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Apr 21, 2008

The redonkulousness continues

Keep your cat from writing to CuteOverload (i.e. get him off the keyboard!) with this HANDY kitteh bed shelf!

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Anita D. and Matthew S., love the look on tha woman's face—she's NOT GONNA TAKE IT ANYMORE!

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I'm gonna order me up one right now!

nads
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 05:06 AM

Does that thing swivel? It has GOT to swivel....

Deana
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 05:06 AM

Um, that's cute and all, but obviously will not work. The reason kitteh is on the keyboard is because that's where your hands are! Great idea, though.

Eastie
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 05:07 AM

HAH! and they think this will work! Maybe on Chihuhuahuas. :>

Poohbear
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 05:11 AM

yeah that's going to get them to stop walking on the keyboard and Huggy's going to stop sitting on my head at 6AM.

metsakins
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 05:15 AM

Eastie is absolutely correct. The concept is clever but pointless. Kitteh is not up there for companionship--he is up there to prevent you from doing anything that does not involve scratching his chin.

Karen
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 05:16 AM

that's too removed from the action (teh humans) to be of any use. i recall one that was a platform for the top of the monitor, but with lcd monitors, that's kinda difficult.

Aesthetica
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 05:19 AM

The finer points of cat psycology have been grossly neglected. The cat will still sit on the keyboard unless you start sitting on the cat shelf yourself.

even-star
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 05:21 AM

Positively silly! Just because you buy it the cat won't sit there... Now, if you put something you don't want him sitting on there...

Xandra
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 05:30 AM

Karen's right--the only way this will work is if you put the keyboard on the cat bed.

gloom raider
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 05:30 AM

The gizmo itself looks like a fairly standard, but nice, wooden mail tray, with a custom-fitted pad. Nice idea, but as everyone else has already said, any self-respecting cat will sit on your keyboard/hand/papers/phone anyway.

acelightning
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 05:38 AM

It needs to go over the keyboard. Just high enough that kitteh cannot fit in.

As other posters have pointed out, the kitteh is not there for your amusement... he is there for *his* amusement.

Perhaps a hammock device?

ThePhantomOfTheNet
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 05:46 AM

Actually, Phantom, I have a similar setup, and it works : my keyboard is on a sliding shelf that fits under the desk. I can push it in just enough to make it really uncomfortabuhls for kittehs to perch on while still allowing me to type. So they settle for lounging on the desk above the keyboard, just under the screen. It works until they decide to get up - too much attention to the screen, not enough to them - or play with the cursor. You can't win. :))

Poohbear
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 06:05 AM

Hovercat is hovering.

merino
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 06:08 AM

Does the big fat orange cat come with it? I really need another one. (Another BFOC, that is. The shelf, as others have pointed out already, would be useless.)

Juno
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 06:11 AM

HA! Like that would work - brilliant idea though, I wonder if it were closer to the keyboard, within skritching distance if it would work better?

I bought one of those monitor trays many years ago when monitors were gigantic and it worked like a charm for my Calico, HOWEVER it didn't account for overhang...
http://www.thecaboose.net/carrie/midget2.jpg

Ermine Violin
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 06:12 AM

Interesting concept. My cats won't sit on the keyboard, but they will try to sit to the right of the keyboard and then wind up leaning onto the number pad.

I think I just need to get a cat tree w/ two levels and put it near the desk.

verily
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 06:12 AM

Poohbear, that's why I was thinking of a hammock like device. As you typed, they feel the bumping of your knuckles. You get to type, they get feedback.

As far as the monitor problem, yes, that's a toughie. They want you to look at them. 8 hour invisi-potion?

ThePhantomOfTheNet
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 06:19 AM

But the cat can't type from that position.

Hon Glad
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 06:19 AM

i like the before and after pictures.

does the cat come with the shelf?

how much do you want to bet kitty will still prefer the keyboard!!?? lol

jen
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 06:25 AM

Ermine: Love the overhang! I splurted coffee onto my keyboard when I saw that. Ha!

katydid972
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 06:35 AM

I love how flowers magically appear and paperwork gets organized with the kitty bed shelf! lol :)

amber
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 06:42 AM

The idea is nice, but we all know this will not work...cats will always lay in the most inconvenient places no matter what kinds of cat-specific things we buy for them! What they really need is a DECOY KEYBOARD! A decoy off to the side so that kitty will lay on that one and leave your real one alone hehe :)

mary78
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 06:45 AM

this is my life.

sunny
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 06:46 AM

Let's call this by its real name: the kitty caddy

Trumanrabbit
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 06:56 AM

I am reading these comments through a thin haze of fine cat fur stuck to my monitor by static electricity. Sigh.

