In a standoff that lasted nearly a month, three cats based in Langford, British Columbia, on southern Vancouver Island, attempted to claim ownership of a blender box – a saga that has fascinated social media users around the world.
It all started on December 16, according to Nikii Gerson-Neeves, one of the owners of the trio, when she brought in a new Vitamix blender and left the knee-high box still closed on the kitchen floor.
Her four-year-old tuxedo cat, Max, immediately jumped on the box, baffling Nikii’s wife, Jessica, who took a photo and uploaded it to a Facebook group which celebrates big cats.
By the morning, the situation had worsened: Max’s two siblings, George (Destroyer of Worlds) and Lando Calrissian, were also interested in the Vitamix box. From there, says Nikii, things got out of hand.
“We’re moving forward in a month. It’s barely a month, which is ridiculous,” Jessica said.
It’s a month that saw the couple deprived of the blender as their three furballs, all rescue cats, take turns atop their perch, and their Facebook page is exploding in popularity.
“When we started the page we have for chats on Facebook… it had about 50 followers, something like that,” Nikii said. “[Now] more than 19,000 people follow the page. “
Max, George, and Lando made their home famous, with stories of the antics of the cats surpassing the shores of Vancouver Island.
“There are people commenting, ‘Hey, from Italy!’, ‘We saw this in our news in Australia,'” said Jessica. “Like what?”
“Someone sent us a message translated into Chinese the other day… it’s everywhere,” Nikii said.
“Cat videos go viral all the time, you never expect them to be your cats.”
After being deprived of their expensive blender for days, the couple hatched a plan to remove the cats from their new throne. They contacted Vitamix to ask the company for dummy boxes.
“We thought they might appreciate how much the cats fell in love with this,” Jessica said. “If they decide to… send three empty boxes, great, that’ll be a great laugh for everyone involved.”
That’s exactly what the company did, sending the couple in British Columbia three empty Vitamix boxes.
The couple reinforced one of the lure boxes, filling it with material so a cat could sit on it and not fall through.
Now, photos show two cats sitting on boxes in the couple’s kitchen.
Make people happy
The battle for the Vitamix box has been a much-needed distraction amid the grim news cycle in the province, according to the couple.
“Of course we’re not really being held hostage, we can move the cats around whenever we want,” Jessica said. “It’s about having something sweet, fun, whimsical, and silly.”
There was a lady who said, ‘I’m a COVID nurse in an intensive care unit, and every day before I get out of the car to go to work, I read the last message and laugh. “”
Jessica says she wants people to help with their local animal rescue and adopt their own cats if they can.
“It is not important and therefore. It is not traditionally not newsworthy,” Nikki added.
“It’s not a big issue, but it makes people happy and it’s not nothing.”