Y is for Yarn (and other favored toys) – #AtoZChallenge

Greetings and salutations! Please enjoy this selection from A Brief History of Space Cats, and the Care and Feeding Thereof by Sarah Ever.  Written by the main character from Space Cats from Space, these entries form a resource for feline companions to help them ease the transition from cat “owner” to their true role as caretaker and, possibly, human slave. Please enjoy!

Cats enjoy entertainment as much as the next creature. Kittens play with balls of yarn, winding them around their feet as they chase the ever elusive bundle of wool.

You would not believe the dirty look Blinky just gave me unless you saw it with your own eyes. My goodness.

As Blinky just tried to convey, yarn is a stereotype. Sometimes true, but not universal nor exclusive.

Some of the favored toys in our household consist of but are not limited to the following items.

Plastic pull tabs from orange juice and milk jugs. They are circular, with a right angle at the end that allows you to pull the entire thing off, unsealing the milk or juice. Such items have a lovely amount of spring and make minimal noise during play.

Also, small cups accompanying liquid medicine. These do make quite a bit of noise, especially when stuck between a door and a wall.

Small balls of iridescent cellophane fastened together so as to create a “pom-pom” effect. This is Clyde’s particular favorite.

Small stuffed animals, especially if filled with ‘nip. Although Blinky favors a non-catnip filled cow as his toy of choice, Inky prefers the stuffed sock that liberally laced with the feline attractant.

Cardboard boxes are also a huge hit. Once cardboard was introduced as an appropriate place to scratch, no box has been safe inside my walls.

And then you have a toy that is a little more complex.

A tablet computer or smartphone will provide the antique-minded feline an opportunity to practice his or her history. (I believe I have mentioned their technological advancements?) Experimenting with our “outdated” technology is an entertaining pastime for many, I hear. Thankfully, my cats fail to show interest in that direction.

I rather like my phone just the way it is.

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