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Dear Christopher Cat

Why does my cat perch on top of my refrigerator?

Christopher Responds

We cats like to settle in high places so we can survey what’s going on below us from a position of safety. In the old days, humans did the same thing when they built castles atop cliffs.

My feline sister Cali uses the refrigerator as a springboard to the top of the cabinet above, where she dozes in the decorative baskets scattered there.

In addition to appreciating the good vantage point, she basks in the warm air that rises from the refrigerator’s motor.

I rest on the uppermost level of the kitty condo in Mom’s office, where I enjoy the dogs’ antics. When they get especially boisterous, I feel secure knowing they can’t reach me.

The other felines in my family catnap on the top shelves of the closet and bookcase.

Some people say cats think they are “above it all.” It’s true, of course. Our penchant for high places is symbolic of our innate superiority.

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