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(Some Guy)   Why do cats like twisty ties and shoelaces, instead of all these fancy toys I buy?   ( divider line
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2004-11-29 03:06:28 PM  
because they're evil (the cats, not the twisty ties).

my wife's cat does the same thing
2004-11-29 03:10:50 PM  
Because they're smarter than the people that buy shiat for them.
2004-11-29 03:11:21 PM  
Look at it this way: buy some garbage bags, get your cat's xmas present free.
2004-11-29 03:11:53 PM  
My kitties are precious lil angels. They only scratch the post, use the litter box well, and never bite anything that's dangerous (wires etc.)

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//kitty pics in profile
2004-11-29 03:12:04 PM  
'Cause they don't watch TV.
2004-11-29 03:12:21 PM  
Pipe cleaners are fantastic, too. Either just wave it over kitty's head and watch him jump, or twist it into a ring and play fetch.
2004-11-29 03:12:37 PM  
Cats'n'kids. Just buy them boxes and plastic twist-ties and they'll be happy for years...especially if you also include a couple of sprinkles of catnip for effect.
2004-11-29 03:13:44 PM  
my sister's cat used to play with the springy door stops until she (the cat) knocked the plastic end off. Then she'd eat the plastic end. Then she'd puke it back up.
2004-11-29 03:13:45 PM  
Mine always prefer the papers-that-I-rolled-into-a-ball over purchased toys. I stopped purchasing toys for them some time ago.

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2004-11-29 03:16:13 PM  
Stars_At_Night: Funny I've noticed my kitties play with the springy door stops too. Hope they don't swallow the plastic thingy.

Oh and they love to lurk up behind me and jump on my back just for the shock value. And lick me all night when I'm trying to sleep.
2004-11-29 03:16:28 PM  
Have you tried applying lipstick to its anus? Apparently cats like that.
2004-11-29 03:17:05 PM  
Because, to cats, everything is a toy.

/has three little terrorist kitties
2004-11-29 03:17:05 PM  
I also stopped buying the little farkers toys awhile back. The only thing I purchase for them is catnip.
2004-11-29 03:17:17 PM  
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2004-11-29 03:17:55 PM  
Milk jug rings are the best.
2004-11-29 03:19:28 PM  

My kitty has the same toy. Try wrapping the furry part around the stick so it approximates the shape of a corn dog. When my cat wants to bite something, I wave that at him; he thinks it's a critter, and goes ape on the toy instead of my arm.


Grow your own--it's more potent and a lot cheaper. And yes, that applies to catnip as well ;)
2004-11-29 03:20:29 PM  
Because you haven't found the right toy.
2004-11-29 03:23:30 PM  
chime - My sis super-glued all new plastic thingys onto the door stops. That took care of that problem.

Now the cat just eats rubber bands.

It's not a very smart cat.
2004-11-29 03:23:33 PM  
Have you tried the busy bee?
2004-11-29 03:26:34 PM  
educated 'Cause they don't watch TV.

Mine did.

Freaked me out when they figured out how to use the remote. Came home one day to find the cats laying on the floor staring at the TV. The remote was laying between them and the TV was on a totally different channel then when I left that morning.

I am not kidding nor am I making this up. They also tried to kill the dog on a couple of occasions. Damn Cat Conspirators.
2004-11-29 03:27:30 PM  
Soda bottle caps are good too. Had to move the fridge out not to long ago for service and there were about 200 of them back there. You can always pick out the cat owners at parties or at work when you see them screw the caps back on their bottles when they're not drinking from them.
2004-11-29 03:28:35 PM  
03:17:55 PM earthrhino
Milk jug rings are the best.

They need to sell milk rings in a package. Don't do anything to them like put string on them or anything, just the rings.
2004-11-29 03:31:20 PM  
one of my cats watches TV - mostly shows about african cats. but they sure like the twist ties.

go to a craft store and buy some feathers and some fishing line and a long wooden rod. tie the three together. watch kitty go nuts.
2004-11-29 03:35:59 PM  
My house came stocked with cat toys when I bought it. They are called cockroaches. Seems like an endless supply of em too!
2004-11-29 03:38:01 PM  
Kittens play with twist ties because they have to do something to keep their mind off their inevitable death from being eaten by William Shatner.

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2004-11-29 03:39:56 PM  
Do you try to play with them or just leave them alone and expect them to play with the toys? When I buy a new toy, I make sure I show it to them and throw it around a bit to give them the idea that "hey this is a play thingy that you can throw and bite and scratch." They usually get the idea. Oh and invest in a $4 laser light. Hours and hours of fun :)

Oh and a furry little mouse helps too...

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2004-11-29 03:39:59 PM  
Because cats love to spite their pet humans.

My cats love wine corks, my hanging bead curtains, and watching television, but they don't give a gol-darn about the pricey squeaky mice I buy them.

