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I think one of our cats has learned to play fetch.

This morning, Fiver was playing with a fuzzy ball we got for them a few days ago. He and Hazel love those toys, batting them around, carrying them in their mouths, racing after them when we toss them (our apartment is pretty open concept, so I can throw it from one end of the living room, past the kitchen, and down the front hall). Now, usually we toss, and the cats go running after, and then if we want to toss it again we have to go over and pick it up where they left it.

Today I picked up the ball, tossed it, and Fiver went running after it. Same as usual. But after he'd batted it around a few times, he picked it up in his mouth and carried it back to the chair I was standing beside. Very convenient for me! There wasn't anything very unusual about it happening once, because he likes to play with the ball lying on the chair. Anyway, I grabbed it, and lobbed it across the room again.

Fiver ran after it, picked it up, and brought it back.

We did it five or six times, in a pretty set routine--I'd throw it, he'd chase it, play with it, and bring it back to the chair. Then he got tired of the game, and didn't bring it back. Chris and I speculated about whether this was a fluke, or if he'd really learned that the game worked better when he brought the ball back to me rather than waiting for me to go find it.

An hour later, he was playing with the ball again, and stopped and stared at me. So I thought, what the heck, went over and threw it for him. And we played fetch again, going back and forth ten times until he got tired out and flopped on the floor. This time he didn't even stop to play with it after he got it--he'd race after, pick it up as soon as he caught it, and come trotting right back to me. A couple times I thought maybe he was done, because he walked slow coming back, and I started petting him, but he'd step away from me and look at the ball rather pointedly. Heh. Maybe he thought he was training me.

So, it appears my cat has been possessed by a dog, or something like that. ;)

And because this is a kitty post, I am going to post some pictures I've taken over the last few months. After all, the cats would like to meet my new LJ Friends!

This is Fiver, with one of his most frequent expressions, which at this moment probably means, 'Would you stop pointing that thing at me?'

It's remarkably similar to the 'Would you put me down already?' and 'Would you quit petting me and feed me?' expressions.

And this is Hazel, who is more into meek and pleading gazes.

At the moment this picture was taken, she was pleading with me to let her sit on my lap.

Both of the cats have some odd habits. They enjoy eating lettuce and as mentioned above, at least one of them is learning to play fetch. They also like to perch in odd places.

Hazel is partial to the gap on the kitchen bookcase (she's on the fourth shelf up):

Fiver prefers electronic devices like Chris's printer (he even printed out a test sheet once):

And then there was the time I left the dryer open for five minutes while I put away the load of clothes, and Chris called me over to get the camera:

Well, I guess 'curious' is in the job description. Fiver handles that responsibility for both himself and Hazel. :D



( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 5th, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! My cat, Runty, plays fetch. She lived with a huge police trained German Shepard before we got her and I think she picked up a lot from him. Tanya's cat Heidi also plays fetch and will drag fishing-rob-like toys ((you know what I mean)) to where you are so you will play.

Fiver is SO cute in that first photo! Hazel is totally like my Xena when meekly begging ;)
Feb. 5th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)

Runty: enjoys stealing lettuce ((not eating it)) but stealing and eatching avocado.

Sophie: plays with WHOLE patatoes. even if they are bigger tha her head. She will carry them aroundin her mouth.

Xena: porkchops. She's the normal one.
Feb. 7th, 2007 01:33 am (UTC)
Heh. Our cats are quite the scavengers--they'll try anything. I understand where Hazel's coming from (she was a stray, so I'm sure she learned to grab food wherever she could) but Fiver has no excuse, and he's worse! Always trying to grab stuff out of the garbage can, or licking the dirty dishes... I've seen him eat ketchup, bread crumbs, you name it. :P

I would love to see a pic of your cat carrying a potato in her mouth, though. Too funny! :D
Feb. 5th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
Our cat Spirit (who looks like fiver, only Spirit has white on her chest) plays fetch with her coloured springs. She can go hours going back and forth...throw it up the stairs and off she goes.

She doesn't crawl in to the dryer, but keep the fridge open more then 5 seconds and in she goes.

Oh and she loves mushroooms....if you have a bag of cat food, treats and mushrooms....she'll go for the mushrooms everytime.
Feb. 7th, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
Mushrooms, eh? Interesting. I'm not sure how our cats feel about those.

Fiver's never tried the fridge, but he does like to get into the back of the dishwasher when I'm loading the bottom rack. Drives me crazy 'cause sometimes I don't notice he's snuck in, and then it's hard getting him out once the dishes are in. It's a good thing he's so cute! ;)
Feb. 6th, 2007 01:38 am (UTC)
Aww...the first expression Fiver has and the expression on Hazel are just like the expressions my Oskar and Tacy give me. They even look similar except that Tacy is a black (or VERY dark grey) tabby, not orange. And Oskar is always turning on my printer!
Feb. 7th, 2007 01:37 am (UTC)
Obviously you'll have to post pics of your cats some time, so we can compare expressions! :D

Fiver's never turned anything on, but every now and then he turns off our entire entertainment system (TV, DVD player, etc) by stepping on the powerbar's button. Sure way to make Chris mad if he's playing video games! ;)
Feb. 6th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
They're adorable!

My cat also plays fetch, either with her kitty balls or with plastic milk bottle tops. She picks them up, runs around with them in her mouth, especially enjoys putting them in shoes (and if she sees you putting a cat toy in a shoe, she goes wild) and will bring back what you toss for her.

Also enjoys dry pasta, potato soup and eats all meat apart from pork O_o

Her favourite items, apart from toys and shoe, are boxes; in boxes, out of boxes, charging into boxes at such speed you just see a box scooting off down the hallway. If you fill a box with items she sits on the items trying to scrape them out with an indignant "who ruined my box?" face.

Oh, she's going to love moving day!
Feb. 7th, 2007 01:39 am (UTC)
Hmmm, seems like this fetch thing isn't as unusual as I thought.

Fiver is fond of boxes, too. He has a shallow, square one in the kitchen that we can't bear to throw out because it's the perfect size for him, so he curls up in it and sleeps with his chin on the edge.

Moving should definitely be interesting? Our cats were pretty freaking out--couldn't figure out why everything was disappearing into boxes and going out the door.

Congrats on getting the new place, by the way!
Feb. 6th, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
Cats make me sneeze and my eyes itch, but sometimes it's worth the drowsiness induced by a Benedryl just to snuggle up with a kitty for a little while.

Yours are adorable!
Feb. 7th, 2007 01:40 am (UTC)
Thank you for saying so!
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