What I Hated the Least Today 47/365: Play

My cat considers it beneath her to play. She only plays with each toy once, when it’s new, and then abandons it forever. She even goes so far as to lose toy balls in my bedsit. I suspect she must hide them in the litter. You can’t legitimately lose anything in a bedsit.

Today, rather than losing anything, the cat recovered something that I first took to be the tail of a mouse. Her toy mouse, that is. The mouse however looked intact. Maybe it had two tails to start with and I never noticed. It wouldn’t be too surprising—my national symbol is a two-tailed lion, so we have a tradition in multi-tailedness. Because her find was new, the cat proceeded to kill it (and then abandoned it forever).

Here’s a video.


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Mara Eastern

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17 thoughts on “What I Hated the Least Today 47/365: Play”

  1. They’re kind of funny, when they jump on stuff that way. ‘Multi-tailedness’ … that’s a wonderful word.

    McDuff doesn’t play much … if at all. He certainly doesn’t play on his own — I’d have to play with him … and even so, he loses interest pretty quick. Could be and age issue 🙂


    1. Jumping cats are hilarious. They look like they’re having an epileptic seizure when they jump around. My cat doesn’t play either, and she’s just four years old, she’s indifferent even when I operate her toys for her. It was a very rare moment when she found something interesting (I still don’t know where it came from, I’m very meticulous and don’t have random mouse tails lying around the flat) and played with it on her own accord.


      1. *ROFL* @ random mouse tails. I’ve bought all kinds of stuff for him but he doesn’t care. Every now and then, though, he can start to play on his own with one of those little [I don’t know what they’re called] «wires» … they’re small and thin, used for closing plastic bags, amongst many other things. If you buy a cord or some sort, it comes rolled up and tied with one of those …


        1. Same here. I’ve bought and hand-crafted many toys for the cat, and she’s just indifferent, even when I operate the toys for her. I need to get those little wires you talk about, I think I know what you mean (but don’t know what it’s called either), the cat seems to like random bits and pieces of rubbish.


          1. Sometimes I’ve been SO tempted to buy one of those nice cat beds for him, but I’ve held myself back — I know he would walk in wide circles AROUND it …


          2. I know right! My cat never used any bed I made her, though recently she discovered the BOX. She sleeps in there now often. And scratches it, so that I have bits of cardboard all over the place.


  2. I used to love playing with my cat, Luschka, a Tonkinese. It was a cat and mouse game, but using a bottle top (cap). I would use my foot to get the cap to fly througth the air, and Luschka would have been waiting, in readiness, to ambush it as it flew past. We had great fun, and she got some exercise too! 🙂
    PS: self-deprecation, unless of course you feel you have a price on your head, and it is quickly depreciating!! LOL.


    1. That’s the first time I hear about Tonkinese, and they look like a fine breed. Cat and mouse games are the best – sometimes I manage to convince my cat to play with me and we chase each other round the flat… She likes unpredictably moving objects.

      Thank you for pointing out the self-deprecation, self-depreciation is a less common spelling, but it’s Oxford Dictionary approved. I double checked 🙂


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