Don’t get me wrong, Boots is so very much calmer and better to be around than he was 2 years ago. But, I guess it’s the nature of a cat . . he has to have his nose in every single thing I’m doing. Yesterday when I was trying to finish up Addie’s quilt . . while I was trying to cut, he was right there in the way.
Of course, he didn’t think he was in the way. The closer he is, the better the chance he might get petted.
It was time to get the quilt loaded and there he is . . on the longarm. Now that was a great hiding spot. He kept slapping at the fabric . . he was sure we were going to have some fun but nope, I had work to be done.
Finally, it was time to get the binding done and again, he offered his assistance.
It’s a good thing he’s such a special cat because (1) no matter how much brushing I do, he sheds like crazy and everything is covered in cat hair and (2) he makes it almost impossible to get anything done. Everything I try to do in the sewing room takes twice as long with his help.
He loves to go into the closet and lay on my fabric and I don’t normally let him in there but I know that if I open that door, he will go in and snooze for an hour or so and I can work without dealing with him.
I know I shouldn’t let him in there. It’s a room that has remained fairly free of cat hair but . . sometimes I just need a break and he’s always happy to go in there and sleep so . . I sometimes do it.
Carol Harper says
Yep, cats are very self-centered and wherever you are focused, they feel the need to insert themselves in the picture! And they never really outgrow this. Sorry.
As for the fur, we cat owners, especially embroiderers have a saying: “Cat hair is just another fiber!” You just have to be careful not to stitch it into the pattern or ope that washing, post-completion, will remove an y cat allergens, should the recipient of the stitched piece be meant as a gift.
By the way, Boots has matured into a handsome fella! Give him an ear scratch for me!
Dottie N. says
Too funny – it’s DEFINITELY the nature of the beast…..Over the years, my cats have ignored me (most of the time) while I’m “just in the house”, BUT, let me start to sew, they have to be RIGHT there helping! 🙂
I’ve got a dog who is just as “helpful” and sheds constantly also. I wanted my sewing room to be off limits to the dog but if I close the door, my husband comes along and says, “did you want to get in there? Here, I’ll open the door for you.” They’re both lucky I love them!
If he is happy sleeping on the fabric, and you’re happy and able to work, then go for it. A little cat hair isn’t too bad. I have a 65+ lab mix that sheds just when he walks through the house. I keep saying I could make a whole new dog with the hair he drops. He isn’t allow to lay on my fabric, but I know his hair is everywhere anyway, so I let him in my sewing room.
He obviously loves you, since he wants to be right where you are trying to work. It’s the “I’m more important than anything you are trying to do” ploy. It appears to work too. 🙂 Glad you have the “I can distract you with something way more entertaining” ploy…
My cat is very timid, so she won’t get that close to anyone unless they are very still. My grandcat, who also lives with us, is more like Boots, and she just plants herself on my laptop keyboard or lays her head on the cutting mat when I am working on a quilt.
Oh he’s SO CUTE..how could you resist that face?!!! LOL
Robin Crittenden says
He loves yoh and wants your undivided attention.
Myrna sossner says
When we had a dog named Moses, I threatened to spin his shedding hair and knit a “mo hair” sweater!
He is just so happy that you are spending time with him. And the cat hair is nothing a lint roller can’t remove.
Diana G says
Aww how precious (I know you aren’t thinking that !LOL) The cat I fostered for over a year would get into my trash can by my sewing machine. IT was a big trash can or he would of never fit. He would get covered with material, thread and just sleep.
OR he would be trying to get the sewing machine needle- well as we all know that doesn’t work very well. If I was cutting he had to be there and watch me use either the scissors or the rotary cutter. When I put either down-they were considered cat toys. He would sit up by the iron until it hissed at him, scared him good or bad .. LOL He tried to umm beat it up one day and that didn’t work so well it fell over on his tail (NO it was not plugged in /nor was it hot). So that was a harrrummph and walk away … LOL
Nature of the beast to very nosy, inquisitive and just a plain PIA!!!LOL
Dar in MO says
Awww, but he is so darn cute. How could you not love a face like that. Maybe you could trick him into thinking a ‘specific pile’ of fabric was his special place to snooze. Perhaps under a table in your sewing room and then you wouldn’t have to let him into the closet where most of the fabric lives. Put catnip on that special fabric. lol
Linda Steller says
What is it about fabric and batting? Cats just can’t resist. I think they were all quilters in a former life.
my kitty likes to wrap her paws around my feet as I walk by when in my sewing room. I have been entertaining the thought of buying a dvd made especially for cats to watch. Maggie likes watching the youtube videos on the computer that are made especially for cats. So I figure she may enjoy the dvd and it is entertaining to watch her. I wonder if Boots would like that? Abby (not with us anymore) loved to get on the cutting table while I would cut fabric. I was concern that she may lose her tail. I would pick her up and she would wrap herself around my neck and purr very loudly. So we would find our way to the couch and sit and she would curl up on my lap. Forget about getting any sewing done then. I do miss her. Why is it cats find us more interesting when we are not
focusing our attention to them?