I don't have an updated photo of our kitchen, but it's probably enough to say that our countertop is shaped like a big U. And in the corner of that U is a lazy-susan.
Monster, since he was a kitten, loves being in cabinets and cupboards and closets. He has also been very good at figuring out how to open the doors to such things. Back when I lived in a house, weekend mornings were filled with the sound of
B A N G!
In case you're unfamiliar, that is the sound of a cat trying to get into a kitchen cabinet that is kept shut by a magnetic closure. Monster would get his claws in between the cabinet door and the cabinet backing and pull, just enough to move the cabinet door away from the edge, but not enough to open it. Then he'd let go and it would lightly bang against its close. Kind of like someone trying desperately to pull open a locked door, when all the door will do is rattle in its jamb.
Monster would repeat this "light banging" roughly eighty thousand times. Eventually, he'd pull hard enough that the door would suddenly break free of its magnetic seal and fly open with so much gusto that it would ricochet back and slam shut again.
This meant, by the way, that Monster wanted breakfast.
Occasionally, he'd get a cabinet open, and then crawl into it. If he discovered it was a cabinet that did not have his food, he would then begin mewing incessantly, presumably decrying his lack of reward.
If he managed to get into the cabinet where his bag of dry food was kept, he would then just eat through the bag and help himself to as much kitty chow as he pleased, often spilling heaps of it onto the floor for good measure.
But back to the lazy-susan.
For some reason, Monster really likes that particular cabinet in the kitchen, and when he goes to it and starts mewing at it, we'll open it and let him sit in there. (Note: he gets bored and leaves after being in there for like, 14 seconds. Oh, to understand the inner-workings of a cat's mind.)
Recently, Monster has decided that he should be able to enter the lazy-susan from the other side. The problem is that there isn't an "other" side, there is merely the back side of the counter. Aka: a wall. The wall, however, made the egregious error of having paneling, which Monster mistakes as cabinet openings.
And he does not understand why he cannot get in.
Try to explain that to a cat.
*Update: WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME? I meant either "Co-habitation" or "Co-habiting" in the title. CERTAINLY "Co-habitating" is NOT A WORD. I'm so disorientated!