Solving the Three Cat Problem

It is time for me to go to work.

My daughter is already off at school and my wife is out the door.

It is just me, three wandering cats, and a problem.

Two of the cats are our new kittens, Fred and Trixie.  The third is our older cat Oscar.

The kittens are allowed to wander our house when we are at home.  When we leave or go to bed, they have to go back in the guest room which is kitty safe enough for us to get some rest and peace of mind.

The cats are out and about and I need to get the two kittens into the guest room and keep Oscar out before I can head to the office.  I also must keep Oscar from eating the kitten food as he is a bit overweight.

Some parameters I face:

  • You may only pick up one cat at a time.  Once you pick up one cat, the other two run away.
  • The kittens will not stay in the guest room when the door is open.
  • Oscar cannot be left alone in the guest room.  He will eat the kitten food.
  • Oscar and Fred cannot be left together in the guest room with the door closed.  Fred sees a big fuzzy playmate and Oscar sees a little terrorist coming to steal his stuff.  Trouble ensues.
  • Oscar and Trixie can be left together, except in the guest room because Oscar will chase her out and eat the kitten food.  If the door is closed Oscar will still eat the kitten food.
  • Fred and Trixie are fine together, except that they chase each other all over the place, so if you lose site of them outside of the guest room (or inside if you leave the door open), you have to search for a while to reacquire them.
  • Trixie cannot be left alone in the guest room with the door closed.  She will emit plaintive cries that will melt your heart causing you to go back and check on her constantly.
  • Fred can be left alone in the guest room, but he will position himself to dart out of the room the moment you open the door.
  • The only place Oscar will stay put is on our bed, but if you put him there both kittens will run into our room and start playing under the bed where they cannot be reached.
  • If you leave the guest room door open for a long time, like when you’re out trying to corral two lively kittens that way, Oscar will walk in and eat the kitten food.
  • If you close the guest room door, you have no hope in hell of getting both kittens in the room.

How do I make sure I get to work on time?

[Pictures added below: includes a spoiler]

Kittens at rest in the guest room

Kittens at rest in the guest room

The Oscar Problem

The Oscar Problem

My solution: Irresistable cat toy

My solution: Irresistable cat toy

17 thoughts on “Solving the Three Cat Problem

  1. Lora

    Fred & Trixie look cuuutee!!

    Anyway, the solution is quite simple. Pick up Fred bring him to the guest room, close the door. Go pick up Trixie, bring her to the guest room without Oscar following of course, and then close the door.

    Also you could first pick up Oscar since “Once you pick up one cat, the other two run away.” and bring him to the bathroom or so. Then bring the other two to the guestroom as mentioned above.

    – Lora

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  2. Lora

    Then put Fred in a box, inside the guest room, then bring Trixie, then open the box and then close the door.

    – Lora

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  3. Kinless

    Lol! Nice one.

    But you already had a solution before the toy.

    “The only place Oscar will stay put is on our bed, but if you put him there both kittens will run into our room and start playing under the bed where they cannot be reached.”

    Just add some food, remove the shredables, sleep in the guest room*, voila!

    *With cats, you’re the guest.

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  4. Jenaka

    LOL too funny! Sharing your home with cats keeps you on your toes, that’s for sure. There’s one thing you can try for the food issue. Get a big cardboard box. Cut a kitten size hole in it. Put kitten food in box. Watch to be sure Oscar can’t fit through hole. Have camera ready. :D

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  5. Zopha

    Get a cat carrier so you can throw kittens in it as you harvest them. Also helps you get them to outside places like the vets without them bouncing around the car and attaching to your face/arm/leg/crotch/breaking foot.

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  6. dave

    Oooo Oooo I know this one. Lemme get try to get it straight again, you put the Shepard and the fox in the boat first… no wait… you send Bono across with Edge and the flashlight… no wait… ah never mind.

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  7. Wilhelm2451 Post author

    You forgot that you cannot leave Bono and the sack of corn alone together, otherwise he will donate it to an African charity. So you have to beat Bono senseless with the corn, give the flashlight to Edge so he can make shadow animals, and tell the audience that the show has been delayed then feed them the opening act.

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