Takes so little to entertain the cats

@ElicBxn (60895)
United States
July 3, 2011 7:56am CST
As I have said in the past, the front room in my house is a "cat free zone". Well, I try to keep it cat free, I do have some that have worked out how to get in, either by dashing in when we open the door, or slipping in on the screen door's back swing. But, helpful beasts that they are, they have done some significant damage to the screen door. That, and being hit by things on the bottom panel, means it has not worn well the last 5 years. The OTHER roommate put tape on the bottom panel but never really took the time to look at the panel, or lacked the intelligence to know what she was seeing - tho there might be some vision issues there, not being able to see up close real well... ANYWAY, the duct tape on the bottom panel was losing grip and the gap was opening up again, so the roomie decided today was the day to fix it - she probably had a point... We find the tape, gather a scissor, a pair of pliers and we get to work. The roomie takes a chair to one side of the door, I get a chair for the other and after clearing the old tape off the panel (because the other roommate never did a good job of that either) we started working. There's a little groove where the panel goes, I slip the bottom into that groove and slide it over, trying to fit the one side into the remaining groove on the one side. Then I tape the top of the panel to the door. Do the one side without the groove, and finally do the bottom and the other side. With the roomie holding the door closed while I worked, it allowed us to get some pretty good pressure on the tape for a good seal. We also decided to take the screen off the door, since it is all torn up anyway. So, I pull up the glass and stupidly left it kind of sitting propped on the door handle no longer in the door properly. I pull off one spline and then yank on another. The glass panel tilts and falls. I'm wasn't bright to leave it where I had, but I was smart enough to drop everything and grab the glass! "Good SAVE!" the roomie exclaimed. I set it on my lap and finish pulling off the one side and top splines, but the other spline was stubborn. The roomie grabbed the screening and yanked it so I finally got the rest of the spline out. The screen got dropped on the floor along with that first spline I dropped to catch the glass. I then put the glass panel back in place. Then, picked up the spline but left the screen because Rygel was sitting on it. By the time we had put the scissors, pliers, tape and both chairs away, Rygel was laying on the screen and playing with it. Since this ISN'T metal screening, but some kind of fabric like screen, we left it for him because, as the roomie said: "It takes so little to entertain the cats." What sort of small entertainment do your pets find?
5 people like this
16 responses
@umabharti (3976)
• India
4 Jul 11
How is that to manage cats in a home.I have cats too,however how can i teach them that they should not spoil the home.The male cats mainly do spoiling all the places inside and outside. How all of you maintain them.I would wish to learn from u all about this management of cats at home. We do not have sand or mud anywhere in front of the home so the cats should go out of the gate and this will get the dogs kill the cats so the cats fear to go out.They go up on to the terrace the big ones but the small ones are not yet used to it. Now as its the rainy season how i can manage my home to keep it neat and clean.I have more than ten of them.
3 people like this
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
4 Jul 11
neutering the cats, especially the male cats, does a lot to stop them from the spraying, and even if they do continue to spray, it doesn't smell as bad! spaying the females also cuts down on the strange males coming around and stinking up the place
1 person likes this
@umabharti (3976)
• India
4 Jul 11
Yes i do agree with u , the cats do this for a very special reason.The out side cats will not enter the area of these and these will be showing the way , so only cats can return back home if they get away from the pet owner. Its my experience many times with the cats , how much long they go they will come back . They have this habit that they make a dig and then close it.They have good habits not like dogs.They themselves go and do their work.They understand the feelings and if we show anger they definetly will understand that too. How can i make my home managed to be neat and tidy as well as with cats.
3 people like this
@GreenMoo (11842)
3 Jul 11
I've got three kittens at the moment and couldn't work out why they kept jumping up at the wall whilst i was reading a book in bed. Finally I worked out that they were chasing the shadow of my hair moving on the wall!
2 people like this
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
3 Jul 11
hey, beats the cat that jumped at the non-existent window! At least they had shadows to chase!
2 people like this
@GardenGerty (102616)
• United States
3 Jul 11
@GreenMoo, that is cute. @Elic, that same cat, after riding cross country to get to my family house was so excited to get out of the car. She was not a big cat and not full grown either. My mom had an open top tea kettle about 3 quart size, that she would water her plants with. Butterfly ran into the house, straight through it, and jumped into the kettle, which was funny enough. She then proceeded to stick one paw up through the spout. I used to have pictures of it. She would also jump in this floral glass container that was just about the size of a six inch flower pot and would make it roll around.. I guess Tiger knew I was responding to cat discussions this morning. We are on the porch, and he spotted someone walking a dog. Suddenly he rushes up, hides behind the lattice and squats into attack mode. There is no way he would really attack, but he wanted me to know he was ready.
