The head peep is away at a conference this week. She is there with thousands of veterinarians. We hope that doesn’t make her come home smelling like the vet’s office! No one likes it when someone else in the house smells like that.
While she is at the conference, we are resting up, since we don’t have cat duties to perform for her.
Soon enough Pierre will have to help with the computer.
And Newton will need inspect all incoming parcels.
In the meantime, we’re kind of enjoying being off duty for a few days!
You know the look. It’s the cat expression that says, “I don’t have anything to play with.” What can you do? With some simple items you have in your house already, you can make a new toy.
All you need is the cardboard core of a toilet paper roll, a pair of scissors, and a pen.
Use your pent to mark where you plan to cut. The old saying is measure twice, cut once. I made marks 1/4″ apart.
Use your scissors to cut the tube at the pen marks. I found it easiest to start the cuts if I pinched the tube flat temporarily so I could make one cut across and have a clean segment of the tube.
You can see in the photo below that the cardboard hoops I cut off the tube still look a little pinched from when I cut them.
Put one of the cardboard hoops through another one.
Then add another.
Slide a fourth cardboard hoop around the outside of the other three and wiggle them around, if necessary, to make your ball.
It sounds easy, doesn’t it? But the important part is whether it helps with cat boredom.
Newton, on the other hand, disassembled the ball immediately. He is into destructiviest art.
If you have a cat like Newton, you could use some non-toxic glue to hold the ball together when your kitty starts playing rough with it. But it’s easy to reassemble again so there’s more fun.
Now you’ll never be out of cat toys again, no matter how many are lost forever under the refrigerator! Have you ever made a cat toy out of something you had around the house?
Newton: That’s a nice spot under the cat tree, Pierre. Why don’t you get out of the way and let me sit there?
Pierre: You can sit here when I’m done with it. I’ll come wake you up.
Newton: I’m awake now. I think you should move, Pierre.
Newton: I’ll give you until the count of three. One… two….
Pierre: HEY! What happened to three?
Newton: I’ll show you some three!
Pierre: No fair hiding behind the cat tree!
Newton: You mean you want me to come around HERE?
Newton: Tag! You’re it!
Pierre: Yeah, I’m outta here.
Newton: Hey, where’d you go? This was just getting fun!