Friday morning , as I was setting up our new printer, Chris claimed the printer box as his own. Floki the kitten was not happy about it and made a point of poking Chris through one of the handle holes.
I’m sure some of you have seen this kind of behavior before.
Sometimes I feel like our cats are married. If they are not fighting, they are sleeping together.
Chris and Floki
Here is another picture from last weekend’s cold snap. The cats spent most of the weekend keeping warm on our bed. I love this picture because Floki is sticking his tongue out as if to say “Haha, we were here first.”
Sometimes choosing the right cat toy to play with can be a difficult decision, especially when your two favorites toys, the Turbo Scratcher and Play Tunnel, are next to each other. Floki solved this problem by not deciding and played with both of them at the same time.
Check out what Puck does halfway through the video.
In case you missed it, the toys are on the sofa to keep Puck from pooping there.
You may remember a post from last month when Frankie leaped from the counter to the top of the bathroom door. Before that he had figured out how to stand on the toilet and open the cabinet where our linens are kept. Once the door was open, he was able to jump into the cabinet, despite the awkward angle. I guess the thrill of getting into the cabinet was short-lived and he needed to set his sights higher.
The other day Frankie had let himself into the cabinet and our kitten Floki was going crazy with jealousy. Just to see what would happen (and to get him to stop crying) I put Flokie on the shelf above Frankie. That got Chris’s attention and he jumped on the shelf with Frankie. I decided it was time to grab my camera but Frankie had enough and jumped down before I returned.
Because nothing attracts a crowd like a crowd, Puck had to join in to see what was going on.
After giving Puck a whack or two, Floki redirected his attention to bigger and better things.
Getting into a cabinet might be the goal of some cats but others need more. Floki had much higher aspirations.
To stand on top of two doors is quite an accomplishment but Frankie did one door and Floki was not going to be beat.
“Ta-Da!” Mission accomplished! Now Dad had to get him down. Of course, he wasn’t happy about that and had to start over from the bottom.
Puck was content to be a bystander.
Since he started on the second shelf last time, he had a bit of trouble figuring out how to get back there. This is when mean ol’ Dad decided to pull funding for the expedition and cut the adventure short. What is a cat parent to do?
To discourage Puck from pooping on the sofa, I put the cat’s tunnel on it, but didn’t expect Floki to suddenly become interested in playing with it.
Naturally, he liked being inside of the tunnel, peeking out the little window…
But he also liked hanging out the end of it.
It is a great place to stare at the ceiling while contemplating life.
A few strings don’t hurt either.
Even tunnel cats can enjoy a little sunshine.
When the fun is all over, the tunnel is a great place to take a nap.
It is rare to get a photo of three of our cats playing nice. Photographing all four together like that would be like capturing a flying unicorn alongside his pet dragon.
Puck, Chris and Floki
Recently I had to purchase something on Amazon and wanted to add something to my order so the total would be greater than $49, which would qualify for free shipping. I decided to try the Catit Design Senses Treat Maze. It was relatively cheap, not much more the I would have paid for shipping. It is also part of a system of cat toys that all link together, but I just bought the one piece.
It is designed to stimulate your cats while slowing down their ability to eat treats too quickly. I had another toy that did the same thing but through a different method. It was called Friskies Wobbert Cat Toy Pull and Play. Our cats liked it and I wrote a post about it here, but it worked best with the Friskies Party Mix. After putting a healthier treat, like Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw, they mostly ignored it, even though they love the freeze-dried treat by itself. I don’t know. Perhaps that treat has a more subtle smell.
When it arrived everybody was interested in it before I even opened the box, especially Frankie.
It needed some assembly but it was designed with men in mind. It was easy enough to figure out without reading the directions.
I had a bag of Instinct Raw Boost Mixers that I put in the top. Not surprisingly, our smartest cat, Chris, was the first one to figure out how it worked, but Floki, our resident kitten pig, was the one most determined to get the treats out. Below is the first video I took after putting it together and adding treats. think it was pretty successful, even though it did not gain the full attention of all of our cats. In later videos, which I haven’t processed yet, Puck becomes interested in it. Frankie showed interest at first but gave up after a minute or two. He has not shown much interest after that but I ran out of treats before giving him a chance to figure it out, so maybe he will like it in the future.
What do you think? Does anybody have this or something like it? How do your cats like it?
While Rose and I were busy preparing our Thanksgiving meal, our cats were busy relaxing. I was very envious of Floki napping on our bed while I was working.