Post 472: the blahs

Cats need variety in their lives, too. Dougy and Andy are no exception.

Though they were eager players when I first gave them their “cat’s meow” toy for a birthday a year or two ago, they quickly learned they didn’t have to hop around like kangaroos and carry on like they were on speed the way the advertisement cats do! In fact, both lie down next to it to play with it…if they play.

I set it aside months ago when they showed signs of toy fatigue, but brought it out today on the chance it would be a fresh and fun toy again.

You’ve seen the post title. I suspect you know the result:

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Post 288: oh yeah, the cathouse and silver vine

Yesterday, a big bang interrupted the thought and direction of the post. Today, I’ll tidy up a bit, try to finish yesterday’s thought.

The big bang still is a mystery, but I know one or the other cat knocked something off of something else. I’ll find it someday while cleaning or moving furniture. In the meantime, there haven’t been fumes, flames, or broken things strewn about, no blood or broken bodies. I think it might be their Cat’s Meow toy, which used to be on top of a desk, but now is on the seat of the chair in front of it.

As for the matter of Andy and getting him to have more fun, he really, really, really liked the peacock feather! Dougy did, too, but that was like saying the fat kid likes ice cream: Dougy really, really, really likes all toys and play things!

Cat slobber and claws are tough on peacock feathers. I wonder how peacocks would be on cats?!

Cat slobber and claws are tough on peacock feathers. I wonder how peacocks would be on cats?!

As for the cathouse, as mentioned yesterday, I wasn’t even finished assembling it, and Andy, then Dougy checked it out. It was a huge success in terms of cat approvals, though the duct tape wasn’t up to the task of sticking down tightly in some critical spots. I probably will have to get some more tape to keep it together.

Have you heard of silver vine? It has many uses, but cats are supposed to respond to it in a way like catnip, only more intensely. Sure, I bought some for the boys, just to see how they liked it!

The package text was almost all in Japanese, but I poured out half a packet for the boys. Turns out that's the "dose" alright!

The package text was almost all in Japanese, but I poured out half a packet for the boys. Turns out that’s the “dose” alright!

Seems simple enough, eh? Dose up your cats and watch them get it on! They have fun, you have fun, you all laugh and frolic together! Woo hoo! Better than catnip, and we know how good that is!

Dougy went over by the door, rolled over on his back with hind legs stretched straight out and forelegs curled on his chest: He was maxed out on silver vine, let me tell you! Mellowed out, not playful in the least, though an argument for stress reduction seems to apply.

Here's what the amazon description said about this Japanese alternative to catnip.

Here’s what the amazon description said about this Japanese alternative to catnip.

Andy hit the dust twice, snorting deeply. While his brother rested in bliss by the door, Andy hopped up on the cathouse, walked around the top, hopped down on the floor, paced around, tail twitching. Need I emphasize his “horns” were up?

Andy pounced Dougy, who still in bliss on his back, literally didn’t know what hit him. Andy dug deep into Dougy’s thick fur, biting and ripping out hair! In a flash, Dougy regained sobriety, and the brothers were a ball of fur rolling and tossing around on the floor! Andy harvested more hair. Poor Dougy let out a yelp. Though Andy is at least a pound lighter than his brother, he’s a scrappy little fart, and Dougy looked like he wasn’t having a good time at all: silver vine isn’t on his list of favorite cat amusements!

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Dougy finally, finally, broke away from Andy’s grip and teeth. Andy spit out more fur, and Dougy took refuge in the cathouse. Yes, the silver vine powder seems to be a bit more intense than my boys can handle. Back to raising catnip on my window shelf. Anyone want some left over silver vine powder?

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Postscript: Don’t worry about Andy and Dougy! They are best of buddies, and sometimes do play rough. After that, they return to less vigorous brotherly love! For example, after the silver vine wore off, they sniffed each other, and all was back to same-old-same-old, no harm done other than a few chunks of Dougy fur removed from his thick coat. I can’t figure out where it came from, his coat is so thick. Well, his pride was hurt a little, but that was soon over.

birthday toy blahs

The television advertisement showed happy cats slobbering all over the toy. Even old, fat cats spring up and play, the advertisement suggested.

You bought it! Now, weeks later, your cats mostly ignore it – and it runs on three C-cell batteries whether they play with it or it just sits there running, intending to seduce the little furballs!

I flipped the toy’s cover up on one side to expose the “mousie”. That, surely, will bring the boys in. Webcam ready, I turned the toy on: Dougy came at a full gallop! Here we go:

Hunh!? “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink”?

Dougy has his priorities, and first priority apparently is paper!

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The name of the second song, incidentally is Waunobe March, not Waunebe March, as it appears in the credits.

“Waunobe March” ~ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 
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ISRC CODE: USUAN1100016

The first song also is a Kevin MacLeod piece:

“Cantina Blues” ~ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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ISRC CODE: USUAN1100407