I was tired of bouncing plastic strips and dragging ribbons along the floor. I needed a better way to entertain my cat so I made a new toy that works better for both of us.
First I dug out a piece of cotton fabric and ripped it into 2 inch strips.
I pulled away any loose threads and threw those away. Then I tied each strip together end-to-end to make one long string rope.
I rolled the string into a ball then dropped the ball into a small box. (The box had originally held 5 reams of paper stacked on top of one another.) From inside the box I poked the end of the string through the hand hole on the side of the box. The last step was to put the lid back on the box.
I took the string hanging through the side handle and walked to the couch where I sat down to watch the morning news. Wilma had been watching me the whole time of course. While I watched the news I slowly, slowly began to roll the string into a ball. From inside the box, the ball began to roll as well. Wilma got closer to the box and tried to look inside.
During the half hour of news Wilma played with the string. She even reached inside the hole to help the string come out a little faster. She grabbed the tied ends with her mouth and helped it along that way as well.
I wondered what she would do when the last of the string came out of the box. I thought she would follow it all the way to my lap.
That was not the case. Wilma briefly examined the string once outside the box, but then she went back to peek through the hole in the side of the box.
She appeared to still be looking for the sound. The box is light and my floors are wood, so the box moved forward but Wilma didn’t seem to even notice. She continued to look and followed the box across the room where it finally bumped up against the wall.
All toys get old but this one has lasted quite awhile. The box has since then become part of my morning routine. I can sit comfortably watching the morning news programs while entertaining Wilma as well. Sometimes she tries to free the string from its captor. Sometimes she hides behind the couch watching intently and when the time is just right, she darts out to attack the unsuspecting string. At times she just crouches near the box and listens carefully. Sometimes she grabs the bottom of the box as if to dig the sound out from the bottom. I suspect the sound of the ball rolling inside is similar to the sound of a mouse moving inside a wall. I don’t hear the sound but Wilma certainly does.
For now I’m satisfied with my new cat toy. Wilma stays busy practicing her mouse catching skills and I get a convenient way of entertaining her (without the rodents).
- Make Time to Play with your Cat (vetdepot.com)