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SoCS: Boxes, Boundaries, and Cat Dentistry


Today’s prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “out of the box.” Write about the first thing that comes to mind when you think “out of the box.” Enjoy!

So many ideas swirling around the stream which is not a box at all, but there could be boxes of ideas riding along on the stream of consciousness bumping into one another.

The first thing I thought of what how my grown kids are still and always have been outside the box type of people. Can’t imagine how that happened. The things their father and I had in common were art and science fiction. But that’s a tangent to paddle back out of.

I’d rather eat Chinese food out of the box than the plastic. Boxes are easier to recycle as some plastics don’t recycle as easily. I have quite a collection of plastic. You’re supposed to flatten boxes first. That’s one of my soapboxes within the box of recycling. But the Chinese food I prefer comes in plastic mostly with the rice in the white box which I open, rinse and recycle. Been saving those wire handles for some kind of project. Actually used one to hang something once.

Boxes make me think of boundaries. Boundaries can be good protection. But some of them need to be flexible. Negotiables like swearing and non-negotiables like no hitting. We have lots of boundaries to keep Mama Cat and Marley separated. Marley is learning to respect those boundaries. One of the most important boxes in our house is the litter box. Well, there are other boxes that are also important, like jewelry boxes and boxes up in the attic with treasures or junk, depending on your perspective.

Mama Cat was happy to get outside the box – her carrier – after she came home from dental surgery a week before Christmas. She had five teeth removed! I was worried about the procedure and the possibility of having to give her pills post surgery. So I wrote a note to the vet when I dropped Mama Cat off. The vet ended up giving her long-acting pain meds and antibiotics, so I didn’t have to worry about giving her pills. It’s been a long time since I gave a cat a pill, like 30 years ago, and Mama Cat is skittish anyway, but getting better.

The long-acting pain medication was a form of buprenorphine which is prescribed at the facility I used to work for. Mama Cat was practically bouncing off the walls, very hyper, and very affectionate for four days. She also started eating a lot more and is more active since having her teeth pulled leading me to realize she must have been uncomfortable with bad teeth. It’s hard when animals and babies cannot tell you what hurts. She will still go into her carrier to get the food I place in the back, so that’s good, though I hope we don’t have to go back to the vet for a while.

Some cats love to get in boxes, but having spent most of her life feral, Mama Cat doesn’t seem interested. She does like her lean-to cave and small table we added sides to so that’s like a boxy cave. Small children sometimes like to play in boxes, too. When my son was a toddler, he’d sit in a box, and we’d pull him around on the carpet. Do boxes make us feel safe or are they confining? Depends on the situation. It’s usually good to step out of the box, but not roam too far, unless you have a tent or a camper trailer which I’ve been casually looking into. Mama Cat would probably prefer to stay home as long as she can go out on her catio and watch the squirrels.

Well, I’ve rambled on long enough. If you’ve made it this far, thanks for riding along on the stream of consciousness.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

22 thoughts on “SoCS: Boxes, Boundaries, and Cat Dentistry

  1. Great essay! I’m glad your cat is better. You also put up some great pics. Your home looks very comfortable.

  2. Yes, cats and boxes just go together. Glad your kitty is feeling better. One of our cats many years ago had teeth pulled. He did fine afterwards. 🙂

  3. Give MaMa cat a couple of skritches from me for having to go to the vet and have dental work done. That is never easy for them, but as with Mama’s case, there is relief after the pain and sedation. I hope she continues to feel peace in your home and find the places that make her feel safe.

    As for the recycling of boxes, the company that recycles ours doesn’t require the flattening, but they do want us to keep the plastic bags out of that bin. Some people don’t pay attention to that, but I suppose it’s better than not recycling at all.

    Have a wonderful weekend, JoAnna!

    • Thanks, Mary. I gave Mama Cat your scritches just now as she was giving my hand a bath which is very relaxing. It’s nice you don’t need to break down your boxes. I’ve been told plastic bags mess up the recycling equipment here. I will try to appreciate the efforts of those who try to recycle plastic bags.

  4. We have to flatten all our boxes and with all the orders around Christmas it was too much!

    I am sorry Mama Kitty had to have oral surgery, but glad she can eat better and in turn feel better. Lovely post to read, JoAnna.

  5. We had a wonderful cat who was impossible to medicate but nearly had a heart attack being put in his carrier pre-vet trips, so we had to tranquilize him.

    A New Yorker cartoon showing a man talking to his cat: “Don’t you EVER think outside the box!

    • Some cats can be a lot of work, but we love em anyway. I bet your difficult cat had some nice qualities. I just looked up the cartoon. Thanks, Annie! At least most Cats like to use the box when it’s cleaned often enough. I was happy MC adapted immediately to the litter box in spite of having been feral.

  6. I was waiting for children playing with boxes – you didn’t disappoint

  7. A delightful read 🙂 In the age of home food delivery and Amazon Prime, they have become quite ubiquitous in our lives. We’re also required to flatten boxes before placing them in the trash bin for paper products.

  8. I’m glad MaMa Cat is feeling better. We don’t have to flatten the boxes, but since it’s our bin, it’s the only way I can get them all in.

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