Post 717: new toy…

Cat toys don’t have a chance! I try to have replacements for favorite toys on hand for that inevitable moment the old toy reaches its end.

This toy is dead...!

This toy is dead…!

Long live the exciting new toy!

Long live the exciting new toy!

Excitement builds in anticipation of play with the new toy! (The boys are creawling all over the desk trying to get to the toy, which I try to photograph, then hide from them...!)

Excitement builds in anticipation of play with the new toy!
(The boys are crawling all over the desk trying to get to the toy, which I try to photograph, then hide from them…!)

Both boys converge on the mother lode: the old toy and the new toy, just there, waiting to be taken!

Both boys converge on the mother lode: the old toy and the new toy, just there, waiting to be taken!

Dougy makes a move, but Doug (the human one pulls the toys away at the last second...!

Dougy makes a move, but Doug (the human one) pulls the toys away at the last second…!

"#*&@^#*!" Wow! I didn't know Dougy knew that word!

“#*&@^#*!”
Wow! I didn’t know Dougy knew that word! We are not happy!

36 thoughts on “Post 717: new toy…

    • Look up Neko toys for cats on Amazon. They probably are available other places, too, but I’ve used Amazon for a long time. There are several varieties of “critters” available and they come in a couple sizes. The BirBug toy by Neko was a hit with the boys because (I suppose!) the toy is about the size of a small bird or large insect. That said, they really, really, really like the littler ones, too! Andy is a shy kitty, slow to join in on play, but the Neko toys bring out his inner cat so fast he forgets he’s shy! I like that because I want him to have as much fun in life as his brother Dougy.

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      • I think they could chew off parts and swallow them. I only let them play with them when I’m in charge of the toys, just in case. Also, when they start to wear out, some shed feathers and other parts that I make sure get tossed in the trash as soon as they appear. Toys like the bee are more durable than the centipede (the one shown in the second photo). The centipede toy comes in two parts that are attached securely but which eventually succumb to cat play, The boys do mouth these toys a lot, “killing” them over and over. Though the parts are heavy duty, so are kitty claws and teeth! When they start shedding parts, I retire the toy and place them in the trash in things the boys can’t open since I have a couple of trash rummagers in this house. (So much for good breeding!) Sauce jars and other containers like yoghurt containers with the tight lids work well for this purpose.

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      • Great idea! I’ll get the human too get me some of those!! Hmm – on second thought. Never mind the human – I’ll order them myself! MWAHAHAHA!😹 *(digging out human’s debit card)…

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  1. The boys looks so shiny and healthy and we know all to well about buying two of everything because just one never lasts long if Ali likes it.
    You and the boys have a great week.

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    • I hope they are healthy. I take them in regularly for check ups just to keep on top of any issues they might have. It was during one of those routine check ups that their veterinarian discovered Andy’s heart murmur and blood pressure issue. (Speaking of which, the little rascal gave me a workout this morning trying to catch him, and finally trapped himself under a chair. We had some words…! Of course, he just gave me those kitty eyes, and I couldn’t stay mad at him!

      Yeah, that’s the best way to handle toys, isn’t it? I always try to stay at least one favorite ahead of the boys.

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  2. Our cats’ favorite toy is string. Nothing like a good thick string to chase! Second favorite is the compressed catnip mouse. Only problem with that is when they toss it in the water dish. Makes catnip tea… 🙂

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    • I’ve never seen the compressed catnip mouse toy before. Interesting! I’ll have to see if I can locate a source for them. I bet the boys would enjoy them. (I can see the tea business happening!) Andy likes pens and sticks. When I bring out wand toys, he oftentimes is more interested in attacking the end of the wand than he is attacking the toy itself. I have to work at getting his attention redirected to the wand toy instead of the wand!

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