THE SPARKY REPORT #11

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FETCH, SPARKY!

I think Sparky Tabasco is hanging around the dog too much. She has become quite the ball chaser and
fetcher. It began innocently enough. One day I wadded up a ball of paper and tossed it toward the wastepaper basket. I missed, and Sparky pounced on it, then batted it all over the house with great
SparkyFetch enthusiasm. The next time I wadded up another paper ball, she watched me eagerly, so I threw it toward her. She became a wild woman, batting and pouncing on the ball like a demented ferret. Then, surprisingly, she brought it to me and dropped it at my feet. I obligingly threw it for her again. She barreled after it and once more dropped it at my feet.

Now, whenever Sparky hears the crinkle of paper being wadded into a ball, she comes running, eager for a game of fetch. And just like a dog, when she sees me cock my arm to throw the ball, she's already racing across the floor to intercept it.

SPARKY'S STASH


Wadded up paper balls aren't the only thing Sparky plays with. I took a picture of all the Sparky toys I picked up off the floor today before vacuuming: bottle caps, pencils, saftey pins, Q-tips, pot scrubber, a Triscuit cracker, hair clips, binder clips, rubber bands, grocery store coupon, dental floss container . . . to name a few. They were spread throughout the house, and yes, some of her toys could be dangerous, like safety pins and screws. But these are items Sparky stole when my back was turned. I didn't give them to her.

SparkyStash

WHAT ABOUT YOUR KITTIES?

If you're a cat owner, or a former cat owner, did your cat fetch? Did he/she have a special toy that was a favorite? An unusual toy? Did your cat steal items off your desk or kitchen counter?

70 thoughts on “THE SPARKY REPORT #11”

  1. Little Man, aka Garth, likes these:
    http://goo.gl/Kze7gY
    Of course, you can buy them in single four packs, but he carries them everywhere and will pounce in my lap and drop them for me to toss. And at 5am, when I’m trying to get the DH out the door for work, he lays on his side and waits for me to dig them all out from under the stove, occasionally meowing to remind me he’s there.
    He also likes milk jug rings, toilet paper cardboard rolls (he shreds those!) Mr. Red Dot, the laser pointer, bugs and the leaves and other detritus that collects in the wood sling we use for the fireplace. OH! And my daughter’s contact lens case which really slides on the wood floors 🙂
    But he loves his fuzzies best.

    Reply
  2. Little Man, aka Garth, likes these:
    http://goo.gl/Kze7gY
    Of course, you can buy them in single four packs, but he carries them everywhere and will pounce in my lap and drop them for me to toss. And at 5am, when I’m trying to get the DH out the door for work, he lays on his side and waits for me to dig them all out from under the stove, occasionally meowing to remind me he’s there.
    He also likes milk jug rings, toilet paper cardboard rolls (he shreds those!) Mr. Red Dot, the laser pointer, bugs and the leaves and other detritus that collects in the wood sling we use for the fireplace. OH! And my daughter’s contact lens case which really slides on the wood floors 🙂
    But he loves his fuzzies best.

    Reply
  3. Little Man, aka Garth, likes these:
    http://goo.gl/Kze7gY
    Of course, you can buy them in single four packs, but he carries them everywhere and will pounce in my lap and drop them for me to toss. And at 5am, when I’m trying to get the DH out the door for work, he lays on his side and waits for me to dig them all out from under the stove, occasionally meowing to remind me he’s there.
    He also likes milk jug rings, toilet paper cardboard rolls (he shreds those!) Mr. Red Dot, the laser pointer, bugs and the leaves and other detritus that collects in the wood sling we use for the fireplace. OH! And my daughter’s contact lens case which really slides on the wood floors 🙂
    But he loves his fuzzies best.

    Reply
  4. Little Man, aka Garth, likes these:
    http://goo.gl/Kze7gY
    Of course, you can buy them in single four packs, but he carries them everywhere and will pounce in my lap and drop them for me to toss. And at 5am, when I’m trying to get the DH out the door for work, he lays on his side and waits for me to dig them all out from under the stove, occasionally meowing to remind me he’s there.
    He also likes milk jug rings, toilet paper cardboard rolls (he shreds those!) Mr. Red Dot, the laser pointer, bugs and the leaves and other detritus that collects in the wood sling we use for the fireplace. OH! And my daughter’s contact lens case which really slides on the wood floors 🙂
    But he loves his fuzzies best.

    Reply
  5. Little Man, aka Garth, likes these:
    http://goo.gl/Kze7gY
    Of course, you can buy them in single four packs, but he carries them everywhere and will pounce in my lap and drop them for me to toss. And at 5am, when I’m trying to get the DH out the door for work, he lays on his side and waits for me to dig them all out from under the stove, occasionally meowing to remind me he’s there.
    He also likes milk jug rings, toilet paper cardboard rolls (he shreds those!) Mr. Red Dot, the laser pointer, bugs and the leaves and other detritus that collects in the wood sling we use for the fireplace. OH! And my daughter’s contact lens case which really slides on the wood floors 🙂
    But he loves his fuzzies best.