And yes, someone could make a fortune marketing milk jug rings as cat toys.
2004-11-29 03:40:14 PM  
the only toys I buy for our cats are feathers and scrap carpet from Lowes and HD so they won't scratch the furniture. everything else is free, like paper sacks and the unfortunate lizards and bugs that wander inside the house.
2004-11-29 03:40:59 PM  
For the same reason that small children discard the expensive toys and play with the cardboard boxes.
2004-11-29 03:41:04 PM  
Because cats' brains are the size of your fist?

Mine go nuts for a long piece of yarn. But they also like those little nasty-looking catnip mice and the feather duster things.
2004-11-29 03:41:36 PM  
jasonrene, kudos. That's the hardest I've laughed all friggin day.

2004-11-29 03:41:44 PM  

Milk jug rings are the best.

You mean the plastic strip that is discarded when you buy a jug? My cat loves those. And office papers.
2004-11-29 03:45:46 PM  
My cat loved milk jug rings. She would bat it under a dining room chair, then jump on the rungs under the seat like she was a jaguar prowling in the trees. Then swipe! - she would swoop it up in her paw in one motion. Cats are great.
2004-11-29 03:46:07 PM  
Whatever you do, don't give your cat caffeine.
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2004-11-29 03:46:34 PM  
laser pointer is a good toy that never gets old.

One of my cats is absolutely obsessed with those plastic easter eggs that you put toys in. I superglued the halves together, and he rarely walks around without pushing the egg with him. Then, when it gets going too fast and wobbly, he chases it and kicks it like a deranged soccer player all over the apartment.
2004-11-29 03:47:26 PM  
my other sister's cat has a pound puppy that he totes everywhere and plays with and sometimes he wanders around with it in his mouth meowing in the middle of the night
2004-11-29 03:51:22 PM  
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2004-11-29 03:52:26 PM  
Stars_at_Night: My cat does the same thing with a furry stuffed frog. I had bought it as a Christmas gift for someone, and each day I came home I'd see it in a different spot of the house. Before too long, I realized she was treating it as her baby, and would have a very distinct meow when she was talking to it. Now, no matter where she is, you can always tell by her meow that she has carried the frog somewhere and is talking to it.

ThereAreFourLights: Thank you :)
2004-11-29 03:54:00 PM  
My house is littered with milk jug rings. Also, there are always a couple of paper grocery bags up in the loft - they love to hide in there, but only if I'm in the room. The latest addition is several little soft plastic capsules that came inside Kinder Surprise Eggs. The eggs are hollow chocolate, with a toy inside a capsule in the egg. I had thrown a couple of the capsules on the carpet, which kept the cats entertained for about five minutes, tops. Then I put a penny in one of them. The cats are still chasing that one all over the house, three days later.

They know better than to even touch my shoelaces. The verbal equivalent of electroshock therapy took care of that one.
2004-11-29 03:56:15 PM  
Because if you try to stop them playing with things you're wearing, they want to play more. If you're walking across a room with your shoelaces flapping, it's clearly a game anyway.

Just be thankful they can't tie them together.
2004-11-29 04:04:53 PM  
One of my favorite cats (few and far between) used to fetch beer caps. When nobody would flick them for him, he would take them in the bathtub and play for hours, used to drive his owner nuts at night. They'd have to pick up all the beer caps or he'd be in there at 4 a.m..

He would also stare into a quart size paper sack if you played with the bottom of the sack. He would eventually lunge into the sack feet first and become trapped. I could mess with that cat for hours. My favorite cats are ones that belong to someone else.
2004-11-29 04:05:36 PM  
Just be thankful they can't tie them together.

Because you know they would if they could.
2004-11-29 04:06:05 PM  
My cat also eats rubber bands. I'm terrified to leave any hangng around the house!

I also agree, the laser pointer is the best cat toy ever. Watch the eyes, of course!
2004-11-29 04:17:06 PM  
Murphy's Law. My roomie's dog does the same thing--he'll play or bite anything else that isn't one of the tons of toys he already has. Bastard. Cute, but he's a bastard.
2004-11-29 04:22:12 PM  
While we're at it: why do my nephews prefer to play with the big box the toy comes in rather than the toy?
2004-11-29 04:24:41 PM  
Which is more fun, smange, Play-Doh or a figurine of a horse? An empty box provides endless entertainment because it doesn't have constraints.
2004-11-29 04:28:32 PM  

Just don't point the laser at people.

Being climbed by a cat is painful.
2004-11-29 04:30:51 PM  
ArbitraryConstant: Nice farkname :)

And ya, I try to not point it at people.
2004-11-29 04:34:08 PM  
my cat's favorite toys are my toes poking out from under the covers...
2004-11-29 04:53:52 PM  
elastic hair bands will substitute for milk jug rings quite well.
Also, at this time of year, ornaments that dangle and trees to climb can provide endless entertainment.
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