Post 671: baiting with BirBug

If you want to catch a cat, you have to use the right bait. But first you have to catch their attention!

Andy is predictable. Sleeping, as usual, on top of the blue carrier!

Andy is predictable. Sleeping, as usual, on top of the blue carrier!

Dougy, on the other hand, is ready to go! [Hint! Hint!] Here, he's hiding in that box by the wastepaper basket across from my computer table. "Nearby", if you didn't follow the description.

Dougy, on the other hand, is ready to go! [Hint! Hint!] Here, he’s hiding in that box by the wastepaper basket across from my computer table. “Nearby”, if you didn’t follow the description.

Can't fool Dougy! He saw me hide the BirBug in Mr. Frog's maw!

Can’t fool Dougy! He saw me hide the BirBug in Mr. Frog’s maw!

Thinking out strategy...!

Thinking out strategy.

Excitement building!

Excitement building!

Will he extract it? Will he?

Will he extract it? Will he…?

"#&^@%#(^&!, Andy! I was here first!"  "#&^@%#(^&!, you, too, Dougy!"

“#&^@%#(^&!, Andy! I was here first!”
“#&^@%#(^&!, you, too, Dougy!” said Andy as he patted Dougy off the computer table.

"And stay away!" I guess Andy told Dougy, eh?!

“And stay away!” I guess Andy told Dougy, eh?!

Andy wasted no time and dug into Mr. Frog's maw for the BirBug lure! Rawr!

Andy wasted no time and dug into Mr. Frog’s maw for the BirBug lure!

Good and deep!

Good and deep! RAWR!

"Now what?!" Andy got the prize, but it wasn't doing anything. Hunh!?

“Now what?!” Andy got the prize, but it wasn’t doing anything. Hunh!?

Not to worry. I saw Andy’s dilemma and made sure he got some good action for his efforts! Dougy came over and joined in the play. We all had a good time.

31 thoughts on “Post 671: baiting with BirBug

    • Kittens are nice, but I’ve done it both ways: a shelter cat that was 5 years old and two kittens (Andy and Dougy, in the posts). Andy and Dougy were quite a handful as babies, and I wasn’t the best person for two little kittens. Thanks to KITTENS FOR DUMMIES and the Internet — not to mention their veterinarian and $1400 in medical care within their first four months with me!– I got through their kittenhood, but I’d never want to do that again!

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    • I’ve never trimmed Andy and Dougy’s nails. They are heavily pigmented, so telling where to trim is problematic. I asked their veterinarian about trimming, and he said the front claws are kept in shape by scratching. The outer sheath slips off when the nail is ready to shed it. Cats chew their hind foot nails to trim them. This isn’t good advice, just confession of what I do or don’t do and why! Their veterinarian did say nails on dewclaws need to be watched and trimmed if they start to curve in on themselves because they can grow into the flesh, become infected. As for trimming them, though, I am willing to pay someone to do it. Both the veterinarian staff and the staff at the groomers can do it for a small cost.

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