Cats and Ducts
So we're getting ready to paint the boy's room.
Step 4. Tape the woodwork.
Step 5. Remove electrical and air-duct covers.
Step 6. Remove cat from cold-air return.
We have one smart cat and one dumb cat. Guess which one climbed through a 4'' tall hole to wander through our cold air return? The dumb one. The one that doesn't like cat treats. The one that doesn't know his name.
So when we heard periodic thUMBsss (the sound of a muffled metal base drum), we figured it was a. The other person, b. The dishwasher, c. The ducts popping (they do that in the winter, grrr.) d. Wait a minute, it's not Winter. My mind flashed back to Daniel Striped Tiger sniffing at the newly formed hole in the wall, then Daniel climbing under the overturned dresser while we nail the backing on--"TAM!! TURN OFF THE AIR-CONDITIONER!!!!" That cat was nowhere to be found. I followed the air returns, see a predictable path, nowhere to open up a trap door, and proceed to remove the air filter from the furnace and create a 3'' exit for the cat. Next I went upstairs, held Lydia "adopting Mommy cat" near hole to lure him into coming out. No dice. He peers his cute head out just enough for us to lose all sympathy. Final step: Head to the basement, employ handle end of screwdriver, and bang on the ducts until the "cat came back..."
+1 walk-able basement.
This one's for you, Mad William Flint.
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