Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Toys

End of the Line for Brown Mousie

Well, one of the cats’ favorite toy mice has met its end. It spent the night in a bowl of soft food. Fortunately, we have lots more toy mice lying around so the meows won’t be toy-deprived anytime soon. Why they periodically do this is a great mystery to the human.  Toy mice end up floating in water bowls, sitting in bowls of soft food, or even tucked beside or inside the human’s shoes.  Maybe it’s cats’ inscrutable nature that makes them so fascinating.

 

 

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Not a One-Trick Pony!

Just for the record, Pepe is not a one-trick pony.   Let the critics be warned that he has mastered entertaining himself with more than just a pen.  Once in a while, he gets the human to share a rubber band with him for a few minutes.   First, he snags it from the edge of the table. <<Really, this is a form of entrapment by the human, who claims she doesn’t want me on the table but then tempts me with toys on the table! See what I go through?>>  Once it lands on the chair, it’s important to assess its probable level of aliveness.  That usually entails cuffing it around a few times to see if it will move on its own. Nope, seems like it’s dead.  That doesn’t mean it’s not cuffable of course.<<Okay, but after cuffing it for a few minutes, if it just sits there like a lump on a log, then it loses its entertainment value. Time to implore the human to give me another toy.>>  

 

 

 

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Pepe & the Pen

If cats got diagnosed with ADHD, Pepe would be a leading candidate.  He needs constant attention and affection from the human. Even with that, he gets bored very easily and needs lots of entertainment or he’s off to get into trouble. The silly human, after caring for and feeding the cats and tackling critical morning chores, finally sits down for her own breakfast and to plan out her day. She has to eat or write with one hand and pet or entertain Pepe with the other, or he’s head-butting her arm, tapping her shoulder or chin with his paws, climbing into her lap, and generally being a brat.  He doesn’t seem to have the will for self-entertainment most days.  One of the best ways to keep him entertained for a couple of minutes is to give him a pen.  Mind you, the human clamps the cap down very tightly before giving the pen to him. Fortunately, he’s never managed to get a cap off the pen. In truth, he doesn’t hang onto them for very long.
He starts by tossing and spinning them around for a bit.   Next, he stands up and cuffs them around the seat of his chair. Not surprisingly, the pens quickly find their way to the floor where he stares at them for a moment, then returns to his position and ask for another one. Jumping down from the chair and expending all that energy to chase a pen around the floor is just too much to ask of the Pepster most mornings. It’s nothing for him to go through one, then two, and finally three pens until the human has none to write with unless she picks them up off the floor. He’s such a Pepster!

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Where’s my Favorite Toy?

Apparently, the first box has been thoroughly searched and the desired toy was nowhere to be seen.  Now the second box is seeing some action. Note the interesting toy scatter.  If the human only knew what someone was searching for, she’d pull it out. However, the 4-leggeds are mum on the topic.  Perhaps it’s time for the human to clean out the boxes to simplify the search a bit.

 

 

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Check Out this Box!

<<It smells interesting. And now it smells like me. That makes it MY box!>> <<It’s just big enough to fit my head and shoulders. What a perfect cat cave! Once in a while, the human does something right.>> 

 

 

 

 

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Demolition Crew

That top kitty-toy box remains the focus of at least one of the meows.  The human has rearranged the toys to bring the ones on the bottom up to the top of that box and vice versa. Still, whatever toy someone is looking for must remain elusive. This is what met the human the other morning. Looks like someone got a bit frustrated, doesn’t it?

 

 

 

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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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