    Reply
  6. Miss Rebecca Marie would never deign to fetch anything and bring it back. She does, however, think she is in deed a dog. She steals their toys, wrestles with them, prefers their food, stands up on her back legs for me to pick her up and adds her ‘meows’ when they get into group barking mode.
    The things she does ‘fetch’ and drop at my feet tend to be creepy, crawly and dead – mice, lizards, frogs, bugs, moths. Shudder!

    Reply
  7. Miss Rebecca Marie would never deign to fetch anything and bring it back. She does, however, think she is in deed a dog. She steals their toys, wrestles with them, prefers their food, stands up on her back legs for me to pick her up and adds her ‘meows’ when they get into group barking mode.
    The things she does ‘fetch’ and drop at my feet tend to be creepy, crawly and dead – mice, lizards, frogs, bugs, moths. Shudder!

    Reply
  8. Miss Rebecca Marie would never deign to fetch anything and bring it back. She does, however, think she is in deed a dog. She steals their toys, wrestles with them, prefers their food, stands up on her back legs for me to pick her up and adds her ‘meows’ when they get into group barking mode.
    The things she does ‘fetch’ and drop at my feet tend to be creepy, crawly and dead – mice, lizards, frogs, bugs, moths. Shudder!

    Reply
  9. Miss Rebecca Marie would never deign to fetch anything and bring it back. She does, however, think she is in deed a dog. She steals their toys, wrestles with them, prefers their food, stands up on her back legs for me to pick her up and adds her ‘meows’ when they get into group barking mode.
    The things she does ‘fetch’ and drop at my feet tend to be creepy, crawly and dead – mice, lizards, frogs, bugs, moths. Shudder!

    Reply
  10. Miss Rebecca Marie would never deign to fetch anything and bring it back. She does, however, think she is in deed a dog. She steals their toys, wrestles with them, prefers their food, stands up on her back legs for me to pick her up and adds her ‘meows’ when they get into group barking mode.
    The things she does ‘fetch’ and drop at my feet tend to be creepy, crawly and dead – mice, lizards, frogs, bugs, moths. Shudder!

    Reply
  11. Ack! I’ve been busy and almost missed the latest Sparky installment!
    Definitely my cats fetch. A previous one longingly watched the dogs playing fetch and when the (now ex) DH and dogs went into the house, he tried and tried to pick the tennis ball up in his mouth. I saw him doing it, so started tossing an aluminum foil ball to him. Yep, he caught it and brought it back. He had two versions: retrieve and return, and kind of like baseball, I’d “pitch” and he’d bat it back. He could do an amazing leap to bat it.
    Andrew hates aluminum foil. Pierce is the retriever now; he likes the rings that go around milk bottles. I roll one to him and he’ll pick it up in his mouth and bring it back to me. It looks really cute flipped up over his nose.
    Be careful of rubber bands – I’ve found them in the litter box if you know what I mean. After the first time, I’ve kept them put away as I’m afraid it could be a nasty surgery otherwise.

    Reply
  12. Ack! I’ve been busy and almost missed the latest Sparky installment!
    Definitely my cats fetch. A previous one longingly watched the dogs playing fetch and when the (now ex) DH and dogs went into the house, he tried and tried to pick the tennis ball up in his mouth. I saw him doing it, so started tossing an aluminum foil ball to him. Yep, he caught it and brought it back. He had two versions: retrieve and return, and kind of like baseball, I’d “pitch” and he’d bat it back. He could do an amazing leap to bat it.
    Andrew hates aluminum foil. Pierce is the retriever now; he likes the rings that go around milk bottles. I roll one to him and he’ll pick it up in his mouth and bring it back to me. It looks really cute flipped up over his nose.
    Be careful of rubber bands – I’ve found them in the litter box if you know what I mean. After the first time, I’ve kept them put away as I’m afraid it could be a nasty surgery otherwise.

    Reply
  13. Ack! I’ve been busy and almost missed the latest Sparky installment!
    Definitely my cats fetch. A previous one longingly watched the dogs playing fetch and when the (now ex) DH and dogs went into the house, he tried and tried to pick the tennis ball up in his mouth. I saw him doing it, so started tossing an aluminum foil ball to him. Yep, he caught it and brought it back. He had two versions: retrieve and return, and kind of like baseball, I’d “pitch” and he’d bat it back. He could do an amazing leap to bat it.
    Andrew hates aluminum foil. Pierce is the retriever now; he likes the rings that go around milk bottles. I roll one to him and he’ll pick it up in his mouth and bring it back to me. It looks really cute flipped up over his nose.
    Be careful of rubber bands – I’ve found them in the litter box if you know what I mean. After the first time, I’ve kept them put away as I’m afraid it could be a nasty surgery otherwise.

