Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 336

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The Tabs the Cat Guide to Defending Your Space

I was recently tapped by a local blogger to offer my expertise on topics outside the fields of fashion and beauty.


Since my fans have been clamoring for lifestyle advice, and I’ve been trying to build my digital empire, I’ve decided to embark upon a series of how-to guides for cats.

Now, these are not just your average “For Dummies” guides. I’ll be delving into the details and covering crucial cat knowledge acquired over a lifetime of kitty modeling, and today we’ll be starting with one of the most important challenges facing cats: defending against the enemy.

I’d be remiss right now if I did not start this guide with my favorite component of territorial defense: the accessories.

Get the gear

Build your own cat leash

What’s that saying: “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop”? In order to keep my assistants (plural) busy, I commissioned my male assistant/masseuse/personal trainer to fashion a custom couture harness for me, so that I could patrol the neighborhood in comfort and style.

This particular harness was constructed with my husky frame in mind using nylon webbing, hook & loop Velcro-style tape strips and a craft glue gun, but I’ve also seen some exceptional pre-made gear at Petco, etc.

Build your own cat leash

Build your own cat leash

Build your own cat leash

Look for long sight lines

Long sight lines

One of the most important aspects of defending your space is the ability to see the enemy coming from afar. While patrolling, I always choose places with long sight lines that allow me to see other cats and intruders far away. This gives me time to formulate a strategic plan in the event of an encounter.

Long sight lines

Establish a perimeter

Establish a perimeter

Once you’ve identified areas in your territory with long sight lines, establish a perimeter.

By nature, cats are territorial, and yet some of us do not respect boundaries. It’s important to delineate the borders between your territory and those of your enemies. Establish a perimeter.

Establish a perimeter

Establish a perimeter

Establish a perimeter

Establish a perimeter

Establish a perimeter

Establish a perimeter

Enlist a second in command (if necessary)

Second in command

“No cat is an island.” Personally, I think that saying is bullsh*t, but there are times when you will need backup. If necessary, enlist a second in command. Ideally, this should be someone you can trust unconditionally who will also feed you when you’re hungry.

Gain the higher ground

Gain the higher groundSimilar to identifying the areas in your territory with long sight lines, the higher up you are, the more territory you’ll be able to survey.

In addition to conducting outdoor patrols, I also recommend positioning lookouts in outward-facing interior windows. Remember, the enemy never sleeps.


I highly recommend climbing trees if you have access to them. Not only is this a great cardiovascular workout, but it also gives you the opportunity to file your nails and survey your territory from above.

Gain the higher ground

Gain the higher ground

Know your enemy (IMPORTANT)


Russian Blue

When I moved to Novato, I enlisted human agents to help me profile the known feline enemies in the neighborhood. I suggest you do the same…


Tater the Tabby (4)

Tater the Tabby (7)

Tater the Tabby (6)




Build a secure command center

Secure command center

To take reconnaissance to the next level, commission the building of a command center with all the latest surveillance technology. This way, you’ll be able to safely gather intel while outdoors.

The construction of my new command center is almost complete, and we expect to deploy it this week.

Secure command center

Take naps to stay alert

Tabs napping

There comes a point when fatigue results in diminishing returns. Don’t lose your edge. Schedule periodic naps throughout the day to recharge your body and your mind, and perform at a peak level.

Follow these tips, and soon you, too, will be defending your space like a boss.

Stay safe, stay strong and, above all, stay beautiful,



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  1. Chris25 says:

    Tabs is a BOSS!
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  2. Sandy says:

    I enjoy these Sundays with Tabs posts sooo much! The level of creativity and commitment that is evident in your writing is stellar. This is easily my fave blog!

  3. Jen L says:

    I agree with Sandy.

    Your Tabs blogs are wonderful. My girls also patrol the yard on their strings, however if scared or in pursuit, a much stronger harness than Tabs employs must be used (this has been tested). This makes me believe that Tabs is a well behaved gentleman!

  4. Susan T. says:

    What a lucky boy Tabs is to have such an awesome command center!

  5. Kate says:

    Ahh, so cute

  6. May says:

    “Husky frame” I just call it …MORE TO LOVE!

  7. Jen C says:

    The command centre looks good! Spoken like a boss, Tabs!

  8. Kirsten says:

    Your neighborhood looks so lovely! I dig all those hills and the oaks. I hope Tabs loves his new throne… er, command center. It almost looks like the Popemobile. All it needs is the car.

  9. Chelsea says:

    I love him climbing the tree! I got to pet my kitty nephews today, Remington and Steele. Allergies are going crazy though from my amazing dog niece! I also met my human great niece and great nephew.

  10. Karen, would you mind clipping some of Tabs hair and sending it to me? I want to clone him. Seriously. He seems like such a FUN cat! I mean, you can take him on walks. ON WALKS!

    Loving the command center by the way. So many kittehs!
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  11. Ruchita says:

    Tabs, that command center looks so cool! How exciting for you. Mingus would love something like that. Perhaps you can share the specifications so you can have a partner in crime on the other side of the country. 🙂

    P.S. You’ll be pleased to hear that there is a hashtag on Instagram called #tabbycatworlddomination. Tabbies around the world are plotting and organizing for an eventual takeover. After naptime, of course. 🙂

  12. Kim says:

    That command center is looking awesome! I see it was challenging to capture the fierce and deadly aspects of Tabs’ enemies. They must be very skilled at subterfuge. It’s really the only explanation for all of them looking so cuddly and adorable. I’m glad Tabs is not fooled. Be vigilant, Boss Tabs! 🙂

  13. You looked surprised when Tabs climbed the tree, lol! I loved watching the gif play over and over again. 😀
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  14. Syah says:

    you understand my cat lady heart, Karen and Tabs.

  15. Pamela Haddad says:

    Tabs does well on the harness. My cat would NOT walk with it. He would crawl down the sidewalk. I didn’t even know cats could crawl. Then I would laugh so hard that I couldn’t continue. It was hysterical!

  16. Charlotte says:

    Tabs is the best, period

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