When I’m working, Simon can’t stand it if he’s not right in the middle of the action. So, after months of playing endless daily rounds of move-the-kitty-off-of-the-lap and shew-the-cat-off-the-table (my favorite games, to be sure), I finally had a flash of brilliance. My cats spend hours and hours playing/sleeping/lounging in cardboard boxes every time I get a package. If boxes are that irresistible, wouldn’t putting one off to the side of my work table attract Simon and keep him out of my hair (and safely away from projects and tools)? Turns out, the answer is yes. A cardboard box was all I needed to create an instant cat playpen, no cash required!