    Reply
  14. Ack! I’ve been busy and almost missed the latest Sparky installment!
    Definitely my cats fetch. A previous one longingly watched the dogs playing fetch and when the (now ex) DH and dogs went into the house, he tried and tried to pick the tennis ball up in his mouth. I saw him doing it, so started tossing an aluminum foil ball to him. Yep, he caught it and brought it back. He had two versions: retrieve and return, and kind of like baseball, I’d “pitch” and he’d bat it back. He could do an amazing leap to bat it.
    Andrew hates aluminum foil. Pierce is the retriever now; he likes the rings that go around milk bottles. I roll one to him and he’ll pick it up in his mouth and bring it back to me. It looks really cute flipped up over his nose.
    Be careful of rubber bands – I’ve found them in the litter box if you know what I mean. After the first time, I’ve kept them put away as I’m afraid it could be a nasty surgery otherwise.

    Reply
  15. Ack! I’ve been busy and almost missed the latest Sparky installment!
    Definitely my cats fetch. A previous one longingly watched the dogs playing fetch and when the (now ex) DH and dogs went into the house, he tried and tried to pick the tennis ball up in his mouth. I saw him doing it, so started tossing an aluminum foil ball to him. Yep, he caught it and brought it back. He had two versions: retrieve and return, and kind of like baseball, I’d “pitch” and he’d bat it back. He could do an amazing leap to bat it.
    Andrew hates aluminum foil. Pierce is the retriever now; he likes the rings that go around milk bottles. I roll one to him and he’ll pick it up in his mouth and bring it back to me. It looks really cute flipped up over his nose.
    Be careful of rubber bands – I’ve found them in the litter box if you know what I mean. After the first time, I’ve kept them put away as I’m afraid it could be a nasty surgery otherwise.

    Reply
  16. Louisa, my other cat, Christopher the Assassin, does the same thing as your Miss Rebecca Marie! When I go to pick him up, he stands on his hind feet and raises his arms over his head, like a little toddler asking to be picked up.
    Your kit cat sounds like she’s quite the queen of your household! I laughed when you said she adds her meows when the dogs are barking. Too funny!

    Reply
  17. Louisa, my other cat, Christopher the Assassin, does the same thing as your Miss Rebecca Marie! When I go to pick him up, he stands on his hind feet and raises his arms over his head, like a little toddler asking to be picked up.
    Your kit cat sounds like she’s quite the queen of your household! I laughed when you said she adds her meows when the dogs are barking. Too funny!

    Reply
  18. Louisa, my other cat, Christopher the Assassin, does the same thing as your Miss Rebecca Marie! When I go to pick him up, he stands on his hind feet and raises his arms over his head, like a little toddler asking to be picked up.
    Your kit cat sounds like she’s quite the queen of your household! I laughed when you said she adds her meows when the dogs are barking. Too funny!

    Reply
  19. Louisa, my other cat, Christopher the Assassin, does the same thing as your Miss Rebecca Marie! When I go to pick him up, he stands on his hind feet and raises his arms over his head, like a little toddler asking to be picked up.
    Your kit cat sounds like she’s quite the queen of your household! I laughed when you said she adds her meows when the dogs are barking. Too funny!

    Reply
  20. Louisa, my other cat, Christopher the Assassin, does the same thing as your Miss Rebecca Marie! When I go to pick him up, he stands on his hind feet and raises his arms over his head, like a little toddler asking to be picked up.
    Your kit cat sounds like she’s quite the queen of your household! I laughed when you said she adds her meows when the dogs are barking. Too funny!

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  21. Donna, how fun that you had a cat that could catch balls in the air! She probably enjoyed it immensely. That’s something I haven’t tried with Sparky. She’s so eager to chase a paper ball that when I throw it, she’s already running. I think I’ll have to wait her out until she realizes I haven’t thrown it, and when she comes back I’ll toss it gently to her and see if she catches it.
    Re cats and rubber bands: I don’t leave them lying around for the very reason you mentioned, but Sparky is a master lock picker. She has taught herself how to open my desk drawer where I keep office supplies. That’s where she gets the rubber bands, Q-tips, and other office miscellanea. I use the Q-tips to clean my keyboard, mouse, etc., then toss them into the wastepaper basket, and Sparky has now begun to fish the discarded ones out of the garbage! She’s way too smart for her own good!

