In a nearly month-long standoff, three cats based in Langford in southern Vancouver Island have tried to claim ownership of a blender box – a saga that has attracted social media users around the world.
It all started on December 16, according to Nikki Gerson-Nives, one of the three humans, when she brought a new Vitamix blender and left the still-open, knee-high box on the kitchen floor.
Her four-year-old tuxedo cat, Max, immediately jumped onto the box, seeing Nikki’s wife, Jessica, who took a picture and uploaded it. a facebook group Which celebrates chunky cats.
By morning the situation had escalated: two of Max’s 13-year-old siblings, George (the Destroyer of Worlds) and Lando Calrissian, had also taken an interest in the Vitamix box. From there, Nikki says, things spiraled out of control.
“We’re crawling on a month. It’s just shy of a month, which is ridiculous,” Jessica said.
This is a month that has seen the couple deprive themselves of the blender as their three fullballs, all rescue cats, carry over to their box perch, and their facebook page Explosion in popularity.
Nikki said, “When we started the page for cats on Facebook… she had about 50 followers, something like that.” ,[Now] More than 19,000 people follow the page.”
Max, George and Lando have made their household famous with tales of the antics of cats off the shores of Vancouver Island.
“People are commenting, ‘Hey, from Italy!’, ‘We saw this on our news in Australia,'” Jessica said. “How?”
“Someone sent us a post translated into Chinese the other day… it’s everywhere,” said Nicky.
“Cat videos go viral all the time, you never expect it to be your cats.”
After a few days of being deprived of their expensive blender, the couple hatch a plan to wean the cats off their new throne: reach up to the Vitamix and get some dummy boxes.
“We thought they could get an idea of how much the cats fell in love with it,” Jessica said. “If they decided to send … three empty boxes together, it would be a great laugh for everyone.”
That’s exactly what the company did.
The couple is now in the process of reinforcing the upcycled boxes so that the three feline fighters don’t fall through them—a disastrous result for Gerson-Nives’ smoothie-and-soup plans.
“The second of them falls through a noose box… it’s over,” Jessica said. “Nobody’s going to find anything but the real box again.”
make people happy
According to the couple, the fight over the Vitamix box has been a much-needed distraction amid the cycle of grim news in the province.
“Of course, we’re not really being held hostage, we can move the cats whenever we want,” Jessica said. “It’s about having something sweet and fun and whimsical and silly.”
“There was a woman who said, ‘I’m a COVID nurse in an ICU ward, and every day before I get out of the car to go to work, I read the latest post and I laugh’.”
Jessica says she wants people to contribute to their local animal rescue and adopt their own cats if they can.
“It’s not big and consequential. It’s not traditionally newsworthy,” Nikki said.
“It’s not high stakes, but it’s making people happy and it’s better than nothing.”