It’s no secret cats love boxes, but one Canadian couple has spent the past month squaring off with the family cats over a new boxed appliance.
According to CBC News, the incident began right after Thanksgiving, when Nikii and Jessica Gerson-Neeves decided to invest in a Vitamix blender.
But when the blender arrived, Jessica briefly set the unopened box down on the kitchen floor. This was the invitation her 4-year-old rescue cat, Max, needed to jump onto the new blender, where he remained for hours.
By the next morning, Max’s cat siblings–13-year-old rescues George (Destroyer of Worlds) and Lando Calrissian–had also discovered, and seemingly fallen in love with, the Vitamix box. Now all three rescued cats take turns (and occasionally fight each other) for the privilege of sitting on it.
Now the cats’ occupation is reportedly entering its fourth week, with no signs of letting up anytime soon.
“We’re creeping up on a month. It has been just shy of a month, which is ridiculous,” said Jessica, who documented the blender stand-off on Facebook, where it quickly went viral.
This adorable stand-off eventually led the couple to reach out to Vitamix, which was delighted to learn how much cats love their corporate packaging. The company sent the women 3 empty Vitamix boxes to distract the couple’s box-loving cats and help them reclaim the blender.
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“Of course, we’re not actually being held hostage, we can move the cats anytime we wanted,” said Jessica, who has been contacted by many people, including a covid-19 nurse, explaining how the blender stand-off has helped brighten their days.
“This is about having something sweet and fun and whimsical and silly,” said Jessica, who believes her posts keep going viral because people are desperate for heartwarming news.
It appears Max, George, and Lando will get to keep their boxed throne for now, because the rescued cats have brought so many smiles as the pandemic drags on. Jessica also hopes her cats’ antics will encourage people to donate to shelters and adopt rescued animals.
“It’s not big and consequential. It’s not traditionally newsworthy,” her wife Nikii agreed. “It’s not high stakes, but it’s making people happy and that’s not nothing.”
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