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  22. Donna, how fun that you had a cat that could catch balls in the air! She probably enjoyed it immensely. That’s something I haven’t tried with Sparky. She’s so eager to chase a paper ball that when I throw it, she’s already running. I think I’ll have to wait her out until she realizes I haven’t thrown it, and when she comes back I’ll toss it gently to her and see if she catches it.
    Re cats and rubber bands: I don’t leave them lying around for the very reason you mentioned, but Sparky is a master lock picker. She has taught herself how to open my desk drawer where I keep office supplies. That’s where she gets the rubber bands, Q-tips, and other office miscellanea. I use the Q-tips to clean my keyboard, mouse, etc., then toss them into the wastepaper basket, and Sparky has now begun to fish the discarded ones out of the garbage! She’s way too smart for her own good!

    Reply
  23. Donna, how fun that you had a cat that could catch balls in the air! She probably enjoyed it immensely. That’s something I haven’t tried with Sparky. She’s so eager to chase a paper ball that when I throw it, she’s already running. I think I’ll have to wait her out until she realizes I haven’t thrown it, and when she comes back I’ll toss it gently to her and see if she catches it.
    Re cats and rubber bands: I don’t leave them lying around for the very reason you mentioned, but Sparky is a master lock picker. She has taught herself how to open my desk drawer where I keep office supplies. That’s where she gets the rubber bands, Q-tips, and other office miscellanea. I use the Q-tips to clean my keyboard, mouse, etc., then toss them into the wastepaper basket, and Sparky has now begun to fish the discarded ones out of the garbage! She’s way too smart for her own good!

    Reply
  24. Donna, how fun that you had a cat that could catch balls in the air! She probably enjoyed it immensely. That’s something I haven’t tried with Sparky. She’s so eager to chase a paper ball that when I throw it, she’s already running. I think I’ll have to wait her out until she realizes I haven’t thrown it, and when she comes back I’ll toss it gently to her and see if she catches it.
    Re cats and rubber bands: I don’t leave them lying around for the very reason you mentioned, but Sparky is a master lock picker. She has taught herself how to open my desk drawer where I keep office supplies. That’s where she gets the rubber bands, Q-tips, and other office miscellanea. I use the Q-tips to clean my keyboard, mouse, etc., then toss them into the wastepaper basket, and Sparky has now begun to fish the discarded ones out of the garbage! She’s way too smart for her own good!

    Reply
  25. Donna, how fun that you had a cat that could catch balls in the air! She probably enjoyed it immensely. That’s something I haven’t tried with Sparky. She’s so eager to chase a paper ball that when I throw it, she’s already running. I think I’ll have to wait her out until she realizes I haven’t thrown it, and when she comes back I’ll toss it gently to her and see if she catches it.
    Re cats and rubber bands: I don’t leave them lying around for the very reason you mentioned, but Sparky is a master lock picker. She has taught herself how to open my desk drawer where I keep office supplies. That’s where she gets the rubber bands, Q-tips, and other office miscellanea. I use the Q-tips to clean my keyboard, mouse, etc., then toss them into the wastepaper basket, and Sparky has now begun to fish the discarded ones out of the garbage! She’s way too smart for her own good!

    Reply
  26. Artemisia, it must be a polydactyl thing. I’m hearing more and more that polys use their front paws like hands. Sparky certainly does! However, I’ve had non-poly cats that did the same.
    Today while I was brushing my hair in the bathroom, Sparky jumped onto the counter and showed great interest in the sink. Knowing that she’s something of a water freak (she is fascinated by the shower!) I turned on the faucet so that it was just a trickle. Oh my, did she have fun! Like your friend’s cats, Sparky used her paws like hands, poking them in and out of the water, then licking the water off her wet paw. She also learned how to drink sideways from the trickle and not get her ear and face wet. It was fascinating watching her figure it out!

    Reply
  27. Artemisia, it must be a polydactyl thing. I’m hearing more and more that polys use their front paws like hands. Sparky certainly does! However, I’ve had non-poly cats that did the same.
    Today while I was brushing my hair in the bathroom, Sparky jumped onto the counter and showed great interest in the sink. Knowing that she’s something of a water freak (she is fascinated by the shower!) I turned on the faucet so that it was just a trickle. Oh my, did she have fun! Like your friend’s cats, Sparky used her paws like hands, poking them in and out of the water, then licking the water off her wet paw. She also learned how to drink sideways from the trickle and not get her ear and face wet. It was fascinating watching her figure it out!

    Reply
  28. Artemisia, it must be a polydactyl thing. I’m hearing more and more that polys use their front paws like hands. Sparky certainly does! However, I’ve had non-poly cats that did the same.
    Today while I was brushing my hair in the bathroom, Sparky jumped onto the counter and showed great interest in the sink. Knowing that she’s something of a water freak (she is fascinated by the shower!) I turned on the faucet so that it was just a trickle. Oh my, did she have fun! Like your friend’s cats, Sparky used her paws like hands, poking them in and out of the water, then licking the water off her wet paw. She also learned how to drink sideways from the trickle and not get her ear and face wet. It was fascinating watching her figure it out!

