But anyway, when this package from Hartz arrived, and Minion went right for these mice, we thought our search was over. After taking the pictures for the blog I tossed one mouse for Minion and BOTH cats went nuts, chasing after it. I tossed a second one in a different direction to get Lynx to play with one of his own, and for the first several minutes it was hysterical chaos in the house. Minion was like a kitty on crack, batting his new mouse around the kitchen. And just to see the fat ol' man Lynx actually play like a kitten was both heartwarming and hilarious. Lynx didn't play long though, which wasn't surprising. Minion continued.
Unfortunately, these didn't entertain Minion like we'd hoped. He seems to like them for short amounts of time but doesn't carry them around like he does with other mice toys. Sometimes he'll find these on his own and if he's in a hyper mood he'll be batting them all around the kitchen, or if we throw one for him to get him started he will be crazy in the first few minutes, but then his interest fizzles. Bummer.
I'd been wondering if Minion was just outgrowing his crazy kitten play tendancies. He is eleven months old now. But there are times when we just absolutely need some sort of distraction for him because he gets SO naughty when he's bored. And he is NOT a cuddly lap cat. He is just a pacing, always into something, ADHD kitty. Out of desperation, while shopping this morning I bought a pack of those original furry mice he used to love so much. When I got home and took one out of the package for him, he was crazy about them just like old times. He took off with it, batting it around the kitchen, carrying it around other rooms to have a look, then back into the kitchen to bat it around more. He has not resorted to chomping it in the first few minutes like he had been the last time around. I'm hoping he's had enough of a break from them that they will seem new all over again for him. And his reaction tells me that it is . . . quite simply . . . those particular mice that he loves the most.
(The beloved mice.)
I would like to thank Hartz for sending me these things for Minion (and Lynx) to try. The new mice and the Battabouts are not bad toys. Minion doesn't seem to prefer ANY toy more than the furry little Mini Mice. And Hartz should be glad that at least this crazy kitty's favorite toy is still one of their brand. I don't know what I'll do if they ever stop making these! LOL
So anyway, thank you, Hartz!