Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Toys

Proximity Does Not Equate to Guilt

Someone had a grand party on the stairs. Apparently, there was a very desirable toy at the bottom of one of the toy boxes. In order to find that toy, the kitty had to go digging in several of the toy boxes, scattering toys from the top of each box onto the stairs.  The human walked by and saw the aftermath. It just so happened that Pepe was sitting there at that moment. He claimed he had nothing to do with the mess, reminding the human that just because she found him near the scene of the crime didn’t mean he’d committed the crime. He decided to leave in case the human stop chuckling and decide to take some action. The human picked up the toys lest someone take a tumble going up or down the stairs (namely her!).

 

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Boxed in…

The “oh so funny” human put a big box on the floor. The cats ignored it. The human picked up the wobbly egg toy, turned it on, and put it in the box.  Mac came over to check out the noise, at which point the helpful human picked her up and put her in the box with the egg. Mac was not amused. Neither was she entertained. She stared away ignoring her surroundings and plotting new methods to wake the human from a sound sleep at 3:30 am. The human has since been punished 3 nights running for her insolence.

 

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Bubble Trouble

 

The human’s normal source of biochar cat litter was out of product once again so she had to find another source on the internet.  In fact, she found several types of litter that the penta pack is currently trying out.  Those shipments resulted in a lot of boxes arriving at the house. Of course, once she had things unpacked, the human offered the kitties each of the boxes in turn.  Some boxes were just too large to interest the 4-leggeds.  Some boxes were too small for them to fit into, but they had fun anyway.  Some boxes arrived with crackly craft paper, which Corky and Pepe just love to play in. Some boxes arrived with bubble packs.  Pepe, of course, had to check out the bubbles. He walked across them, miraculously not breaking any open. He even tried to take a bite.  Also fortunate that none of the bubbles popped close to his face. Corky also checked out the bubble packs.  He seemed a little less interested in them than Pepe had been.  Mac and Caesar watched from the edges of the room. They were having none of this trouble with the bubbles.  

 

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Eggcellent Entertainment

Corky and Pepe have been having a grand time with the wobbly egg-shaped toy.  They follow it around with great interest.  Every few minutes, one of them cuffs either the base or the fluffy spinning cap with felt pads. They also back up like crazy when the toy gyrates toward them at a rapid clip. The nice thing about it is that it works for about 15 minutes, then it goes into sleep mode, so the human doesn’t have to chase the toy around to turn it off when the cats have stopped playing with it. Clearly, it was designed by someone who knows (and likely has) cats!

 

 

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You Just Find the Strangest Things in this House!

This sight greeted the human this morning.  Now, granted, the 2-legged is used to seeing toy mice dropped next to litter boxes or even occasionally sitting in food bowls. However, this is the first time in recent memory that a toy mouse was found floating in a water bowl. Given that it spent the night there, the mouse is pretty much toast. What do you suppose they were thinking about when they made this move? 

 

 

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New Motorized Toys

The human, ever in search of interesting toys to entertain and engage the felines, ran across 2 different motorized gadgets on clearance at her favorite pet-food store this weekend. The toys are supposed to keep cats mentally agile and give them some exercise. So far, so good! One is a motorized mouse (left) operated by a second “mouse” that works like a computer mouse and remotely moves the wheeled mouse back and forth and in circles. It also recharges the motorized mouse — a 3-minute recharge is supposed to give you 15 minutes of play time. The cats had a great time with it until it stopped recharging. The human must investigate the problem, which may well be that the NiCad battery in the motorized mouse has gone bad or the new battery in the remote control mouse has been drained. The other toy is egg-shaped (right) with a cap sporting felt pads that spin around (not shown). Much like a Weeble, the egg spins, rolls, and wobbles across the floor while the cap with felt pads also spins, stops, reverses, and so forth. At first the human had a hard time getting the cap with pads to stay on the egg, but once she did, the cats have been having a grand time with it.

 

 

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Mr. Sparkles

Corky and Pepe are each sporting new kitty collars.  The human keeps both boys in collars with bells so Fireball has a bit of warning that they’re after him.  The Trio, who still are somewhat afraid of tiny bells, opt out. The new break-away collars are extra sparkly and even sport a “diamond” at the clasp. Unfortunately, Corky’s jewel fell out the first week he wore it, so he’s a bit less sparkly than his big brother.

 

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Score!

The silly human washed a dishpan she uses to soak her orchids each week in the dishwasher. When the load was done and the machine unloaded, the pan was still a bit damp, so she set it on its side against the cupboards. While she was around the corner working, one of the kitties found a crackly Mylar ball and knocked it into the dishpan just like a champion soccer player would knock a ball into a goal.

 

 

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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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