Friday Cat Blogging – 2 September 2016

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Our new set of sticks with strings and feathers attached is a huge, monster hit. I’m not sure how we didn’t know this before. Marian thinks maybe we’ve never had any around the house with our current cats, and I guess that’s possible.

Anyway, this is now their absolute favorite thing in the world, especially for Hopper. We keep them in the laundry room (where we keep everything that needs to be kept away from the cats), and Hopper figured this out very quickly. She now spends much of her time lounging in front of the laundry room door, hoping that someone will come by and bring out the toy. If either of us walks in the general direction of the laundry room, she immediately trots over with a hopeful expression on her face. A couple of days ago the cleaners left the door open, and Hopper jumped up on the dryer, fished out the toy, and dragged it into the living room, where she promptly shredded it. It’s since been replaced by a somewhat sturdier model.

Hopper still hasn’t figured out where we hide the upstairs stick, but I suppose she will eventually. In the meantime, here she is outside the laundry room hoping that I’ll put down the camera and come play with her. I did.

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