Tuesday, December 02, 2014

7.2 Animals - Cat Toys

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the second day of each month is "Animals."
A while ago, some researchers made a splash when they did some research on cats by attaching miniature video cameras to some cats and monitoring the cats' behavior. What they found was that even well fed housecats will hunt for pleasure. Cats are killing machines.  We like to affectionately call Zellybeaners our little murderer. 

And it's true. She's never been confronted with another mammal, but when I take her out for walks on her harness and leash, I have had to physically remove her from chasing small frogs (toads?) that hang out  by our front door in the spring and summer. She will stalk an insect in our apartment for hours and by the time she maims it, I'm pretty convinced the bugs have just given up in sheer frustration with her single-minded pursuit.
And we buy her lots of toys in the shape of animals. If you don't think it's funny to see a cat walking around with a stuffed puppy in her mouth, you would not have a good time at our house. 
(Aside: I have a lot of angst over having a pet.  I think Z would probably have had a more natural life as a barncat. I also think she would have had a shorter life, probably with more pain and hunger.  But she's ours and I have a responsibility to her and to all the other small creatures she would potentially murder.)
To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

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