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My cat is crazy

post #1 of 21
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My youngest cat, Juno, is a 9 mo. old feral. She has had a very subdued attitude. All she ever did is lay around and run and hide when someone came into the house. I've had her 5 months and we're making progress. She now plays and somewhat does kitty things. Her latest is playing with a pull tab from a vitamin bottle and a yellow ring from a milk jug. No other colored one will do, just the yellow. The last few days she had been dropping them deliberately in her water bowl. She'll fish them out and drop them in again immediately. I have seen her shake the water off her paw and change to the other dry paw. She also loves the turbo scratcher. She'll drop one of the above toys into the ring, push the ball and when it hits the toy, she'll push the ball in the other direction. I don't understand the water bowl behavior. She is such a sweet kitty and I'm thrilled she is making progress.
post #2 of 21
It's good to hear that someone else's cat plays with the milk rings. With mine I have to leave it out for him to find or he won't play with it. If I give it to him he turns up his nose and walks away.
post #3 of 21
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Originally Posted by heddafish View Post
It's good to hear that someone else's cat plays with the milk rings. With mine I have to leave it out for him to find or he won't play with it. If I give it to him he turns up his nose and walks away.
Our kitties absolutely LOVE the milk jug rings....we've got a million of them all over the house....they throw them up and chase after them....I step on them all over the house.
post #4 of 21
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Our kitties absolutely LOVE the milk jug rings....we've got a million of them all over the house....they throw them up and chase after them....I step on them all over the house.
We have them around the house too. Tomas loves to randomly bring them to me to play fetch but they're too small for him to see if I do throw one.

He also likes dropping pieces of food in the water bowl, only he doesn't try to get them out. Just watches them fall. .. I think it's a bit like young children playing in the toilet, flushing things to see what happens.
post #5 of 21
I find them in the hallway outside the door to my apartment, apparently her carries them down the inside stair and kicks them under the door into the hallway. My neighbors must think I am a slob.
post #6 of 21
My Gracie loves the milk jug rings too, but since we brought Elliott into the family I had to throw them all away.
Elliott thought he should not only play with them but bite them in half and try to eat them.

Poor Gracie, she can't have her favorite toys any more.
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by heddafish View Post
I find them in the hallway outside the door to my apartment, apparently her carries them down the inside stair and kicks them under the door into the hallway. My neighbors must think I am a slob.


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Originally Posted by Graciecat View Post
Poor Gracie, she can't have her favorite toys any more.
Is there anything larger and more solid that's ring shaped for her to play with? Maybe the inner loop off an embroidery hoop, I think the smaller ones are only $1. They come in wood, metal, and plastic.
post #8 of 21
I don't think that would work, she likes to carry them around and stack them in the bathtub....I think even the smallest hoop might still be to big.

I don't know what these things are called, but my son used to have a set of them when he was younger...they're these snap together plastic oblong shaped rings...they're small enough and I don't think Elliott could chew through them.
I'm going to have to go down to the basement and check in all the packed away stuff to see if we still have them.

Trouble is my Son is three and I just have visions of him thinking "those were my toys, Gracie can't have them."
post #9 of 21
By now you must realize that your cat is NOT crazy since the milk top cap thing sounds pretty universal. And they slide so nice on the floor. I know this because I had the occasion to move my fridge out just the other day and it looks like hockey games have been going on during the day when I was out.
post #10 of 21
One morning I came down and there was a dead mouse in the cats' water bowl. I'm pretty sure one of them put it there for a snack later in the day.
Another funny story, when I was young my mom's pearls went missing for part of the day. We found them at the cat's food dish (he loved playing with pearls).
post #11 of 21
AHHHHHHHHHHH MILK RINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Those are Karmas favorite toy. She never really plays with any thing else. She even growls if we try to take then away. She has every color in the book. I work at a grocery store and when milk is spoiled and dummped I take the rings. Her favorite are the brown, blue and yellow. She has about 200 now. They all have different reaction time. Some are soft and those are for catch. The stiff ones are better for tosing because they bounce. Then there are the medium ones. They are the best for laying on.
post #12 of 21
Aw it sounds like you are making great progress.

