The cat’s meow

Miss Mia Sopaipilla dares you to make a move on her Q-Tip.

Best. Cat. Toy. Ever.

Miss Mia Sopaipilla and Field Marshal Turkish von Turkenstein, commander of the 1st Feline Home Defense Regiment (not pictured), put a serious ass-whuppin’ on a couple of Q-Tips this morning.

Herself was busy in her office when the cats decided, as cats will, to sit on the sheet music she was preparing for sale on eBay.

Now, your cat loves nothing more than sitting on something, unless it’s sitting on something that’s sitting on something; in this instance, sheet music sitting on the floor.

Or perhaps sitting on something that’s sitting on something that’s sitting on something. Or maybe invading a cardboard box or a plastic bag. Or just plain getting underfoot, what Robert A. Heinlein called “following you ahead of you.”

So Herself chucked them a couple of Q-Tips and boom! Now we have another hot item in the Instant Cat Toy Catalogue. Just in time for Black Friday, too. Operators are standing by.

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9 Responses to “The cat’s meow”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Yea Mia, get out of the damn way. I want to see the Rivendell behind you. It’s driving me nuts trying to figure out which one it is. Clem, maybe?

  2. Libby Says:

    Genius. The elusive Miss Mia “whatcha looking at” Sopaipilla makes an appearance with her low tech toy! I was reading Tufts University newsletter, “Catnip” a few days ago and found out that I’ve been using the laser pointer all wrong. That is, I am supposed to offer an actual toy prey after a session. The cats need to actually ‘catch’ a toy and pummel it. Without this step pets become anxious and stressed. Unintended consequences. It makes sense when the argument is laid out.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Good point Libby. When I play tug of war with Duffy, his favorite toy is a Tugga Wubba, I read it is important to let him win occasionally or he will quickly lose interest. Makes sense to me.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      We have a couple of fishing-rod-style deals with feathers and fake birds attached that we use as Feline Entertainment Systems from time to time.

      When the Turk catches one, nine times out of 10 he just drifts off into this nihilistic “cat”-atonic state.

      “Life. Don’t talk to me about life. It’s all a charade. You struggle and what do you get for it? A bit of felt and feathers. A lie.”

  3. Carl Duellman Says:

    and q-tips are quiet. our cats were playing with something noisy last night around 11:30 and then again at 11:45 and then again around midnight. i never figured out what it was.

    off topic but the new netflix movie ‘the legend of buster scruggs’ has an episode with tom waits.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Thanks for the reminder, Carl. Herself and I watched “Buster,” the latest from the Coen Brothers, on Friday, and I meant to mention it but got distracted.

      Whadja think? I thought it was miles better than “Hail, Caesar,” which never really grabbed me. I think we’ll have to watch it again, though. As usual with the Brothers Coen there are bits of secret code that elude me on the first viewing.

      • Carl Duellman Says:

        we only watched half of the show as we were both beat by the time we sat down but so far i thought it was great. it seems to be hitting all the western movie tropes and adding the coen brothers weird randomness.

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