Joey reverted to his "old" self and chewed on the side of the laundry basket "because it was there."
But apparently the wicker stabbed him in the mouth as he chewed -- which may well be why he didn't finish chewing all the way through the basket.
But the cats are happy. When it got so cold earlier in the week I took one of those electric radiators out there to their porch AND plugged in their electric mattress pad AND gave them a soft blanket to lay on. Apparently it worked because they had been laying on a big cushion I put UNDER the bed for them, but now they stay up on top all the time.
They look pretty comfy to me.