Friday, February 3, 2017

Ashbutt vs. The Door

Kitten is growing like a weed. He is now able to stretch up and put paws on both sides of a door handle, but hasn't quite gotten tall enough to get leverage. Yet.

When we first moved into this house, we put in lever-handles. The rationale was that they're easier than round knobs when your hands are full or one arm is in a sling. (My former housemates, when they read the last criterion, will nod and say something like "Of course D factored that in, right along with doorways wide enough to crutch through.")

We didn't anticipate maine coon kitten. To quote the great Credence Clearwater Revival: "I see a bad moon rising / I see trouble on the way..."

Have a picture of Ashbutt sleeping on the defeated corpse of his enemy: the formerly neatly arranged table runner. And yes, his tail is truncated: he chewed all the fur off the tip when he finally caught it after hours of chasing. Thankfully, Aurora taught me all about bitter apple spray when living with ferrets, so it's growing out again.


  1. Change the handles so that they have to be lifted in order to open the doors.

  2. Comrade Misfit beat me to it. It's a fairly easy remedy, and doesn't cost anything except a little time. :)

  3. Take preventative measures now. Cats CAN learn to open lever doorknobs. Had a pair as a kid that learned that trick, and they where probably much smaller than ashbutt is now.


  4. Hoo boy, you're gonna have 'fun' now... LOL

  5. Bear in mind, that there are videos of cats opening doors equipped with ball type knobs. Two paws to rotate it, and body english to bounce the door out of engagement.

  6. I didn't even know you could do that! Lift to open... okay, youtube, here I come!