2 people like this
@GardenGerty (102616)
• United States
3 Jul 11
Since I grew up with cats we have past entertainment to consider as well. When I lived in California, like any cat person, I got a cat. When hubby went overseas, I drove back to Okla. to live with my parents. My kitty had had two or three little red sponge rubber balls for toys, and she would fetch and carry them. My dad had brought tomato plants inside so the small fruit would ripen. Sure enough, as soon as they would turn red, the cat would pick them and carry them. I know they do not see color as such but they do see color frequency. My two blond cats truly believe that they must be within a foot of me any time I am in the room. Creamery is just positive I want countless hugs and kisses. Tiger will play with any loose scrap of lace or such that he can find, and it amazes me how young he thinks he is.
2 people like this
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
3 Jul 11
oh my! That sounds cute! I'm sure your dad was less than thrilled tho! If I step foot out of the front room I have a train of cats. The roomie always says that she might have 1 or 2 cats sleeping in her room, I come in and suddenly she's mobbed!
2 people like this
@GardenGerty (102616)
• United States
3 Jul 11
1 person likes this
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
6 Jul 11
I am usually my little dog's entertainment..lol. If I am cleaning house, she just follows and stares at me..LOL. She also like to steal my clothes while I'm at work...anything she can carry and find to her bed and pays and rolls on it. She is silly.
2 people like this
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
6 Jul 11
Yeah, dogs do like to take things that smell like you back and sleep with them, generally after they also make them smell like them - I often find cats sleeping in my dirty clothes hamper
1 person likes this
@allknowing (69542)
• India
5 Jul 11
Preiti with her toys - Our hall becomes a playground for Preiti specially later evenings.
I have about 2 dozen tennis balls which my pet Preiti plays with tossing them about and expecting me to pick them up for her. She also runs around with her towel which I use to wipe her practically daily as it is now raining. And when she is in a frisky mood she will pick up anythig that she finds makes us chase her but never destroys anything. I she spots a cat in the garden they will be chasing each other. It takes so little to entertain Preiti.
2 people like this
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
5 Jul 11
sounds like she has a good time with whatever is around!
1 person likes this
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
5 Jul 11
I think you and I are the busiest people I know! LOL We're always into something or so it seems. Our cats come and go so they're constantly entertaining themselves but one is hillarious to watch and that is Big Boy and Sassy. They chase leaves and imaginary what ever it is they're chasing. LOL Then they'll all of the sudden run half way up a tree! We just shake our heads and laugh at their antics because they're nuts! Silly funny and nutty!
2 people like this
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
5 Jul 11
yeah... the cats keep us on our toes, that's for sure!
1 person likes this
@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
4 Jul 11
Nah...the best I can get from Minnie these days is when she's decided I've been on the 'puter long enough, thank you, & hops up to nibble on my fingers 'til I get tired of stopping her & get up. Hey. Mom. MOM. Pet the cat. PET THE CAT pet the CAT awreddy, Mom; don't you know that's in YOUR job description!? PET THE CAT??? And so...I get up & do my duty. The other half of my duties is to be SURE I give her a daily kitty treat at 7 A.M. She's more accurate than any alarm clock! No, all the really entertaining flealines are living over at your place. And boy, do I miss them! Maggiepie “I don’t give people Hell. I give them the truth & they think it’s Hell.” ~ Harry S. Truman, U.S. president
1 person likes this
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
4 Jul 11
Minnie does seem to have a market on PITA doesn't she?
1 person likes this
@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
5 Jul 11
People Ingesting Tasty Animals? Pets Insane Tricks Abound? Poindexter Is Truly Awesome? Pets Insist They're Awesome? What?? What is the acronym standing for???? Maggiepie "We shall have world government whether or not you like it - by conquest or consent." ~ James Warburg, son of Paul Warburg (member of Roosevelt's "brain trust," & founder of Council on Foreign Relations), to Senate Foreign Relations Committee
1 person likes this
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
5 Jul 11
"Pain In The A.."