    Reply
  29. Artemisia, it must be a polydactyl thing. I’m hearing more and more that polys use their front paws like hands. Sparky certainly does! However, I’ve had non-poly cats that did the same.
    Today while I was brushing my hair in the bathroom, Sparky jumped onto the counter and showed great interest in the sink. Knowing that she’s something of a water freak (she is fascinated by the shower!) I turned on the faucet so that it was just a trickle. Oh my, did she have fun! Like your friend’s cats, Sparky used her paws like hands, poking them in and out of the water, then licking the water off her wet paw. She also learned how to drink sideways from the trickle and not get her ear and face wet. It was fascinating watching her figure it out!

    Reply
  30. Artemisia, it must be a polydactyl thing. I’m hearing more and more that polys use their front paws like hands. Sparky certainly does! However, I’ve had non-poly cats that did the same.
    Today while I was brushing my hair in the bathroom, Sparky jumped onto the counter and showed great interest in the sink. Knowing that she’s something of a water freak (she is fascinated by the shower!) I turned on the faucet so that it was just a trickle. Oh my, did she have fun! Like your friend’s cats, Sparky used her paws like hands, poking them in and out of the water, then licking the water off her wet paw. She also learned how to drink sideways from the trickle and not get her ear and face wet. It was fascinating watching her figure it out!

    Reply
  31. I laughed at your “master lock picker”. I’ve discovered that some drawers are easier than others for the cats to open, so anything I don’t want them to have gets hidden away in high (the highboy) and/or heavy drawers (the china cabinet).
    And where do I keep my garbage? In the bin in the bottom of my freezer! *Nothing* I did kept them out of it.

    Reply
  32. I laughed at your “master lock picker”. I’ve discovered that some drawers are easier than others for the cats to open, so anything I don’t want them to have gets hidden away in high (the highboy) and/or heavy drawers (the china cabinet).
    And where do I keep my garbage? In the bin in the bottom of my freezer! *Nothing* I did kept them out of it.

    Reply
  33. I laughed at your “master lock picker”. I’ve discovered that some drawers are easier than others for the cats to open, so anything I don’t want them to have gets hidden away in high (the highboy) and/or heavy drawers (the china cabinet).
    And where do I keep my garbage? In the bin in the bottom of my freezer! *Nothing* I did kept them out of it.

    Reply
  34. I laughed at your “master lock picker”. I’ve discovered that some drawers are easier than others for the cats to open, so anything I don’t want them to have gets hidden away in high (the highboy) and/or heavy drawers (the china cabinet).
    And where do I keep my garbage? In the bin in the bottom of my freezer! *Nothing* I did kept them out of it.

    Reply
  35. I laughed at your “master lock picker”. I’ve discovered that some drawers are easier than others for the cats to open, so anything I don’t want them to have gets hidden away in high (the highboy) and/or heavy drawers (the china cabinet).
    And where do I keep my garbage? In the bin in the bottom of my freezer! *Nothing* I did kept them out of it.

    Reply
  36. Theo, thanks for letting me know your comment got stuck in Typepad’s spam folder. I liberated it and now I’m replying!
    Thank you for the link to those kitty pom-poms. Sparky loves her pom-pom. She got hers by pulling it off the knit stocking cap of a stuffed bear. The funny thing is, my Boxer likes it too, and despite the pom-pom being so small, neither Sparky nor Shona has destroyed it. And like your Garth, Sparky also likes cardboard toilet paper rolls and plastic milk jug rings. I also have one of those fishing pole things, with a feather on the end of the string. I had to put it away because Sparky is so acrobatic that she could leap tremendous heights and snag the feather.

    Reply
  37. Theo, thanks for letting me know your comment got stuck in Typepad’s spam folder. I liberated it and now I’m replying!
    Thank you for the link to those kitty pom-poms. Sparky loves her pom-pom. She got hers by pulling it off the knit stocking cap of a stuffed bear. The funny thing is, my Boxer likes it too, and despite the pom-pom being so small, neither Sparky nor Shona has destroyed it. And like your Garth, Sparky also likes cardboard toilet paper rolls and plastic milk jug rings. I also have one of those fishing pole things, with a feather on the end of the string. I had to put it away because Sparky is so acrobatic that she could leap tremendous heights and snag the feather.

    Reply
  38. Theo, thanks for letting me know your comment got stuck in Typepad’s spam folder. I liberated it and now I’m replying!
    Thank you for the link to those kitty pom-poms. Sparky loves her pom-pom. She got hers by pulling it off the knit stocking cap of a stuffed bear. The funny thing is, my Boxer likes it too, and despite the pom-pom being so small, neither Sparky nor Shona has destroyed it. And like your Garth, Sparky also likes cardboard toilet paper rolls and plastic milk jug rings. I also have one of those fishing pole things, with a feather on the end of the string. I had to put it away because Sparky is so acrobatic that she could leap tremendous heights and snag the feather.

