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Never ending game of fetch...

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RubbishMantra Sun 11-Jan-15 08:36:18

Anyone else have this? It's very cute, but to be woken up on a Sunday morning by a toy mouse being dropped on my face. Then he demands the game of fetch goes on for what seems like hours.

Worse when he doesn't bring the mouse back, just looks at me expectantly so I feel obliged to fetch it myself. sad

awaywego1 Sun 11-Jan-15 09:35:48

Ha my kitten is exactly the same..she will play fetch with a small squishy ball for hours and trills with delight every time I throw it which only adds to the guilt when I can't be bothered anymore!

cozietoesie Sun 11-Jan-15 09:48:11

Sounds as if they're training you both nicely.


awaywego1 Sun 11-Jan-15 10:10:05

I'm well and truly understand the paw grin

awaywego1 Sun 11-Jan-15 10:10:29


RubbishMantra Sun 11-Jan-15 10:30:57

I dunno, I'm well and truly understand the paw seems most apt.

mimiasovitch Sun 11-Jan-15 10:44:50

My cat does that, but with used cotton buds from the bathroom bin,or as it was morning, one if those twisty tie things, that hold folks in impenetrable packaging. The game can go on for hours. At least in your case it's a toy mouse. It could've far worse wink

RubbishMantra Sun 11-Jan-15 11:25:21

And drinking straws (which are really difficult to throw) and random bits of plastic and metal. Sometimes bits of moss from the garden. confused

RubbishMantra Sun 11-Jan-15 11:26:37

Oh, and a live frog and a dead mouse. Forgot about them.

awaywego1 Sun 11-Jan-15 14:01:12

They've no shame when it comes to fetch have they? Mines absolute favourite thing to play fetch with is the spongey ear plugs..she's been known to pluck them out of my ears in order to get a game shock

givemushypeasachance Mon 12-Jan-15 10:55:53

One of my parents' cats did this with tied up crisp packets and plastic drinks lids that he'd fish out of wastepaper bins - he loved a good game of fetch!

Rolo is obsessed with chasing boinks - I've got laminate flooring in the living room so they skitter nicely, and if they have the ends poked in then they roll really well and he can entertain himself for a while. Until they all inevitably get batted under furniture. I've actually blocked up under a set of cupboards since that can't be moved easily, but I have to shift the sofas or root around under them with a fishing rod toy to rescue all the lost boinks at least once a day!

RubbishMantra Mon 12-Jan-15 16:28:49

Cat plucking earplugs out of the actual ears! shock

I keep searching for Boinks online. MKitten would just scuttle them into his secret lair though. He's hidden at least 15 squeaky mice and about 100 straws there, apparently never to be seen again.

givemushypeasachance Mon 12-Jan-15 23:57:44

Pet Planet is the cheapest place I've seen them online but only worth it if you're ordering other food or stuff because otherwise you get comparatively huge postage costs. You can get them in physical Hawkins Bazaar stores but they're £1 or 75p I think each there.

If you want to be boink dealer to all the neighbourhood cats you can get a sweet shop style jar of 100 on Amazon - I vaguely covet that, even though it's ridiculous! (And they'd somehow still all disappear under the sofas/my bed/god knows where...)

givemushypeasachance Tue 13-Jan-15 00:00:25

btw if you're still not quite sure what a boink really is, check out this video of a cat going typically bonkers with them!

RubbishMantra Tue 13-Jan-15 12:16:06

Just ordered some from Amazon, not the giant sweetie-jar though...but I must say I was tempted!

The Bengal kitten in the youtube clip clearly thinks Boinks are The Best Thing Ever!

mimiasovitch Tue 13-Jan-15 21:08:12

They look fantastic! I will have to treat cat2 ( cat1 barely moves. Lazy sod).

givemushypeasachance Tue 13-Jan-15 23:08:46

In the spirit of those recommendations that say "if you like X then have you tried Y" - my boys also like chasing around these spring toys I got cheap from Purrs in Our Hearts when I ordered a Flying Frenzy and was making an order up to free postage cost, but Amazon has them here. Again laminate flooring is a plus as they skitter nicely - I was worried at first about them poking themselves in the eye or something, but the ends are quite blunt and haven't had any problems in the six months they've had them.

And Rolo isn't too interested but Monty loves little pom pom balls for some reason - I get scented ones from ebay usually, had to order a few because they get pretty grotty especially when he licks them. Kwayzekatz does catnip, valerian and honeysuckle ones.

RubbishMantra Wed 14-Jan-15 00:58:59

I had a look at those springy toys Peas, but was also slightly worried in case of spring related injury.

I love Purrs In Our Hearts, but regretted ordering the valerian prawn toy - it smelt like smelly feet rubbed in gorgonzola then fermented for a few years. I couldn't keep it because the smell that greeted me when I walked in the door was just awful. MKitten loved it though, so there was much guilt when I had to get rid.

givemushypeasachance Wed 14-Jan-15 09:37:28

Valerian is definitely quite a "funky" smell anyway - I drink valerian tea sometimes to help me sleep, and when I first tried it I had to force it down because it tasted terrible! After a few mugs I got used to it and now rather like it. I guess the different strengths and formulations must vary so the prawn could have been from a particularly cheesey batch! grin

RubbishMantra Thu 15-Jan-15 16:01:20

Got the Boinks, and they are a Big Hit in the Mantra household! Thanks for the tip peas smile

They need a lot of entertaining at the moment, because they've deemed it too cold outside. Except for last night when MCat sneaked out the window, and I had to go searching for him in gale-like weather. At 11pm. hmm

They are now tearing about the house chasing each other and knocking everything over instead of playing with the boinks though. Idiots.

TheGMF Thu 15-Jan-15 21:49:46

Ooh - I'm very interested in the boinks. A couple of questions - how prone to destruction are they and do they work on carpet?

givemushypeasachance Thu 15-Jan-15 22:16:48

Ahh the boinks have just got them riled up and then wrestling and tag seems more fun, obviously! grin Glad they're a hit anyway!

TheGMF - I haven't had one destroyed yet, even if plenty have disappeared to the mysterious Land of Lost Cat Toys. My boys like chewing some toys and have ripped open a Kong Kicker, as example, but they don't seem as interested in chewing the boinks just chasing and juggling them - it's a fairly fine mesh so if they wanted to it would probably start to rip fairly easily. And if one started to seriously fray then I'd chuck it out so they didn't swallow any strands, but at 39p each I don't worry about the cost of them too much!

They do roll a bit on carpet, it's just obviously easier and they go further on hard floors. Turning the ends in to make them into little diablo shaped tubes makes them roll the best, rather than leaving them "flat". But you can still spring them on any surface - compress them and send them shooting across the room to be chased. I did that outside in the summer on the lawn which was very popular!

RubbishMantra Fri 16-Jan-15 06:48:10

MKitten is a particularly fine juggler. Watching Cat Juggling never fails to bring a smile to my face. grin

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