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Mexican Jumping Beans

post #1 of 21
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The Mrs. and I were talking about how we enjoy watching our cats play. Mexican Jumping Beans came up in discussion. Although we can't get them until June we're wondering if they will be safe fro our cats. I bet they would have a ball batting them around!
post #2 of 21
Considering that it's just a little larvae in a bean, I can't see how it would harm a cat... though cats may try to eat the beans.
post #3 of 21
Man, I can't remember the last time I saw any of those!
post #4 of 21
Hmmm I'm not sure if they would work well. Usually they only really jump if they are kept warm in your hands - can't really see them "jumping" on the floor unless you warm them up and then put them down in front of the cat.
post #5 of 21
I don't honestly thing I've ever seen one. I know Mooch and Noodles would try to eat it.

This thread made me think of my RB girl Glory . Her nickname was Beans because when she was a kitten the littlest things would startle her and she'd jump straight up in the air. Like a Jumping Bean Mom always said. I miss her.
post #6 of 21
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Man, I can't remember the last time I saw any of those!


The last time I saw them was when I was still a kid, and we took a trip to Baja California. That was almost 40 years ago!

I'll bet it would be a real hoot to watch the cats playing with those things!

I wonder if they can be ordered online?
post #7 of 21
I'd be afraid a kitty might choke on a bean, or that swallowing one might allow the worms to infest the kitty's innards! Blecch!
post #8 of 21
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I'd be afraid a kitty might choke on a bean, or that swallowing one might allow the worms to infest the kitty's innards! Blecch!
I'm quite sure that a cat can't get moths.
post #9 of 21
......I don´t think exist yet!....
post #10 of 21
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I'd be afraid a kitty might choke on a bean, or that swallowing one might allow the worms to infest the kitty's innards! Blecch!
I thought about that too, but if I did get any, I would just supervise the cats, and take the beans away from them while not in use.

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......I don´t think exist yet!....
Hey Rigel! You live in Mexico: you wanna send me some?
post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by KittKatt View Post
Hey Rigel! You live in Mexico: you wanna send me some?
so should I to research about it!...
post #12 of 21
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so should I to research about it!...

Nah - you don't have to go to that trouble. I can probably find them online somewhere.
post #13 of 21
Seriously, at least here in Yucatan never seen before!..........
that would be a insteresting fact about it my friend!...
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post #15 of 21
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Seriously, at least here in Yucatan never seen before!..........
that would be a insteresting fact about it my friend!...
Rigel, I had Mexican jumping beans to play with when I was little. I can't believe you have never heard of them!


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After reading about them, I don't know if I would give them to a cat. The site said that the beans are not safe for children under 4.
post #16 of 21
I think you can find some at either a toy store or novelity shop. When I managed a toy store, we did sell them but that was years ago.
post #17 of 21
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Rigel, I had Mexican jumping beans to play with when I was little. I can't believe you have never heard of them!



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After reading about them, I don't know if I would give them to a cat. The site said that the beans are not safe for children under 4.
Well, as I mentioned previously, if I do decide to get some, the cats would be supervised while playing with them.
post #18 of 21
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Well, as I mentioned previously, if I do decide to get some, the cats would be supervised while playing with them.
It would be interesting this research....I mean to document by a Video......
post #19 of 21
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It would be interesting this research....I mean to document by a Video......
First you have to buy the jumping beans, Rigel.
post #20 of 21
Thread Starter 
I remember they would just kind of "snap" and the seed would rock a bit. The snap was audible. I imagine the cats sprawled out on a hot summers day, You put the seeds down, first the ears go to work then of coarse they'd be slapping them around. I bet they would work good under a blanket on the floor where the cat has to listen and figure out where the bean is. The cat would pounce and retry as it hears other beans. I bet it would be a hoot. Then back in the refrigerator. The beans of coarse... I have opened the refrigerator and found a cat before. Finally after a few years Beau stopped trying to sneak into the fridge.
post #21 of 21
.....oh my!... what history...
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