Because I am nice like that, I cleared the top of the bookcase next to my desk, and put a blanket on it, so that 7 had a place to sit and watch.
Not quite an epic fail but close
Beware of cats getting into under-bed drawers...
Jane opened one, to find Twiglet fast asleep in it.
She can only have got in there by teleportation.
A box with large viewing holes in the sides, on top of the bookcase, might be just the thing. I sometimes buy large bottles of cola in a box that is mostly frame--the middles of each side are holes so as to display the product inside and also save cardboard--and the family cat loved it. It gave the enclosed-in-a-box feeling he liked, and also allowed him to see out and have ventilation.
You cleared out the wrong shelf
That looks about normal! What cat appreciates anything that its staff do for it?