I've been doing a more structured play time with the kitties every evening before their dinner time. Not only is group play supposed to help with kitty relations (since Woody came back from the hospital he has no patience for his little brothers, and inexplicably, Tiggy has even less than he does), but more diversion is supposed to help with Pickles's anxiety which is a prime suspect in his pee problems. Energy spent on PLAY EMOTION means less energy spent on FEAR. (Illustration of FEAR provided by Pickles's eyes.)
On Monday, I wrapped a few treats in four little strips of brown paper bag and gave one to each kitty. There was some initial sniffing, but, even though they had seen me put the treats inside, no one seemed to understand that the treats were still in there. I tried partially unwrapping each treat pack, but only Woody really did any digging. Ginger did mostly eat one corner of his paper pouch, but then didn't seem to notice that he had exposed the treats. Sigh.
So, today, I bought one of these things.
See how the cat in the illustration is poking at the toy? Well, Tiggy, Pickles and Ginger all did that. They even worked together to knock it about and knock out the treats. But Pickles? He took a couple of sniffs, tried to eat treats the others knocked out, and then retreated to the blue donut with the cardboard it came with.
So, let's just say his weakness is Problem Solving and leave the hidden treat games to the other cats. And then think up another game that somehow uses his strengths: Curliness and Babyness.
And in the meantime, I'll be playing the game where he and I chase each other up and down the length of the apartment until he decides it is dinner time. (Sorry downstairs neighbor.)
The December 2015 Shot - Louis & Tracey
1 year ago