    Reply
  39. Theo, thanks for letting me know your comment got stuck in Typepad’s spam folder. I liberated it and now I’m replying!
    Thank you for the link to those kitty pom-poms. Sparky loves her pom-pom. She got hers by pulling it off the knit stocking cap of a stuffed bear. The funny thing is, my Boxer likes it too, and despite the pom-pom being so small, neither Sparky nor Shona has destroyed it. And like your Garth, Sparky also likes cardboard toilet paper rolls and plastic milk jug rings. I also have one of those fishing pole things, with a feather on the end of the string. I had to put it away because Sparky is so acrobatic that she could leap tremendous heights and snag the feather.

    Reply
  40. Theo, thanks for letting me know your comment got stuck in Typepad’s spam folder. I liberated it and now I’m replying!
    Thank you for the link to those kitty pom-poms. Sparky loves her pom-pom. She got hers by pulling it off the knit stocking cap of a stuffed bear. The funny thing is, my Boxer likes it too, and despite the pom-pom being so small, neither Sparky nor Shona has destroyed it. And like your Garth, Sparky also likes cardboard toilet paper rolls and plastic milk jug rings. I also have one of those fishing pole things, with a feather on the end of the string. I had to put it away because Sparky is so acrobatic that she could leap tremendous heights and snag the feather.

    Reply
  41. Donna, I had to laugh out loud about where you put your garbage to keep it safe from your cats! For that same reason, I rinse off everything before it goes in the garbage. No attractive smells for the cats or dogs. *g* However, I have to confess that the main reason I do it is because I can’t tolerate smelly garbage. So far, the cats and dogs haven’t figured out how to open the door under the sink, where I keep the garbage.
    Today Sparky discovered that bathroom sinks are just right for cat shenanigans. I nearly peed my pants when I entered the bathroom in the dark and as I passed the sinks, something snaked out of the darkness and patted my arm. Big startle! I’m already used to ambushes on the legs, and now Sparky has another way to say, “Gotcha!”

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  42. Donna, I had to laugh out loud about where you put your garbage to keep it safe from your cats! For that same reason, I rinse off everything before it goes in the garbage. No attractive smells for the cats or dogs. *g* However, I have to confess that the main reason I do it is because I can’t tolerate smelly garbage. So far, the cats and dogs haven’t figured out how to open the door under the sink, where I keep the garbage.
    Today Sparky discovered that bathroom sinks are just right for cat shenanigans. I nearly peed my pants when I entered the bathroom in the dark and as I passed the sinks, something snaked out of the darkness and patted my arm. Big startle! I’m already used to ambushes on the legs, and now Sparky has another way to say, “Gotcha!”

    Reply
  43. Donna, I had to laugh out loud about where you put your garbage to keep it safe from your cats! For that same reason, I rinse off everything before it goes in the garbage. No attractive smells for the cats or dogs. *g* However, I have to confess that the main reason I do it is because I can’t tolerate smelly garbage. So far, the cats and dogs haven’t figured out how to open the door under the sink, where I keep the garbage.
    Today Sparky discovered that bathroom sinks are just right for cat shenanigans. I nearly peed my pants when I entered the bathroom in the dark and as I passed the sinks, something snaked out of the darkness and patted my arm. Big startle! I’m already used to ambushes on the legs, and now Sparky has another way to say, “Gotcha!”

    Reply
  44. Donna, I had to laugh out loud about where you put your garbage to keep it safe from your cats! For that same reason, I rinse off everything before it goes in the garbage. No attractive smells for the cats or dogs. *g* However, I have to confess that the main reason I do it is because I can’t tolerate smelly garbage. So far, the cats and dogs haven’t figured out how to open the door under the sink, where I keep the garbage.
    Today Sparky discovered that bathroom sinks are just right for cat shenanigans. I nearly peed my pants when I entered the bathroom in the dark and as I passed the sinks, something snaked out of the darkness and patted my arm. Big startle! I’m already used to ambushes on the legs, and now Sparky has another way to say, “Gotcha!”

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  45. Donna, I had to laugh out loud about where you put your garbage to keep it safe from your cats! For that same reason, I rinse off everything before it goes in the garbage. No attractive smells for the cats or dogs. *g* However, I have to confess that the main reason I do it is because I can’t tolerate smelly garbage. So far, the cats and dogs haven’t figured out how to open the door under the sink, where I keep the garbage.
    Today Sparky discovered that bathroom sinks are just right for cat shenanigans. I nearly peed my pants when I entered the bathroom in the dark and as I passed the sinks, something snaked out of the darkness and patted my arm. Big startle! I’m already used to ambushes on the legs, and now Sparky has another way to say, “Gotcha!”

