a great gift idea for the home office worker

December 18th, 2009 | Other Projects


Ergonomic cat tray!

42 Responses to “a great gift idea for the home office worker”

  1. Ellen O. says:

    I’m envisioning a multi-tiered rack of trays, with keyboards and cats that swing in and out from under your desk as needed.

  2. Tom says:

    Tulip, my cat, had the same idea, except for she lays OVER the keyboard. She is also wi-fi connected: when I turn my PC on, she automatically wakes up comes from wherever she is sleeping in the house, and keeps wandering under my chair and desk until I take and hug her.

  3. Ellen says:

    Also, Small Dog Electronics rocks!

  4. netbooks make a perfect feline butt warmer

  5. HGD says:

    This actually exists! I stumbled on it while looking at cat condos. It’s called the Kitt-In Box!

  6. Therry and St. Jerome says:

    I keep one in a drawer beside my keyboard.The purr drowns out the sound of the processor. He has trouble leaving the mouse alone, though.

  7. JenK says:

    But is that a gift for the home office human or the cat?

  8. Ian says:

    When I had cats, this kind of thing usually happened when they were hungry, so I’m guessing the good Dr was a little peckish?

  9. Kate L says:

    When I had my computer at home, I had a cat in my lap and a dog at my feet!

    At this festive time of year, I believe that it was Felix Navidad or someone who said, “God bless us, everyone!”.

  10. Ian says:

    How’s everyone doing in the North East of the USA? Just heard the news about massive snowstorms. Hope you’re all safe and warm?

  11. The Cat Pimp says:

    I had a computer fall apart on me while under warranty. I was without one for a month, so I purchased a new Powerbook. Then, the store called and said they could not fix the old laptop, so here’s a new one. The new one is a Toshiba running windows. If I have both on at the same time, I can get work done while my blonde cat sits on the keyboard of the Toshiba.

    Oh, yeah, and what Ian said abt. the snow. I just saw some very snowy pictures by a friend in DC today. It looked like 18 inches of snow!

  12. Dr. Empirical says:

    I shoveled around 4 inches off the driveway this morning, and another 4 this afternoon. I just looked out the door, and we’ve gotten about 6 since then. I’ll probably spend the day tomorrow shoveling.

    Ya know… I bet I could afford a snow-blower.

  13. Feminista says:

    <i´ve been in Mexico for a writng seminar. Flew into D.F.(Mexico City)on Dec.10;have been writing,readng,and critiquing since Dec.10 n Paplanta,Veracruz. Have many stories to tell.

    The keyboard here is different,but I wanted to say hola a mis amigas y amigos.

  14. Ready2Agitate says:

    Felicidades, companera!

    As to snow, it’s just starting to flurry in Boston now (1am or so). They’ve been towing cars off the streets for many hours, though (BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! – the sound of large trucks going in reverse). We’ll see tomorrow if it’s as bad as they predict. We’ve battened down the hatches. Uh, not really. I only just realized I still hadn’t brought in the garden hose, which is solid with ice now. It was all sunny and fall-like and then all of sudden – wham! I am not ready.

  15. Alex K says:

    @12 / Dr Empirical:

    What? Go out and buy a snow-blower? Why ever would you do that when you’ll just THROW IT AWAY?!?

  16. Pam I says:

    Could it be that Alison does what I do and keeps her hat on indoors rather than turning on the heating? (Clue, top right.)

    Actually I keep mine on because it’s a very splendid furry russian tank commander’s hat complete with authentic tin badge. Ear flaps optional.

  17. thank you, mentor, for all you do.

  18. Kat says:

    Dr. E, what is this shoveling of which you speak? And snowblower? That must be some electrical tool for the removal of that mythical white stuff that is said to come from the sky…..

    …..kat will ponder these mysteries while continuing to knit the MOST STRESSFUL HAT EVARRRR! that must be done in time for Boyfriend to take to Canada (where, apparently, the mythical white stuff often appears during the winter) on Tuesday.

  19. rinky says:


    very heart warming stuff

    very much in keeping with the season


  20. hairball_of_hope says:

    Those of you who aren’t awake when the bats fly probably have not seen the drivel from the orange-haired interloper, but I’ve been reading and watching in the wee hours as Mentor swoops in promptly (within minutes) and banishes those missives to the dung heap where they belong.

    All hail Mentor, who surely could use some sleep at that hour instead of purging offal from this blog.

    Happy Solstice, Mentor. Get some rest.

