Basket Case

☆ October 18, 2011


It took me all summer to get this photo of Eli sleeping in a basket.  I had the empty basket on the shelf in my camper as a kitty spot ~ the girls love baskets.  But one day, I happened upon Eli sleeping in the basket!  I quietly reached for my little pocket camera to snap a pic, but when I turned it on, the noise woke Eli and he glared at me and leapt out of the basket and swaggered away.  This happened numerous times over the course of the summer.  He kept returning to the basket to nap, but was adamant in his refusal to have this adorable habit documented.  It became a mission of mine to get a photo.  And I finally did.  Just don’t tell him so!



46 Responses to “Basket Case”

  1. katblue
    October 18th, 2011 @ 8:37 am

    Oh my word!!! So adorable!

  2. Kim
    October 18th, 2011 @ 8:42 am

    Purrrrfect! =^..^=

  3. Richard
    October 18th, 2011 @ 8:47 am

    Thank you Shreve. Another picture to warm the hearts of all of us who care so much about you and your beautiful pets. You’ve made my day again,something you’ve done many,many times.

  4. hello haha narf
    October 18th, 2011 @ 8:53 am

    there really is not much cuter than a kitty in a basket, but seeing eli there is pure perfection.

  5. Elizabeth
    October 18th, 2011 @ 8:58 am

    Well worth your persistence!

  6. Donna
    October 18th, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    Way beyond cute!

  7. Leisa
    October 18th, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    My lips are sealed. Eli does after all, have his macho, feline “man of the house” reputation to maintain!! (so adorable)

  8. Patr
    October 18th, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    Doesn’t Eli surf the web by now? ;) I caught George (beagle) googling rabbit images the other day. Such a hound!

  9. Evan
    October 18th, 2011 @ 9:27 am


  10. kay
    October 18th, 2011 @ 9:31 am

    Sweet little dude.

  11. Karla
    October 18th, 2011 @ 9:31 am

    Tres’ cute!

  12. Amber Star
    October 18th, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    Awww….Eli is such a sweet sleeper.

  13. SiobhanM
    October 18th, 2011 @ 9:33 am

    Awesome Eli :)

  14. carol
    October 18th, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    In the close-up pic those ears clearly say (in IKSL)that you are just being tolerated.

  15. Kristan
    October 18th, 2011 @ 10:34 am

    So precious!

  16. Jenny C
    October 18th, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    Whispering: completely, edibly darling! Oh cats… an empty basket high on a shelf becomes instant paradise. I can only imagine the things you opted not to haul up the mountain, but an empty nap-basket made the list and was lovingly placed in prime cat territory.

  17. Penny in Co
    October 18th, 2011 @ 11:21 am

    BEYOND cute….even better because you had to wait and be patient!! LOVE it. He would be so appalled at his cuteness I bet….

  18. Renee
    October 18th, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    He is literally STUFFED in there! Adorable.

  19. Eileen
    October 18th, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    What a character!

  20. Shannon S.
    October 18th, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    Eli! Great to see ya.

  21. Stacey
    October 18th, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

    So cute! So squee!

  22. PatH
    October 18th, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

    Eli the wise one has taught you well on how to silently approach your prey like a successful feline! But he really knows you are there yet decided to reward you (and us) this time for your silent stealth like cat like maneuvers… How old is Eli now?

  23. Nathalie
    October 18th, 2011 @ 2:53 pm

    Congratulations on your conquest. My cat is notorious for that.

  24. Scotty
    October 18th, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

    he is gonna be so mad when he finds out.

  25. Bumblebee
    October 18th, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

    Awwww… now that is adorable!!!! :)

  26. karzie
    October 18th, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

    L.O.V.E. it!!!!

  27. Claire
    October 18th, 2011 @ 7:25 pm

    As tough as Eli is he sure projects cuteness sleeping in the basket.

  28. Erynn
    October 18th, 2011 @ 7:41 pm

    so SO cute!

  29. TT in MD
    October 18th, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

    awww, I think he knows you’re there though and just let you have the moment so you could share with us :) I’m always amazed at the cozy spots kitties find.

  30. angie
    October 18th, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

    oh how sweet. how very domestic(ated) of him!

  31. Claudia
    October 19th, 2011 @ 2:37 am

    OMG. Adorable!!!!

  32. cassie
    October 19th, 2011 @ 7:23 am

    They are sweet the way they curl up to fit in small spaces. . my cat loved baskets, boxes, paper bags .. . I don’t think Eli would grace a paper bag or box though!

  33. Marg
    October 19th, 2011 @ 9:49 am

    Our dog was the same way, camera on.. dog gone. I just want to comment on your I Don’t Know What Is Going On Here picture of baby Charlie, it’s his first crazy eyed head shake which we all know he perfected later on as a grown up! The adult picture is one of my favorites of him being goofy but this one is going to be a close second. What a treasure.

  34. Karyn
    October 19th, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

    Oh Eli, you warm fuzzy bundle! So good to see the king is well and happy!

  35. Betsy in RI
    October 19th, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

    What is it about cats curling up in baskets and boxes? They’re just so adorable when they do that! I hate to blow Eli’s macho cover, but, damn – that’s just so cute! ;-)

  36. Laurels
    October 19th, 2011 @ 7:23 pm

    Oh gosh, those wonderful pink kitty toes! Excuse me whilst I go find some toes to pinch… I love it :D

  37. Bing
    October 20th, 2011 @ 1:18 am

    our darling cats also sleep on baskets. and even on strainers.

    picture perfect!

  38. Pat D.
    October 20th, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    Nice pic.
    My roomie’s cat used to sleep in a kitty bed atop her dresser, but since we moved my roomie hasn’t put it back. Recently the cat began climbing atop the clothes on my dresser and sleeping there every night.
    Finally I removed the clothes, put a spare kitty bed on the top of the dresser, and Maggie cat is happy once more, spending her nights there in a much more comfortable way.
    Silly felines!

  39. Mabi
    October 20th, 2011 @ 12:05 pm
  40. Mabi
    October 20th, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

    I meant to say:
    Don’t want a little tisket,
    or a little tasket,
    just a little kitty in a basket!

  41. Nahla
    October 21st, 2011 @ 9:23 am

    I have same problem with my cats : one of them used to steal my cigarettes and play with when he was kitten, he was walking with a cigarette in the mouth it was really funny but I never could take a single pic, now he’s adult and stopped “smoking”. So, congrats for you pic, Eli is cute !

  42. wright1
    October 22nd, 2011 @ 11:59 pm

    Thank you for your persistence in this stalk! Cats are all different of course, but there are those like Eli who seem to sleep with the same total focus they use in hunting…

  43. Christine
    October 23rd, 2011 @ 7:21 am

    Again, this proves…anything worth having is worth waiting for. Great shot :)

  44. carmel
    October 23rd, 2011 @ 11:57 am

    Just lovely and I love the blend of soft colors…so relaxing, I feel sleepy now!!

  45. carmel
    October 23rd, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

    Priceless !!

  46. Lana
    November 22nd, 2011 @ 8:25 pm

    love it. so cute (the softer side of Eli)

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