Hello Friends, Professor Quillbert J. Naughtycat here.
For some time now I've been on a mission to inspect cabinets here at the H.C. As a kitten I was getting very good and the paw pry and head butt method.
Some of the flimsy cabinet doors in the bathroom were quick work. The hall cabinets were tricky and often caused a loud banging which alerted my parents. Dad ruined my good time by adding "baby-proofing" to the doors.
The cabinets in the kitchen proved elusive, until recently. These cabinets are potentially dangerous as Mom tends to use the "shove method" of storage. So being under the cabinets with a prying nose can be a concern.
I'd let them go, but some of these cabinets contain treats!!
So I've spent many hours looking at thing to figure it out. What I needed was leverage - but with a safe distance. Then one day I was trying to take a peak on the counter and I rested my front paws on the top of the cabinets doors while I peaked over the edge... yes I'm that tall.
I started to lose my balance and I dug my paws in and resettled my back paws and that's when it happened... The door opened a crack!!!
So I kept right on stepping back one paw at a time and the door opened all the way!! I could hardly believe it - the "Back It Up, Back It Up" method was born.
Now I can open the cabinets at will and search for the elusive treat cabinet. I can't wait till I figure out where they are!
Mom here: I only saw him do it once, but it was so funny! Now I just see a kitchen full of open doors when he's hungry. Somehow he has not managed to open the one treat cabinet - maybe it's at a bad angle. But I'm sure my big smart bear will figure it out in his thoughtful methodical way in time.