  21. Ted says:

    Mentor, there is someone who trolls Glenn Greenwalds blog at Salon.com. Glenn says that within minutes of posting his latest blog he (or others) have to start deleting the troll’s posts. No matter how many times he deletes the next day it’s the same thing all over again. So even though this person knows no one will ever see his posts he continues.

    It seems what you are dealing with is some kind of Internet compulsion to be heard from people that have a tinfoil hat that is askew.

  22. Cori says:

    The Doctor knows she deserves every gift she receives. The gift she gives is looking so darn good…

  23. Antoinette says:

    When perched at the computer, I’m usually blessed with one cat on my lap and one behind me on the chair. It’s to be hoped that the one on my lap is my more mature gentlecat and the one in the lumbar support position is the still-kittenish 1-yr-old who delights in batting at/pouncing moving things such as fingers.

  24. Calico says:

    Oh, Winnicott – you’ve done it again (melt my heart, that is).
    Great photo! Great cat as well. : )

  25. --MC says:

    Mentor — thanks for your vigilance.

  26. Aunt Soozie says:

    We were completely snowed in… if not for a neighbor with a plow my car would still be buried! Our schools were closed today and will be closed again tomorrow! But, have to say, it sure was fun!!

  27. Ready2Agitate says:

    Ya, we got dumped too, but not like New York! Hairball, is it all mounds of brown snow & slush there???

  28. Alex the Bold says:

    Finally! A wristpad device that can also double as an alarm clock. (It’s been four hours since you last fed me. I will now paw at the sliding door, making one hell of a racket, until you get out of bed and open a can of food.)

  29. hairball_of_hope says:

    @R2A (#28)

    Manhattan is magical when it is snowing. The snow falling at night makes the sky orange. The city is quiet. The Empire State Building disappears in a shroud, then reemerges, layers at a time, illuminated beyond the falling crystals.

    Then reality sets in. The noise of the snowplows (really garbage trucks equipped with plows), steel grinding on asphalt, jars me from a peaceful slumber.

    The day begins cold and brisk, icy spots on the sidewalk, still-white mounds undisturbed in the tree pits, slippery piles of snow at every intersection.

    By mid-day, the intersections are ponds of icy slush that reach to my ankles. The snow is now a dirty grey. The tree pits are filled with yellow snow (all hail Frank Zappa).

    Post-sundown, the sidewalks are covered in treacherous black ice. The slush ponds are frozen over. The snow is crunchy underfoot. I trudge home, taking short strides lest I slip and fall on some breakable anatomy.

    In a few days, rain will wash away the remnants of the snow, uncovering all the well-preserved dog poop that Fido’s clueless humans left in the snow as now-defrosted traps for the unwary.

  30. very evocative, HoH. thank you.

  31. meldyke says:

    Greetings all. Snow in central CT was minimal (~4″ here at the homestead). What hype – it is winter, after all!

    My cat prefered the top of the monitor back before they became so streamlined. Now he just scowls about the dogs.

    Many thanks to Mentor, of course.

    And a heartfelt, belated thanks to all of you who posted helpful, loving, and insightful replies to me back in Nov (I think) when I was having a very difficult first-birthday-after-my-mother’s-death. I know I’ve been MIA, but I am so grateful for your support. You’ve no idea how it has helped. Happy Holidays of all sorts to you and all yours.

  32. Ready2Agitate says:

    Thanks HoHope!

    Glad tidings, all.

  33. Acilius says:

    Glad we could be helpful, meldyke. Keep warm.

    And of course, thanks to Mentor for preserving this as a nurturing space.

  34. Mentor says:

    Great Joy to the New, ol’ buddies, ol’ pals.

  35. Kat says:

    Mentor, that was a really cool song. Thanks!

    My feeling is that Christmas music is mostly awful, with the exception of medieval carols. Here are a couple of my favorites:


  36. Feminista says:

    Hi folks,
    Just checking in to see how all my blog friends are doing. The writing seminar in Paplanta,Veracruz,Mexico was fantastic.

    Now I’m in Mt. View,CA,visiting my sister and her family. I’m on the shared family computer,so need to go.

    Happy holidays to all.

  37. Kat says:

    Greetings, Feminista! I hope you get to see other parts of the bay area while you’re here (though nothing against Mt. View…).

  38. Feminista says:

    Thanks,Kat. This has been a low-key week; I have been to Palo Alto and San Jose to do errands. We’ve spent a lot of time talking and catching up with each other. In trips past,we have gone hiking,taken trips to museums,bookstores,historical places and zoos,and visited the coast. I hope we can go hiking this weekend.

  39. Kat says:

    Ooh, have lots and lots of fun!

  40. Timmytee says:

    Steeleye Span plus Led Zepp equals Bluehorses.