• United States
8 Jul 11
i just had to replace a screen myself yesterday.although in this case the cats were innocent.more like one 46 yr old clumsy brother. um..they have this cardboard paper ring that came off the back of a sink seal they've been playing with.you can throw it like a frisbee,so,hours of fun for them. *sigh* paper,string,boxes..i told them if they didn't start playing with the "good" toys,i was going to donate them to the shelter kittens
1 person likes this
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
8 Jul 11
only "good" toys they ever liked were balls, and Oliver likes the poofs, so I just got him some craft poofs and store a few in catnip
@anklesmash (1416)
7 Jul 11
My cat absolutely loves playing with pens or pencils she often tries to catch them when i am writing with them and i sometimes wave one above her head for her to try and catch and if there is one on the floor she will chase it around for ages.She also really likes computer keyboards she would much rather sleep on one than her bed usually when you are trying to type on it.She has got a proper cat toy a fish on a stick for her to chase but being awkward like a typical cat never plays with it.
1 person likes this
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
8 Jul 11
I had a cat who stashed pens and pencils under an area rug we had when I was younger and had better behaved cats. He also liked straws and would pull them out of cups when he could do it.
• Canada
7 Jul 11
Ever tried to stuff a pinata when the cat is around? I made the mistake of pouring the stuffing out all over the bed, to put in a small handfull at a time, but the dang cat jumped right into the pile, started rolling around in it, and tossing it up in the air. LOL AARRGGHH!!! I almost stuck him in the pinata, haha
1 person likes this
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
7 Jul 11
actually, the secret is a bowl, put the candy in a bowl and keep the bowl away from the cats, or a certain obsessive/compulsive person who will want to put one of each kind in the pinata after the candy has already been mixed up! Took her hours to do what should've taken 20 minutes!
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
4 Jul 11
For me yes the cat is more useful they can help you throughout the day to make you companion and of them being friend.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
4 Jul 11
I am their companion and not the other way around. I feed them, pet them, keep them in water and other entertainment, and they sleep on me, just a kitty bed for them!
@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
4 Jul 11
A few months ago, I attempted to make square yoyos. I sewed around the square and drew up the thread, making a kind of puff ball that was pretty square when it was flattened and the corners were pulled. It didn't satisfy me and was too mch trouble, so I just threw it in the sewing box I keep by my chair. Our cat came over to investigate the box, as he does every now. He spied the yoyo and grabbed it. He played with that yoyo, wrestling with it, throwing it up in the air and catching it, and other shenanigans for a couple of weeks. Now it just sits in his toy box being ignored along with the rest of his toys.
1 person likes this
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
4 Jul 11
isn't that always the case? The only reliable toy is that Oliver just LOVES poofs!
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
3 Jul 11
They're like kids. You can buy them all kinds of expensive toys but what do they play with? The boxes the toys came in and the bags the boxes were in. I've thrown a large rubber band down on the floor in front of my cat and you'd have thought it was the best thing that could have happened to him. He immediately pounced on the rubber band and played with it for a good 15 minutes before his attention was diverted elsewhere. (ALL cats have ADD. ) Good job on the door, by the way, and I just have to say it as well... Good save!
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
4 Jul 11
That may be, UNLESS it annoys another! Taj can pull on Maggie's phone cord or the rubber band on her trash can for HOURS probably just because it annoys her! Heck, we had a rubber band around a couple of things in the roomie's room for over a year before Taj discovered it, and after waking her up one night, that was "all she wrote" about it!
@bunnybon7 (37461)
• Holiday, Florida
3 Jul 11
makes me think so fondly of the days i had cats. i had one that would play fetch like a dog funny thing is, my coco will not play fetch any more. she grabs stuff and goes hide with it like you cant have it back. i think the grandkids in florida ruined that or something. cause she used to play better. maybe her age.
1 person likes this
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
4 Jul 11
That may be, the dog I grew up with never learned to retrieve, she'd get the toy/bone but run away. Could be the grandkids did ruin it.
@marie2052 (3697)
• United States
3 Jul 11
OH Geez girl what a day you had! My cats are always after my skeins of yarn as I am trying to knit. I will bat them away but they come back so now I just throw the roll on the floor and let them play with it while I am knitting with the other end LOL It keeps them intertained as I accomplish something too! If my son ever moves out his cat will go with him. Then I will only have Tink But for now I have two and what one doesnt think of the other one sure will1
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
4 Jul 11
and that was before 10 a.m.! I guess you are kinder to your cats than I am, they were never allowed to get close to my yarn! And I pretty much always craft away from them, they like to spill beads and tangle floss!
@BarBaraPrz (20801)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
3 Jul 11
She plays wit meeses.
1 person likes this
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
3 Jul 11
meeses don't last long around here
2 people like this