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tabby cat from a local rescue organization. He full of energy, races around the house like a nut, but will NOT play with any of the numerous toys I purchased for him. Nor will he use his scratching post. He rather chase me down the hall and grab my ankles or tangle himself up in my bedding. He my first cat so maybe I doing something wrong. We will not declaw this cat but the potential is there for some real damage. Any ideas?Amy W. Hampden TownshipView full sizeFreddy loves his new "recycled" scratching post. The ribbon did the trick.Dear Amy:Welcome to the quirky world of cat entertainment. You are in for a treat.After indulging my new kitty with every toy imaginable, he too finds other ways to amuse himself. The house looks like a kitty jungle gym with stretchy critters hanging from doorknobs, mice themed scratching pads, bells, feathers, you name it.But Freddy would rather bat a cotton ball down the hall, chase Barney tail, or dive through a pile of newspapers. Even catnip has no appeal (true of nearly 1/3 of felines).I often advise dog owners to like a dog but it even tougher to think like a cat. I convinced cat toys are designed more for humans than our feline friends. Everything I bought for Freddy looked like fun to me. No wonder he quizzically watches ME bat the mice around, jingle the bells, as if to say you kidding me?Satisfying the hunt and chase drive of spirited young felines (which I was unaccustomed to after nursing senior kitties for many years) requires a bit of watching Most are attracted to movement, which explains why a room full of stationary toys isn very exciting for kitty. Interactive games using feather wands, poles with toys attached, or even tossing Prada Bag Small a wad of paper or rolling a ping pong ball around can provide hours of fun. But what they enjoy really depends on the cat.After observing Freddy play and scratching preferences for a couple of months, finding the right scratching post was the big score (and savior to the furniture). While we keep his Burberry Laptop Briefcase
needs to stretch, mark objects with his claws, and flaunt his scratching prowess.I salvaged a tall, carpeted scratching post from a friend whose cat turned out to be a horizontal scratcher. Take note of which direction your kitty scratches, as this will determine the style of post or pad to get. I placed the post in the most active room of the house and anchored the base with two dumbbells. Since Freddy is drawn to shoelaces, string, ribbon threadlike tied some old Xmas ribbon around the top and voila! After a few swats at the ribbon, he sunk his claws into the post with a look of his face, stretching and raking until he marked the pillar to his satisfaction a daily ritual. Having an audience is an added bonus.These are just a few suggestions based on my own recent experience. Finding the right toys and scratching outlets for your guy will require experimentation and cat like creativity. He let you know when you get it right!From A Reader:About a month ago, during the worst of the heat, I took my infrared thermometer outside to see how hot things actually got. The air temperature at the time was 92. The surface of a dark colored car parked in the shade was 92. Most everything in the shade was also 92, within a degree or two.
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