Cats are famous for claiming their owners’ chairs, beds, desktops, boxes, and even sweaters laying on the floor for their very own selves. There is probably no cat more famous — or persistent — when it comes to claiming her chair from her rude human owner than five-year-old Yoshitsune. Yoshitsune — Yoshi to those she lets into her inner circle — has nearly 1,100 followers on her Instagram account and nearly 3,500 followers on her Twitter feed. (But don’t be fooled by those relatively small numbers.)
‘Excuse me. Excuse Me. EXCUSE ME!’
Yoshi, who looks like she lives with another cat or two (maybe a human or two, too?), has a favorite chair. It may not look like much to those who can’t appreciate nice things — or respect boundaries — but it’s perfect for Yoshi. It has a firm seat, a solid and gleaming white metal frame, and a well-positioned back. One perfectly ordinary day in May 2020, a human in Yoshi’s life dared to sit on Yoshi’s chair.
Assuming that his human had made an innocent mistake, Yoshi popped up behind the trespasser and gently tapped the interloper on the back. Well, maybe not quite so gently. And maybe it wasn’t so much as a tap as a push. Anyway, it wasn’t her fault.
Yoshi Goes Viral
Nearly 750 people have liked that photograph on Instagram, though Yoshi, herself, likely would not have appreciated the picture. Why not? Of course, we can only guess, but given what we know about her personality, it’s possibly because the human didn’t move off of her chair like it was supposed to! Didn’t Yoshi make herself perfectly clear?
Other social media posts show off more of Yoshi’s personality. Laughingly, its almost as if she thought the simple and sensible action of touching her human would set things right. When that didn’t work, she added an open-mouthed squawk to a more vigorous and insistent “tap” on the invader’s back. You can see all of this action here:
— よしべん (@yoshi___ben) May 8, 2020
This lively post has been re-tweeted over 46,000 times and liked by over 192,000 Twitter followers. No word on how many of those followers were cats (versus humans), chair hoarders (versus those who respect cats’ doman), or how many of those likes were ironic.
Laughingly, it’s possible to have some sympathy for the poor feline? After all, all she was trying to do was make a place for herself in this crazy, topsy-turvy world. Maybe her human used to be away all day, but now they’re around all the time. Yoshi just wants some space to call her very own. What alternatives does she have?
After enjoying all of Yoshi’s antics on her social media feeds, its only natural to wonder what’s next for the persistent cat. So far, there is no record of this on social media but its fun to imagine what she might be doing. Did she discover other common and effective ways that cats claim and mark territory for their very own? Other territorial cats have been found to rubbing their face over things, scratching things to leave their scent and sharpen their claws, and even urinating on their owners’ property. Let’s hope she doesn’t escalate her behavior in any of these destructive ways.
Whatever is happening next, its likely Yoshi is still wondering why she just can’t have things her way. She’s likely thinking that her human had a perfectly good giant exercise ball right there. They could have sat on that ball and increased their trunk muscle activation and core strength at the same time, but no! Instead, they took Yoshi’s spot.
In her view, she’s probably thinking that things better change — and fast. In our view, let’s hope that Yoshi and her owner come to an agreement that lets them live in harmony.
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