He doesn't lay on my keyboard--he walks back and forth across it, and then lays between the keyboard and the monitor, blocking my view.

dailyhamster
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 06:56 AM

Heh. My first reaction upon seeing this pic was "Yeah good luck with that".

Oh and my second reaction was: "Marmie!!!"

Lillith
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 07:07 AM

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*Cat-Like Typing Detected*


j/k, my roomie's cat knows to stay out of my bedroom with all the weak and defenseless stuffed animals on my bed.

Vicki
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 07:41 AM

TrumanRabbit -- if you're not already in marketing, you should be.
Agreed & well done.

Theo
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 07:42 AM

The kitteh's all like, "Take a memo."

rorschach
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 07:42 AM

"Um, that's cute and all, but obviously will not work. The reason kitteh is on the keyboard is because that's where your hands are! Great idea, though."

Per-zackly. It's not because the keyboard's comfy, ad people. It's because the keyboard's getting more attention. Doggies who can't fit on the keyboard bounce your hands with their noses. Bunnies who can't quite make it to your lap stand up so you can juuust see little twitchy ears in your peripheral vision - again, and again, and again. It's not proximity; it's contact.

k. o'dee
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 07:44 AM

LOL! The cat looks like he's giving dictation to his secretary. I could actually so use one of these. *stares at my kitty eye-ing my keyboard*

chanpon
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 07:47 AM

KoD is correct. (darn cats)

Theo
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 07:48 AM

...and one phone call taken in another room after this photo was taken, the cat is sleeping on the keyboard, burping up those pretty flowers.
Sorry folks, my blonde Persian, Farah, wouldn't have taken that opportunity for closeness-she would have given me a very funny look and plotted. Might as well use the Kittycaddie for a bookshelf for more desk room for the puddy. I'm sorry, it does seem like a good idea in theory. The 'bookshelf' idea might save the sales numbers.

Katrina
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 07:55 AM

even if there's no way this would ever work, I like the evidence of kitty typing on the monitor in the "before" shot...nice touch!

R
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 07:57 AM

To go along with this nifty item there are 2 gadgets designed to
(1)keep your cat off of your keyboard:
http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/i.m-on-ur-keyboard,-ruining-ur-spreadsheets/pawsense-kitty-keyboard-kover-prevents-that-feline-from-typipppppffffffssss-260658.php
or
(2) detect that cat typing is taking place and block it:
http://www.bitboost.com/pawsense/pawsense-faq.html

angelcatbeds
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 07:59 AM

What we need are A/B switches for keyboards - you just have two keyboards, and when kitteh lays down on one, you use the other one.

Now, kittehs are crafty, they will figure out that you're using a different keyboard, and they'll eventually get tired of it and move. That's why a mere fake keyboard won't work. So you switch back.

Zombie
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 08:15 AM

How much was that cat paid in pounds of tuna to look all satisfied and content in that cat bed. I know of no cat who would fall for that.

But …

it is cute.

Jean
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 08:16 AM

Ha, as I type this reply I have a cat sleeping across both my arms. My other cat likes to lay on my desk and rest her head on my keyboard, but it doesn't have anything to do with me. She'll do it even if I'm not in the room, leading me to believe she just likes it because it's warm.

yankeebird
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 08:19 AM

Any self-respecting cat knows that the shelf alone would not confine them. My three hang out any old darn place they please EXCEPT my computer keyboard! (go figure out that one!) Kitchen tables, beds, chairs, rugs, and now even the console where I have my HD TV. The idea is nice, but I have thrown in the towel on this long ago.

ThreeCatNight
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 08:22 AM

lol this is funny, but I think it might be cheaper just to put a cat bed on your desk. and definitely right that the real reason is because cat wants your hands occupied by him/her and nothing else. and lol @ cat-like typing!

Marianne
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 09:09 AM

clearly the people who invented this do not have a cat.

cdelphine
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 09:22 AM

I like how in the "before" picture the monitor shows repeated text as if kitteh's paw is holding down a key.

In the "after" pic it resumes normal english grammar structure. LOL!

punkpie
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 09:44 AM

my cat comes and sits behind my lcd monitor so I cant get at her to put her down off the desk. Then if I so much as look at her she comes out and cuddle attacks stomping all over my keyboard. Then if im playing World of Warcraft I have to explain to my friends why my character just auto ran into the big monster and killed everyone >.<

charlie
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 09:49 AM

Charlie -- your cat's name is Leeeroy Jenkins?

Theo
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 09:50 AM

Gahahahahha!

eriu
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 09:57 AM

Clearly the pad on the kitty caddy is made of prickly velcro, which would explain why 1)kitteh is staying on the tray and 2)why kitteh looks vaguely annoyed.

charliewabba
 |  Apr 21, 2008 at 10:15 AM

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