Friday, March 2, 2012

Help! My Cat Sits Very Close to the Iron When I Sew



We all know that cats like to be warm and cozy. Sometimes, during a heat wave, my cat will sit atop the hot water heater!!! But when I sew, he sits right beside the iron. I like to keep the iron plugged in so that I can press a seam after it is sewn. It just makes life easier. Besides, I am slow sewer and I don't need to plug and unplug the iron, and wait for it to heat up, after sewing a few seams.
But my cat sit perilously close to the iron.  I think he enjoys the heat emanating from it. (Now I also have a fireplace in my sewing room - an electric one- that gives off a lot of heat too. But that is a bigger machine and it distributes the heat more evenly through the room.) I've tried turning it low and it doesn't deter him. Is there a guard I can buy for my iron that will keep my cat from being burned, should he knock into it?

9 comments:

  1. I use a cordless iron with automatic shut-off.

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  2. What's his (her?) name?

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  3. Aw.....you're making me miss our cat that passed away...

    He "sew" adorable. Let's hope he's careful too :)

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  4. Thanks! I think he's top drawer too! He is affectionately named Angry Cat. (A name he got from a neighbour who was a toddler and wanted to put him in a headlock!)

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  5. Regarding your trivia fact:

    “Two added to one — if that could but be done,”
     It said, “with one’s fingers and thumbs!”
    Recollecting with tears how, in earlier years,
     It had taken no pains with its sums.

    “The thing can be done,” said the Butcher, “I think.
     The thing must be done, I am sure.
    The thing shall be done! Bring me paper and ink,
     The best there is time to procure.”

    ...

    Taking Three as the subject to reason about —
     A convenient number to state —
    We add Seven, and Ten, and then multiply out
     By One Thousand diminished by Eight.

    The result we proceed to divide, as you see,
     By Nine Hundred and Ninety Two:
    Then subtract Seventeen, and the answer must be
     Exactly and perfectly true.

    -- Lewis Carroll, THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK

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  6. I think all orange cats have a taste for danger! Mine is always getting in trouble.

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  7. We have a sleeve that you can buy. It fits over the iron. You could try that.

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  8. Now that the weather is so hot in Ontario, I wonder if that will still be a problem?

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  9. I'm a little late but I used to have a cat that would sit on top of the electric stove burners while the oven was on. The oven heat would radiate to the top so it was warm but not too hot. But I always worried I'd bump into those burner nobs and sear my cat's fur off!

    Is there a way you could prevent the cat from jumping on the ironing board/table? Maybe create some kind of barrier?

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