|Purred: Wed Nov 4, '09 10:39am PST |
|Dillon, totally agree - I'm at my desk trying not to burst out laughing! Throwing cat toys on your head - man, your guys are good!
Another thing I do (sorry I said this already in another post) is to leave out half a day's meal and just let them eat it when they want it. Sometimes it's all at once, sometimes they come back and graze. They've eaten food that's been out all day (inside, climate-controlled) and never had a problem.
Whole prey - throw the cat a mouse. I tried pinkies from the pet store, but no one liked them, so I had to chance ordering a bag of adult mice from Rodent Pro. Shipping's expensive, but it was a huge hit with Lurch. He knew what to do with it immediately. The others batted it around but prefer the taste of their own outdoor hunts. Interestingly, Lurch won't eat the wild mice.
My stories aren't nearly as funny as yours, but here's one. Lurch is black and has a condition that affects his balance - he walks like a drunk and his head bobs. The first time I gave him a feeder chick, which is bright yellow, he picked it up with his ears back like a proper wild panther, and staggered off with it to his private spot. Or tried to. He lost control of it and inadvertently tossed it to the side. He stopped, looked around, and casually spit out a tiny yellow feather. Ptui. Maybe you had to be there, but I nearly died.
Back to topic, you can feed the prey still frozen, which cuts down on mess. The first few times you'll probably need to thaw them to make them appealing, though.
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