Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Whisker Toy




Angel's new favorite toy...is one of her spent whiskers!  I put my finger on the fat end of it, and twirl it around inside the box.  Angel jumps at it, bats at it, tries to chew it, and seems to really enjoy herself.  When I stop moving it around, the cat settles back down and doesn't bother with it.  How weird it that!

Another spent whisker story: in one of my favorite books, "A Cat Named Darwin: How a Stray Cat Changed a Man into a Human Being" by William Jordan, the author fondly tells of a time that he narrowly avoided disaster when he chose to tickle Darwin's foot with a spent cat whisker.  The cat was sleeping, and the man tickled and poked at paw pads with only the whisker, until he suddenly found himself in a cat death grip, with front paws wrapped around his hand, back legs poised for arm evisceration, and mouth clamped on fingers.  Darwin the cat did not break the skin, but his posture meant business!  Quickly cooing and coaxing to convince the cat to let go, the author dropped that whisker and was released, but he learned a valuable lesson about tickling his sleeping cat!

9 comments:

  1. Oh yeah, nobody gets their point across better than a hissed off feline.

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  2. guys....de food servizz gurl all wayz saves whiskerz.....her sayz they bee a sigh oh best fishes ♥♥♥

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  3. The best toys are the ones that are never expected to be toys.

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  4. my Angel Bobo used to LOVE to play with his "spent" whiskers! catchatwithcarenandcody

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  5. Now there's a free toy we haven't tried!

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  6. Spent whisker sure makes a fun, all-natural toy :-)

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  7. Kitties surprise us with what they make into toys! I love finding spent whiskers of our kitties. :-)

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  8. Those stories are too funny! I don't think I've ever seen one of my kitties play with their whiskers.

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