No, this photo isn't upside down; he was hiding behind a chair, and I was hanging over the back of it trying to take a picture without alarming him further. The accursed Blogger won't allow me to post the rotated version. Hang upside down yourselves to see how cute he is.
He was inspected by the others, and found sadly wanting. Rude things were growled and spat at him. Jack then fled to a little gap behind the television where he stayed until a friend brought a cage round, in which he is now safely tucked up until he gets used to a new environment where snooty cats come to stare and to hiss rudely at him.
He used to live with Millie's sister, and she was so nice to him - Millie hasn't been at all nice so far.
Shortly after he arrived, this large box was delivered.
The Box Inspector stopped hissing at Jack and came to do her favourite job.
Inspection was thorough.
The Assistant Inspector was called.
The Plastic Webbing Tester did his bit too.
The fascinating thing about plastic webbing is that when you apply the Bite and Scratch test...
...the other end moves! Plastic Webbing Testers love this part of their job, watching their webbing wriggle as if it had a life of its own.
I had unpacked the box, laid its contents out in an orderly fashion, and (being female) had read the instructions. I was now ready to assemble the Monstrosity. The Box Inspector was moved to offer assistance.
Between us, it didn't take long to put the Monstrosity together.
The Box Inspector made herself useful yet again.
The Assistant Inspector came too. She's always very interested in acquiring new skills, and enjoyed the platform testing. Her lovely ocelot tummy was on display.
Scooter preferred to stay on the lower deck. He's not confident with heights yet, but he made a good job of inspecting the sisal rope on the scratching posts.
The top platform offered a wonderful view of a small ginger cat hiding behind the television. The Box Inspector sent the sort of looks that could kill, until she got bored with the lack of response. That ginger kitten seems to be a softie, won't put up any sort of a fight.
The Inspectors were satisfied. If they could write, they would have filled in the paperwork, but as they couldn't, they scratched their initials in one of the posts. Passed.
They may or may not visit the Monstrosity again some time. They're not sure. They're cats - why would they remain interested in such a thing for more than a day? The Monstrosity might be another One Day Wonder. Perhaps it could be used to stand mugs of tea on. Or maybe have some fairy lights round it over Christmas?
Meantime, secure in his basket-in-a-cage, little Jack (who only had his boy-operation three days ago) is wondering if he's going to fit in with such a tough, confident, work-oriented bunch. They look as they have never been small and scared in their lives...