It is often not difficult for a cat or kitten to find something to play with. Most surprising is that we give them a lot of toys on a monthly basis and still there are things that cats love or find more interesting, then the collection of toys we have given them.
Everybody knows the association between wool and cats from either cartoons and animations or from having seen this with their own eyes, but there are many other things that cats find fascinating to play with, but were never meant for them in the first place.
This Norwegian invention is a necessity among women for their health and well-being in life, but for cats it is definitely a toy. The bullet formed package makes for an excellent projectile to push through the living room with great force and agility by our youngest member of the family.
We got a true soccer champion with that cat. She (yes it’s a female player) usually uses a soft ball to run through the entire room, but when she can get her hands on a tampon she goes wild. Just like with the small soft balls, their nails can stick in the tissue (through the plastic) of the tampon. The interesting bullet form makes it ideal for high speed chases and sudden changes in direction.
She has also a left wing in the form of foster kitten Foxy that often likes to help her defend the position in the field. This very fast projectile proves well to be a fast companion and to make the absolutely fabulous score. GOAAAL!!! Wooohoooo!
Goal usually also means it is gone underneath some cupboard or fridge, no one can retrieve it back from – no cat at least. It usually comes down to goalkeeper Steven to remove these items with a long stick for more soccer fun.
It happens that I find the living room littered with little dark-blue balls. Some are squashed and some are still intact. At first I am worried someone had an accident outside the litter box, but further investigation leads to the discovery that I forgot to put the blueberries box back in the fridge before I went to bed.
The result is that the cats had a lot of fun with them during the night. They don’t actually eat them, although I wouldn’t want them to have it either, so I just have to remember to clean up everything. This is especially true for grapes as grapes possess a true danger to cats (and dogs).
Even a closed box (read: plastic package with blueberries) on the counter doesn’t stop them from having fun. Nusse is extremely smart and knows what is what. She is also an excellent soccer player as we just figured out before with the tampon, so she knows how to shovel a box of blueberries off the counter, onto the floor.
“BANG” says the box and out roll a bunch of blueberries. FUN! says Nusse and calls in Foxy for joining the matter. Of course, I wasn’t here when that happens, but trust me… I have seen her playing with blueberries and this box of blueberries half open was right underneath the kitchen table for proof-of-concept.
Then the real fun starts, rolling blueberries through the entire kitchen, living room and other places of the house. One can easily get a little over excited like that and accidentally pounce a blueberry. SPLOT it does and yuck what did I now get on my paw. Luckily blueberries are not dangerous to your cats.
Blueberries are, just like for us humans, anti-oxidants that your cat can have use of. However, they have a varied diet and don’t need these extra things in their stomach, so don’t go feeding blueberries to your cat by now. The thing you should keep in mind from all of this info is that it won’t harm them if they get a bit of blueberry on their paw and lick it off.
After splatting one blueberry, there are many more blueberries in the package. With much agility and precision, Nusse paws another blueberry out of the package and onto the floor to play with again. And once again, she scores!!! Underneath the cupboard or sofa.
Now you know why and mostly how I know the agility of Nusse when it comes to blueberries. The next moment you think you have cleaned up all the blueberries from the ground (all over the house), Nusse feels like playing again and figures she needs to retrieve the blueberry herself from the goal.
Out of nowhere comes another blue berry suddenly in sight and Nusse has a go with it. Now I can either spoil the fun and retrieve said blueberry for compost or let her have her fun with it. It is a truly hard choice.
Kira steals hair accessories from Theresa. If it happens to lay on the table beside the bed, it will be snatched away with her long nails in a millisecond and taken along for play. She is definitely not the only one enjoying this rather special ‘toy’, but is definitely one of the biggest lovers of them.
The hairbands for ponytails are the most interesting ones for her as they are small, yet excellent projectiles to smash about through the room. The hairband also sticks on her claw while she moves about. Of course the whole trick here is to shuffle it like a puck on ice through the house and nibble on it from time to time in between.
Kira isn’t the youngest in the house, but neither the oldest. It is quite amazing to see her go about like that.
I think that most of our cats like plastic as toys. Plastic things are definitely not meant as a cat toy, but cats do somehow get attracted to the things to bite and nibble them or to push them along through the room.
Tiger is however the master in this area. He really loves to chew things and keep on chewing on them. I suspect there is something about plastic that they like, so usually after a bit of play I remove plastic from them and dispose of it. After all, small particles could break off and end up in their throat.
It doesn’t just stop at sweetie papers, also entire lollipops are chewed on or played with. Packaging material, especially those special plastic strips that they put sometimes around packages are being chewed on by Tiger.
Nusse prefers straws and she also retrieves them from your glass when you have put it on the table. Pretty cheeky if you ask me. I find them chewed flat or to pieces in several places in the house.
Food Rests and Pasta
I tend to drop things when I prepare a meal for us both. It could be vegetable pieces, skins of vegetables or dry pasta from the package that fall down. I just watch out that I don’t leave anything like onions or garlic on the ground, because if they would eat it, it could be very dangerous to their health.
Some dry pasta is however not dangerous at all and a quite nice projectile to play soccer with. Nusse scores once again! Pasta doesn’t break so easily either, unless we accidentally stand on top of it of course.
Underwear laying on the ground in the bathroom or other places in the house are strangely enough target for our cats, both young and old. BH’s can be laid in, kittens tend to go for each cup holder, while the little older cats just like to sit on anything warm and fluffy.
Our older cats go for things like G-strings and other underwear. They tend to play with it with claws and fangs out. This is then also something we try to avoid when we catch them, because it could mean the total and imminent destruction of the underwear.
Of course underwear isn’t the only type of clothing that gets played with or at least enjoyed. Anything to sit on top of and to get warm and fuzzy by, is nice.
Unfortunately Tiger also sometimes uses towels, jumpers and blankets as a place to pee on. This is mainly because he is stressed and cannot do his business on the litter box, so he has to get out to do his business.
So that are at least 6 of the many things in our house that our cats are interested in and will try to use as their form of fun and play. I have written before about free cat toys and some essential cat toys to introduce active play for indoor cats.
Be especially careful with things that could potentially harm your cat, but in most cases you can relax and enjoy your cat going nuts on the normal and more strange objects in your household!
EDIT 04.02.2018: My audience reported on other things that their cats have been playing with that are not meant for them in the first place. These follow below and add on the already 6 things I mentioned above.
Reader Judy commented on that cats also love to use ice cubes as a toy. This ice cold projectile slides easily over a wooden or other non-carpeted floor and feels interesting to the touch. And COLD! Cats love to play with it as if it was a ball and slide the “ice puck” over your floor. When they are done playing, all that remains is a pool of water somewhere on the floor, so be careful when walking around that you don’t slip over these pools and be sure to clean them with a cloth.
Have you had any experience with your cat going weird on a – for us – total normal object or thing in the house? Please share your experiences below! I will try to include them in this post.