In the ongoing saga of Marlow, our resident feline, his fascination with the fireplace has not abated much. He can no longer jump into the chimney since the flue is now closed, but he continues to look for ways into that secret hiding place that holds so much appeal.
Recently, Marlow discovered the little hinged cover at the base of the mantle for the lever that ignites the gas logs in the fireplace. At first glance, it would seem that the space inside this hinged area is only large enough to place your hand inside and turn the lever on or off. His curiosity leads him over to that cubbyhole often. He will push the cover open and place his entire head into the space.
But to Cristy’s surprise, as she was relaxing on the couch this morning, she looked over just in time to see Marlow’s tail disappearing into that cubbyhole. Then in a minute or two, a paw appeared. Then in another minute or two, Marlow popped out again. It was a tight squeeze, apparently. And becoming tighter by the day, it would seem, at the rate he has been eating recently.
Note to self: install a cat-proof latch on the fireplace switch cover, pronto!