And I dont know many cats that dont love those milk rings!
post #13 of 21
I found another great toy for cats. You know how the dryer eats your socks and you have mis-matches. Well what I did is bought some catnip and poured it into the toe and tied the open end in a knot. My cats love it and it recycles missing socks and is cheaper then the 5 dollar cat toys at the store. Thinner women's socks work the best. Tubes socks are too thick.
An yone else ever try this?
post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by Fred&Nermal View Post
One morning I came down and there was a dead mouse in the cats' water bowl. I'm pretty sure one of them put it there for a snack later in the day.
I would freak right out if I found that. One of my biggest fears is my cats getting a mouse and only half-killing it, leaving it for me to deal with. Luckily I live on the second floor of an apartment building so I think it's unlikely any mice-critters will find their way up here, but I still live in fear...
post #15 of 21
Elliott loves his pair of old rolled up socks.
He hunts and "Kills" them at least 10 times a day

I don't put catnip in them though.
As odd as this may sound I think my Lizzie is allergic to catnip.
I gave it to her and Gracie once and all Lizzie did was sneeze and cough and her eyes got really watery.
I got rid of the catnip and Lizzie was fine.
post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by Pekoe & Nigel View Post
I would freak right out if I found that. One of my biggest fears is my cats getting a mouse and only half-killing it, leaving it for me to deal with. Luckily I live on the second floor of an apartment building so I think it's unlikely any mice-critters will find their way up here, but I still live in fear...
Our kitties protect us....we live in the country and voles, mice and moles come into our house....they are pretty good at killing things....although this one time Beard was playing with one and when I noticed what it was....it was still alive....I turned around and walked away like I didn't see it.... I didn't want to clean it up while it was still breathing....he brought it to me a short time later....I've waken up in the morning to them on our floor (dead of course) I always praise them....the preen and love the attention they get....
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by furry4fury View Post
Our kitties protect us....we live in the country and voles, mice and moles come into our house....they are pretty good at killing things....although this one time Beard was playing with one and when I noticed what it was....it was still alive....I turned around and walked away like I didn't see it.... I didn't want to clean it up while it was still breathing....he brought it to me a short time later....I've waken up in the morning to them on our floor (dead of course) I always praise them....the preen and love the attention they get....
Awww... I had an out door cat growing up and he always brought us half-dead 'presents'
The OP owns a cat- all catsa have a touch of madness imho
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by silentNate View Post
Awww... I had an out door cat growing up and he always brought us half-dead 'presents'
The OP owns a cat- all catsa have a touch of madness imho
Our kitties are all indoor....that's the funniest part of all....Darcey I got at 8 so I'm not sure of her upbringing....Orange was 6 weeks when I got him, Beard was also 6 weeks and Precious was 5 months...not sure of her upbringing to that point...although with her being a stray and how skinny she was not sure there....
My friend let her cat out in the city and use to complain to me that he would bring home half eaten birds and squirrels...he would draggggg them down her hall carpet..... (at least ours our small presents )
post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by Fred&Nermal View Post
One morning I came down and there was a dead mouse in the cats' water bowl. I'm pretty sure one of them put it there for a snack later in the day...
Maybe -- or maybe he was letting it steep for tea!

My kitties love the little plastic color-coded rings that come on the medicine bottles from Target Pharmacy... and some shower curtain rings can be fun, too.
post #20 of 21
You should try bubbles. They sell them catnip flavored and non-toxic. Morty loves them. He can't wait for me to blow more so he can investigate where they pop.
post #21 of 21
Thread Starter 
Its great to find out all kitties are crazy, thanks for all the replies. I'm going to try the catnip in the sock for my cats. My other cat, Sweetie loves to play fetch with her favorite toy mouse. She makes me throw it and then brings it back and I have to throw it for her again. This can go on for some time until she gets tired and won't fetch anymore. She especially likes it when I throw it up or down stairs. If I give up when she brings it to me she will meow and reach up to me as if to say more. I really like that she is getting exercise out of this game. I had to put foam on the bottom side of the fridge because the milk rings would go under and then I'd have to try to fish them out. The foam strip stops that part of their play at least.
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