Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Toys

Toy Story: The Escape

The human was greeted by this cluster of toys the other morning when she walked downstairs.  She was unsure if the toys were making a run for it, or if one or more of the kitties decided to see if they could find better toys by dumping the top layer out of each of the toy boxes. Admittedly, it can be tricky navigating the stairs in the dark first thing in the morning with arms full and eyes not exactly open.

 

 

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New Toys

The silly human found cat toys on sale that were stuffed to the gill with organic catnip.  This particular brand is very potent and the kitties have enjoyed many of those toys in the past.  They get nuzzled and kicked until the catnip is nothing but powder and the toys are limp and bedraggled.  As you can see from these pictures, Big Caesar had a grand time with one of the toys when the human brought them home and presented them to her overlords. Usually, the Emperor is the epitome of calm and dignified behavior.  However, when he cuts loose and gets silly, he’s a force to be reckoned with and oh so funny. Heaven forbid the human giggle while he plays, as that is an almost immediate show stopper. He gets up and participates in some gratuitous grooming to hide his embarrassment that the human found him being silly. <<Who me? I was NOT being undignified!>>  <<Oh, but this toy smells soooo good! And it makes me positively dizzy!>>  After Caesar had a turn with the toy, Fireball stepped in to check it out.  He never feels he needs to apologize for being silly.  In fact, he rather enjoys the experience of being high as a kite.  Meantime, the Mer Kitty was looking on at all the silliness…and the poor orange mouse (also stuffed with the same potent catnip), sat all by its lonesome. <<Silly Tiger Boys. They’re just encouraging the human to use the evil camera.>>  Fireball didn’t even finish his “trip” before Caesar was back to have a play. The Big Guy tackled the Little Red Bee, who was considerably out of it thanks to the potency of the catnip. It hardly was fair to wrestle him, since he was already three-quarters of the way to submission. That didn’t stop Caesar, who seemed to be interested in taking control of the toy again.  (Meanwhile, the equally potent orange mouse sat unappreciated and all alone. And the Merkitty continued to look on with mild amusement.) Several days later, the human no longer knows where either of the new toys have gone. The cats may have kicked them under some furniture or carried them off to a special little corner to be retrieved when they want to have some fun. Cats!

 

 

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Can a Bag Ever be Too Small?

Corky and Pepe explore the possibility. This bag has potential. If only the handle wasn’t in that exact spot.  Mac joins the action. She wants to make up her own mind about the situation.  She’s less impressed with the tiny bag’s entertainment value than Corky and Pepe are.

 

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The Joys of Paper Bags

Corky and Pepe arrived here with a curious fear of the sound of a plastic bag being opened and shaken out. On the other hand, they also arrived with a complete love for paper bags — the smaller and cracklier they are, the better.Put a paper bag (or a strip of crackly packing paper) on the floor and you can count on one or both of them sticking first their heads and then as much of their bodies as will fit into the bag or under the paper. (It probably would not be kind to mention the tail and the back end of the cat that sticks out for all to see…)  Pepe is a big one to attack the inside back wall of the bag as if it was something interesting to chase. Once the novelty of the bag-cave has been explored and exhausted, they’ll flop on top of the bag and roll around on it. The more smunched the bag becomes, the more desirable it seems to be. Sometimes they’ll bring a toy mouse along for the ride, dropping it on top of the bag and then rolling around on both until the mouse gets pushed to the side.

What can one conclude from this odd feline behavior? If you pay for a toy, they’ll hardly ever even look at it, let alone play with it. However, if they think they’re stealing something from the human…well, that toy is worth its weight in catnip.

 

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Cat vs. Zipper Pull

This is Mac — up close and personal. She is about to attack the zipper pull on the human’s pullover.First the cuffy paw was applied, but the zipper pull didn’t move much.Next little teeth were applied. The zipper pull moved.  <<Success!>>

 

 

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Pepe and the Feather

Keeping Pepe entertained at breakfast is no small task — especially when the 2-legged is trying to get her own breakfast cooked and eaten, and her schedule planned.This is the time of day when the Pepster seems incapable of entertaining himself, so the human has to do it for him. On this particular day, we’d tried all our usual toys and none were up to snuff. The human even dragged out the dreaded feather wand and swished it around. Mr. Pickles chased it a bit, then lay down and ignored the toy and whined at the human. Fortunately (or not) a feather fell out of the wand and the human couldn’t put it back in so it got turned into a toy. For reasons only Pepe knows, the feather was a hit and he batted it around and chased it along the floor. Of course, let us be clear that just because Pepe played with the feather that day, doesn’t mean he’ll ever even look at it again.

 

 

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When All Else Fails…

And the human is taking forever to get out of bed, knock the ball around the track and yowl. It probably won’t get breakfast served any faster, but it does ease a lot of stress and strain.

 

 

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Pepe and the Cable Organizer

Pepe was bored the other morning and was complaining about the lack of entertainment while the human tried to eat her breakfast in peace. <<Not happening!>>So the human, who had been cleaning out her office and had some office supplies on the table, went looking for a toy. She found a package of nifty flexible plastic cable organizers. You twist the flexible device around power cords and cables to various electronic devices. Each organizer is a different bright color and has a flat area where you can write the name of the device.  They looked like they would roll, so the human pulled one out and tossed it to Pepe.As you can see, great entertainment began immediately. Pepe chased the gadget all over the kitchen, executing some rather remarkable tosses, jumps, and saves while he was at it.Eventually, he settled down for a bit of a rest. Meantime, the resourceful 2-legged was able to finish her breakfast. 

 

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Konfuse-a-Kat

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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Exodus

As you can see from the overturned cat scratcher, the blue mice have made an exodus from the center of the structure. However, they didn’t go very far and they stayed lined up fairly nicely.

 

 

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