank you so much for sharing! I did freecycle for a while and it’s just too annoyingly set up. Bookoo looks much better.


  2. egills August 1, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    It’s a slippery slide now the cat get’s special fridge trips… you could get some ice bags ( like the wine cooler ones ) and let the cat curl up with that?


    • Jackie August 10, 2011 at 12:59 am #

      ugh I know. oooh I like the ice bag idea. I wonder if I can fashion a little cooling pillow for him or something. Cool!!


  3. Wazeau August 1, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    Get an air conditioner, both men will thank you for it 🙂


    • Jackie August 10, 2011 at 12:59 am #

      Will they though? Will they really? Because I have yet to get any gratitude from my cats for anything I’ve done 😛


  4. Jules August 1, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    Hobbes looks just like an old cat of mine, albeit a little bit darker shade. She is in cat heaven now. RIP Nikita :[


  5. Kara Mae Adamo August 1, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    My cat has snuck inside the refrigerator since he was a kitten. Evidently, it’s becoming an epidemic. I thought they liked sunny areas with cushions and such–I–I’m so confused.

    Great post as usual 🙂


    • Jackie August 10, 2011 at 12:58 am #

      Really?! that’s pretty adorable as a kitten 🙂 I would probably just put some padding down where the veggie drawers go and accept it.

      Thanks 🙂 🙂


  6. mistressofpoetry August 1, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    Oh I was just wondering the other day if you’d found your cat. I’m so glad but sorry he’s suffering from the heat like that. They’re like children, and as such, you always do more for them than you would for yourself. Good luck with finding an A/C.


    • Jackie August 10, 2011 at 12:57 am #

      Indeed I did! He’ll be okay – things seem to be easing up.

      …I hope.

      If not, a razor is a cheaper investment.

      ew, just kidding. definitely. hairless cats give me nightmares.


  7. Alicia August 1, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    LOL!!! Poor you. Poor cat. That is all I can say. LOL!


    • Jackie August 10, 2011 at 12:56 am #

      haha welllll we’re creeping up on September. I might make the home stretch!


  8. Lori L August 1, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

    Bahahahahaha! He looks soooo very sad. I would take pity on him. But I’m such a softie when it comes to kitties.


    • Jackie August 10, 2011 at 12:56 am #

      he’s so cuuuuuuute. see?! Don’t you want to give him freezer time too?


  9. Barbara McDowell August 1, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    Too cute! I had a cat that would make mad (and sometimes unsafe) dives for heat, but never for the fridge. Have you tried giving him ice water – put a few in his water? I used to do that for my cats in the summer to keep the water cooler for them. Plus one of them liked to then bat at the cubes. Great pic and story!


    • Jackie August 10, 2011 at 12:55 am #

      Hi Barbara! I do try the ice thing, but there’s more playing than drinking. It seems the favorite house destinations are the sink and tub – their only sources of solace in this humid times 🙂 Thanks for the tip!!


  10. Emmie Lou August 2, 2011 at 12:33 am #

    During my lunch break today I saw a woman out walking her cat on a leash. I didn’t realize that taking cats on walks was becoming such a thing.

    PS. Your blog is hysterical. My Sunday morning consisted of catching up on the entire month of July.


    • Jackie August 10, 2011 at 12:54 am #

      Me neither! Apparently it’s sweeping the nation.

      And thanks 🙂 I’m flattered.


  11. pegoleg August 2, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    It’s too hot to even breathe in the hot, hot, humid, fetid, wasteland that the midwest has become. Get some AC woman, now!


    • Jackie August 10, 2011 at 12:51 am #

      There was just a beautiful thunderstorm and I have a renewed sense of determination. It’s almost September! I can do this!


  12. Renee Mason August 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    Hobbes is absolutely adorable! I had a Siamese named Elvis who walked four miles a day with me, without a leash. Course, we were in a small village, not a city like you are. But catwalking CAN happen, and not just on a runway!!


    • Jackie August 10, 2011 at 12:50 am #

      oooh without a leash? and he didn’t dart? Very impressive. Well-trained cat, I do say.


  13. The_Observationalist_NYC August 2, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    I saw a man walking his cat in Central Park today. I honestly stopped… Is this a “thing” now? Since when do cats walk on leashes?


    • Jackie August 10, 2011 at 12:49 am #

      LOL apparently all the time. Dave is setting the trend. Tell all your friends.


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