Battle for the Desk Chair

Reading for comprehensive exams has had, thus far, two main components: reading the books (or the parts of them that are the most relevant for this purpose) and typing up notes on them.  Granted, I have most of the books checked out from the library, and only a handful have ever been recalled since I started this process.  However, I am not willing to run the risk of having to give up the book when I need to review it.  Notes, I figure, addresses that problem.

But, that isn’t the only problem.

I spend most days moving between two chairs in my house–the “reading” chair and the “note taking” chair, the latter of which is my desk chair.  I have found, however, that this is a particularly desirable location from the perspective of the cat population in this house.

First, there was a “line” to use the desk chair:

Cat Chair Picture 1

Then, I found different cats, all disturbed from their naps, whenever I pulled the desk chair out from under the desk:

Cat Chair Picture 2 Cat Chair Picture 3

It got to the point that whenever I got out of the chair, for however brief a period, I’d find a cat sitting in it when I returned.  So, I decided to block access to the desk chair by piling file folders in it.  Then, I got this response:

Cat Chair Picture 4

It looks like I’ll need to find a new strategy.  Or buy more desk chairs.


10 thoughts on “Battle for the Desk Chair

  1. It seems to me that the cats only want to sit in the chairs when I am around. When I am away, when I return they are leaving the chairs empty, and can be found in other places–most popular being windowsills or beds. More chairs is not a solution. I have many chairs which go ignored until I begin sitting on them. My use of a chair increases the desirability of the chair to the cats.

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    • That’s hilarious! We have tried to attract the cats’ attention to boxes that we leave around the office (they love boxes), but they are, apparently, not attractive enough. Desk chair is always a preferable alternative.

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      • Our feline overlords are too smart and contrary for us. If we want them to go in boxes or to use particular chairs they will find a way not to do so that inconveniences us more than just letting them have their way in the first place would have done.


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