I have come to the conclusion that our Abigail is just a little…different. While she enjoys and will play with the standard cat toys when we give them to her (fur mice, strings on sticks, balls with bells in them, etc.), those aren’t the things she seeks out when she left to her own devices. Instead, she prefers less orthodox choices. Her top 4 favourites, in no particular order, are:
- Ice slivers. We have a built-in ice maker on our fridge, and whenever she hears the sound of someone getting ice, she comes running from wherever she is. It rouses her from the deepest sleep, distracts her from her dinner, and is a guaranteed way to uncover her whereabouts. Given a small chunk of ice, she will chase it across the hardwood floors, pick it up in her mouth and carry it around, hide it under area rugs, and come looking for more when it melts. (I have little puddles of water all over the house.) If she loses it before she’s ready to quit playing, she helps herself to bits that have been discarded in the kitchen sink.
Balled-up paper. An endless source of entertainment, mostly because she has the crumpled up bits scattered throughout the house under various furnishings and loves to haul them out again…usually covered in dust bunnies (both the paper and her).
Doors. There’s just something about the way they swing open and shut, I suppose, because she chases the base of them back and forth for ages. Seriously. Back and forth. For hours. Doors. Yes, words fail me on this one, too.
The dishwasher. Apart from climbing into it while I’m unloading the dishes (something that’s getting harder for her to do as she grows), she appears to be convinced that something lives under it. Every time we start it and the water begins to swish around, Abby can be found trying to force her way through the 1/16-inch crack at its base and/or sitting and staring at it with utmost focus. But still…doors?
And there you have it: the top 4 cat toys according to Abigail. If I’d known about them in advance, I could have saved myself a fortune… 😉 How about you? If you have a cat, I’d love to know what his/her favourite playthings are. Maybe I can expand Abby’s toy basket. 😀
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