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.

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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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