It’s the human’s fault. She was trying to add variety and hunting opportunities to the kitties’ daily repertoire. The meows were pestering for snacks, so the 2-legged flipped the much-beloved scratching disc upside down. On the reverse side, there is a maze-like structure with a ball inside — yes, a ball with a bell! — and a series of interesting holes on top that are just the perfect size for kitty paws to explore.To entice the kitties to investigate the holes, the human put a small pile of dried organic catnip on top and then carefully — while the felines were watching — nudged raw freeze-dried meat snacks from the surface of the maze into the holes. The kitties watched with fascination and even went over and looked inside the structure. The Merkitty hopped up, took a sniff of the ‘nip, and immediately was overcome with paroxysms of delight. The other cats had to move back or risk getting hit by her flailing limbs and rolling body. As she thrashed about, she would bat the ball that rolls along the track on the outside of the toy sending it spinning around the track. Pretty quickly, she cleared the deck of other cats. Over a period of several days, the human added more snacks and more ‘nip to the surface, but she never saw a single kitty paw raised to explore. Eventually, she fished out the snacks and turned the disc back over so the scratching surface was face up. Some hunters they are!
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