Thursday, January 18, 2018

Jezebel Strikes Again



Our two cats are aged, as mentioned the other day when I shared an image of Tilly staring at me. Jezebel, however, does retain more of a playful nature. She reserves it for the middle of the night mostly, however.

(big shock, right, fellow cat lovers?)

One thing she’s taken to doing is opening a drawer built into our recliner couch. I have witnessed her during the daytime, lying on the floor and digging her nails into the upholstery to drag it open. I can only imagine she discovered the delightful reaction by accident, and find the evidence walking by with breakfast in hand.

That said, for a while Jezzy had fun dragging off a stringed stuffed mouse toy tucked into the top of one of their cat trees (three! All built by my dad, whose a dog person, I might add). I’d get up the next day and have to look for the mousie, setting up her challenge for that evening.

That activity kind of went the way of the dodo, though she still climbs those carpeted towers now and again. But I want to encourage her play, stimulate her mind a little. And catnip mostly seems to bore the girls now for some reason (perhaps diminished senses?).

So I decided to move the toy and try this:

How's It Hanging, Mr. Mouse?
As you can imagine, she has not played along the way I imagined. If the drawer is open, the mouse might remain dangling there like a hangman’s victim. At least I caught her in action, as you can see in this series below.

"What's This?"
She Works Fast Sometimes
"Eh, I'm Done."
"Time for a Nap"
Getting Comfortable
"Almost There... What?"
"Ah..."
How do you like to play?

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12 comments:

  1. Dakota don't take to playing as much as he used to but Lily knows how to bring it out in him. She loves to play. We can be sitting here minding our own business when all of a sudden she just goes CRAZY and starts running wild open, jumping from here to there. I have issues with her knocking over vases with potpourri in it (smell gone) ....so yesterday I sprinkled orange essential oils in there and as of yet, she is not messing with it! I am still learning the difference in dogs and cats! They are just too funny but it makes my heart so happy when my dog and cat play together.

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    1. I adore the videos and images you share. Be well!

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  2. Such a cat :-) Love the shots of her getting comfy under the blanket. I think I'm going to stay under my blanket all day today. It's cold out, even in normally warm and sunny Florida.

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    1. Are you still wearing your flip flops? ~grin~ Stay cozy, my friend. And Happy Writing!

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  3. Awww..she is a cutie. I am glad she still likes to have some fun. If they no longer like catnip, you should try silvervine, that seems to get all the kitties excited and is getting easier to find.

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  4. I hope there's nothing in that drawer that the cat shouldn't have.

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    1. Good point. And no, I only store blankets in there. Hope you're having a great day!

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  5. Maggie plays like that. However, once in a while, she will walk really fast (she thinks she is running), "chasing" the minions. Usually it is Clyde who will engage her. He is a real charmer. Her playtime is brief, but funny. She just turned ten, but the cardiomyopathy makes her seem so much older. Bonnie & Clyde keep her going. HUGS!

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  6. My cats are ancient. Today Jade takes the long trip to the coast. I don't know if she'll be coming back. Swollen right eye, another vet says it is likely cancer. I hope its infection. But my oldsters still play like crazy, although they don't jump the way they used to. Every night when I watch TV I have a wand toy or the laser pointer and they play, usually one at a time now. They don't wrestle like they used to. Old Vision used to horde toys behind the fridge. I don't know why. I like to play too. Sometimes I play soccer in the house with a cat toy. The cats stare, like I'm nuts. I probably am, but at least I own it.

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    1. You're such a wonderful caretaker. ~hugs~ Thank you for sharing a smile. I own my insanity, too. ~grin~ Be well!

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