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  46. An aside…I have one of those garbage cans with the swinging lid, you know, the one that flips over endlessley to the delight of small children everywhere…
    Garth ended up in the garbage a couple times because he jumped on it and our rescue dobe, Murphy, figured out how to swing the lid and get his head into it so now, it’s taped shut with duct tape.
    Always keep a roll handy. You just never know… 😉

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  47. An aside…I have one of those garbage cans with the swinging lid, you know, the one that flips over endlessley to the delight of small children everywhere…
    Garth ended up in the garbage a couple times because he jumped on it and our rescue dobe, Murphy, figured out how to swing the lid and get his head into it so now, it’s taped shut with duct tape.
    Always keep a roll handy. You just never know… 😉

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  48. An aside…I have one of those garbage cans with the swinging lid, you know, the one that flips over endlessley to the delight of small children everywhere…
    Garth ended up in the garbage a couple times because he jumped on it and our rescue dobe, Murphy, figured out how to swing the lid and get his head into it so now, it’s taped shut with duct tape.
    Always keep a roll handy. You just never know… 😉

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  49. An aside…I have one of those garbage cans with the swinging lid, you know, the one that flips over endlessley to the delight of small children everywhere…
    Garth ended up in the garbage a couple times because he jumped on it and our rescue dobe, Murphy, figured out how to swing the lid and get his head into it so now, it’s taped shut with duct tape.
    Always keep a roll handy. You just never know… 😉

    Reply
  50. An aside…I have one of those garbage cans with the swinging lid, you know, the one that flips over endlessley to the delight of small children everywhere…
    Garth ended up in the garbage a couple times because he jumped on it and our rescue dobe, Murphy, figured out how to swing the lid and get his head into it so now, it’s taped shut with duct tape.
    Always keep a roll handy. You just never know… 😉

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  51. My turn to laugh out loud. 😀 Sparky and the bathroom ambush–oh, my!
    Fetchable cat toy: take a jingle ball with holes in it, and then–you know how the sixteen lb. bags of cat food usually have a bigger sealing strip and a smaller one sewn on? Peel off the smaller one and tie it through the ball like a kite tail. You have a wonderfully fetchable, rolling, noisy toy with a handle for easy grab and carry. Just make sure the plastic “tail” doesn’t get frayed with too much chewing. This has been a favorite at our house.
    Like this kind of ball:
    http://www.petco.com/product/117885/Petco-Lattice-Ball-and-Bell-Cat-Toys.aspx
    They can break with vigorous playing, though. I always have to watch and make sure nobody gets the bell out to swallow.
    🙂

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  52. My turn to laugh out loud. 😀 Sparky and the bathroom ambush–oh, my!
    Fetchable cat toy: take a jingle ball with holes in it, and then–you know how the sixteen lb. bags of cat food usually have a bigger sealing strip and a smaller one sewn on? Peel off the smaller one and tie it through the ball like a kite tail. You have a wonderfully fetchable, rolling, noisy toy with a handle for easy grab and carry. Just make sure the plastic “tail” doesn’t get frayed with too much chewing. This has been a favorite at our house.
    Like this kind of ball:
    http://www.petco.com/product/117885/Petco-Lattice-Ball-and-Bell-Cat-Toys.aspx
    They can break with vigorous playing, though. I always have to watch and make sure nobody gets the bell out to swallow.
    🙂

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  53. My turn to laugh out loud. 😀 Sparky and the bathroom ambush–oh, my!
    Fetchable cat toy: take a jingle ball with holes in it, and then–you know how the sixteen lb. bags of cat food usually have a bigger sealing strip and a smaller one sewn on? Peel off the smaller one and tie it through the ball like a kite tail. You have a wonderfully fetchable, rolling, noisy toy with a handle for easy grab and carry. Just make sure the plastic “tail” doesn’t get frayed with too much chewing. This has been a favorite at our house.
    Like this kind of ball:
    http://www.petco.com/product/117885/Petco-Lattice-Ball-and-Bell-Cat-Toys.aspx
    They can break with vigorous playing, though. I always have to watch and make sure nobody gets the bell out to swallow.
    🙂

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  54. My turn to laugh out loud. 😀 Sparky and the bathroom ambush–oh, my!
    Fetchable cat toy: take a jingle ball with holes in it, and then–you know how the sixteen lb. bags of cat food usually have a bigger sealing strip and a smaller one sewn on? Peel off the smaller one and tie it through the ball like a kite tail. You have a wonderfully fetchable, rolling, noisy toy with a handle for easy grab and carry. Just make sure the plastic “tail” doesn’t get frayed with too much chewing. This has been a favorite at our house.
    Like this kind of ball:
    http://www.petco.com/product/117885/Petco-Lattice-Ball-and-Bell-Cat-Toys.aspx
    They can break with vigorous playing, though. I always have to watch and make sure nobody gets the bell out to swallow.
    🙂

