I’ve been trying to figure out what will get Arthur to play. Clearly, nothing in the toy box interested him! He viewed the laser pointer with contempt. He just stared at the feathers-on-a-stick with a “You’re joking, right?” expression.
The other night I brought home a new catnip pillow. He was lying on the couch when I gave it to him. A cursory sniff, then complete disinterest — I thought!
He didn’t actually play with it, but clearly he likes it. Maybe I’ll have to dig out some of the “good stuff” I used to make the Bowl-a-thon swag and make him a pillow out of it. He also still had his cold, so maybe he just didn’t feel like playing.
Last night I had friends over for dinner and he was a doll! They were suitably impressed with his size and thought him very lion-like. He was friendly and loving — lapped up the attention like cream (not that I’d ever give him cream!). He obligingly came running for treats. I was talking him up and saying how he didn’t really play — at least that I hadn’t discovered what he liked. My friend pointed out that as an former outdoor cat he’s used the “real” thing and maybe we should try and simulate that. She took the bowl-a-thon tail and had it peeking out and in from under the couch. He was immediately interested! He batted at it a bit and tried to “catch” it. I thought it was huge progress. Apparently he needs more interaction, rather than just having toys available.