This is it! If she doesn’t play with it, this is the last time I buy our cat Samantha a toy! Time and time again, I am determined to find something that she will enjoy playing with and it’s a bust. My latest try was a catnip banana*. I’d been seeing all the cats with blogs playing with these toys, they call them “nip nanners”, and having so much fun! Sam might like this!
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Look – she played with it! The truth is, however, that she will often play with toys when she first gets them. Once. She’s been seen here on the blog playing with a West Paw caterpillar and some toys from K9Bytes. She did have some plastic balls with bells once that she’d bat around the room, but that was when she could still see. She’s had tunnels* and laser toys*, but everything ends up lying around collecting dust and cat fur, and ultimately, I gather them together and pass them on to Cousin Nina or the shelter.
Come to think of it…..maybe she’s just being a good blog cat too? Doing her duty playing with toys for the camera, and then she’s done with it! We did, after all, have to fire her once from doing food reviews (“It’s Come to This – Outsourcing“), so toys aren’t the only thing she’s fussy about. She sometimes will only eat a food once too, then she’s ready to move on to something else.
Sam is 15, and that could be a factor in why she doesn’t play with toys much; but I don’t think she’s ever really been big on them except for maybe when she was a kitten. I simply can’t remember any toy that she ever really loved…her sister Katie was far more into toys than she ever was. That also reminds me of our beagle, Kobi, who never played with a toy once he was much older than 4 or 5. Luke, at only 4 years old now, often will only play with a toy once too. Yet I keep buying him more toys as well.
So why am I so persistent about getting her to play with something? I suppose a big part of it is that she’s been an only cat for a while now and I want her to have something to keep her entertained. Now, being mostly blind, I feel like her world is even smaller; especially this time of year when I can’t really get her outside. Sam has always been a loner though. I think she mostly prefers just lying in the sun or in front of the heater. I think she’s content as long as she gets some petting and chin scritches, and of course treats every afternoon, along with her two meals/day.
While we’re speaking of Sam, she had a visit to the vet last week. We saw blood in her urine, so we got a sample and got her over there as soon as we could. Long story short, she has a UTI, she got an antibiotic shot, and hopefully that’s the end of that. You can imagine where my mind went when I first noticed it; therefore it was a relief for it to be something hopefully easily treatable.
On a funny note, the vet gave me the choice between the injection and us giving Sam liquid antibiotics through a dropper daily. I had flashbacks to several years ago when she was sick and we tried that. All I remember is pink liquid flying everywhere, and Sam being so stressed by it all that she wouldn’t eat afterwards. Pass! So even though the injection cost more money, it will be well worth it. Just keep paws crossed that it works, and we don’t have to resort to any liquid!
The best thing that came out of this vet visit though was hearing the vet tell me how well she thinks Sam is doing. She has gained a pound since her last visit, and the vet thinks she’s at a perfect weight, and that her muscle mass is great. Her heart is strong. One thing that had made me less worried when we noticed the blood in Sam’s urine was the fact that she has seemed great lately, eating and drinking well, and her coat is soft and shiny. In spite of her blindness, she gets around great, and if we don’t show up with her meals on time, she lets us know it’s time!
So, her “nip nanner” sits in her favorite scratcher/bed by the window and I’m watching it to see if it ever moves. If it doesn’t, what do you think, will it really be “the last cat toy”?