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  55. My turn to laugh out loud. 😀 Sparky and the bathroom ambush–oh, my!
    Fetchable cat toy: take a jingle ball with holes in it, and then–you know how the sixteen lb. bags of cat food usually have a bigger sealing strip and a smaller one sewn on? Peel off the smaller one and tie it through the ball like a kite tail. You have a wonderfully fetchable, rolling, noisy toy with a handle for easy grab and carry. Just make sure the plastic “tail” doesn’t get frayed with too much chewing. This has been a favorite at our house.
    Like this kind of ball:
    http://www.petco.com/product/117885/Petco-Lattice-Ball-and-Bell-Cat-Toys.aspx
    They can break with vigorous playing, though. I always have to watch and make sure nobody gets the bell out to swallow.
    🙂

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  56. Lucy, thank you for the link to the Petco lattice balls. I’m leaving in a few minutes to run errands, and I’ll stop at Petco and see if they have any in stock. They look diabolical! I can see a cat trying and trying to get inside that ball to pluck out the thing inside it! I have a plastic box with numerous holes on the top and sides. You drop something inside, and the cat can see it in the box, and starts fishing for it by putting her paws inside. It’s hilarious to watch. Sparky is getting really good at fishing things out of the box! It gets really fun when both cats get in on the action.

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  57. Lucy, thank you for the link to the Petco lattice balls. I’m leaving in a few minutes to run errands, and I’ll stop at Petco and see if they have any in stock. They look diabolical! I can see a cat trying and trying to get inside that ball to pluck out the thing inside it! I have a plastic box with numerous holes on the top and sides. You drop something inside, and the cat can see it in the box, and starts fishing for it by putting her paws inside. It’s hilarious to watch. Sparky is getting really good at fishing things out of the box! It gets really fun when both cats get in on the action.

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  58. Lucy, thank you for the link to the Petco lattice balls. I’m leaving in a few minutes to run errands, and I’ll stop at Petco and see if they have any in stock. They look diabolical! I can see a cat trying and trying to get inside that ball to pluck out the thing inside it! I have a plastic box with numerous holes on the top and sides. You drop something inside, and the cat can see it in the box, and starts fishing for it by putting her paws inside. It’s hilarious to watch. Sparky is getting really good at fishing things out of the box! It gets really fun when both cats get in on the action.

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  59. Lucy, thank you for the link to the Petco lattice balls. I’m leaving in a few minutes to run errands, and I’ll stop at Petco and see if they have any in stock. They look diabolical! I can see a cat trying and trying to get inside that ball to pluck out the thing inside it! I have a plastic box with numerous holes on the top and sides. You drop something inside, and the cat can see it in the box, and starts fishing for it by putting her paws inside. It’s hilarious to watch. Sparky is getting really good at fishing things out of the box! It gets really fun when both cats get in on the action.

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  60. Lucy, thank you for the link to the Petco lattice balls. I’m leaving in a few minutes to run errands, and I’ll stop at Petco and see if they have any in stock. They look diabolical! I can see a cat trying and trying to get inside that ball to pluck out the thing inside it! I have a plastic box with numerous holes on the top and sides. You drop something inside, and the cat can see it in the box, and starts fishing for it by putting her paws inside. It’s hilarious to watch. Sparky is getting really good at fishing things out of the box! It gets really fun when both cats get in on the action.

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  61. To all you lovely members of the Sparky Tabasco Fan Club: *g* I can’t tell you how much I’ve been enjoying your comments, advice, and anecdotes about your own cats. Cat people are wonderful, and each of your cats has a unique personality and talents. I believe all cats are unique, and it takes an observant and loving owner to encourage and appreciate their fur babies.

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  62. To all you lovely members of the Sparky Tabasco Fan Club: *g* I can’t tell you how much I’ve been enjoying your comments, advice, and anecdotes about your own cats. Cat people are wonderful, and each of your cats has a unique personality and talents. I believe all cats are unique, and it takes an observant and loving owner to encourage and appreciate their fur babies.

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  63. To all you lovely members of the Sparky Tabasco Fan Club: *g* I can’t tell you how much I’ve been enjoying your comments, advice, and anecdotes about your own cats. Cat people are wonderful, and each of your cats has a unique personality and talents. I believe all cats are unique, and it takes an observant and loving owner to encourage and appreciate their fur babies.

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  64. To all you lovely members of the Sparky Tabasco Fan Club: *g* I can’t tell you how much I’ve been enjoying your comments, advice, and anecdotes about your own cats. Cat people are wonderful, and each of your cats has a unique personality and talents. I believe all cats are unique, and it takes an observant and loving owner to encourage and appreciate their fur babies.

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  65. To all you lovely members of the Sparky Tabasco Fan Club: *g* I can’t tell you how much I’ve been enjoying your comments, advice, and anecdotes about your own cats. Cat people are wonderful, and each of your cats has a unique personality and talents. I believe all cats are unique, and it takes an observant and loving owner to encourage and appreciate their fur babies.

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