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I have scheduled "Loll about" as a recurring weekly task in my personal organizer. I see this as a strike for mental health.

My fleece-lined down coat, which was briefly lying on the floor, is suspiciously damp. Uh-oh. I had neglected the Box for a few days because I was out of litter and had misplaced my credit card. That may have been a significant tactical error.

Jack made his sixth escape in a month while I was coming in the front door. He really, really wants out. Of course, once out, he stands still and stares at the long wall of doors, dumbfounded. It's not what he sees from the window. He doesn't seem to mind being scooped up and brought indoors, though. Could it all be a plea for attention?

The rebuilt PC seems to be doing nicely. Things are much faster. I don't know if that's just because there's less software on it now, or whether they're right who say that from time to time you have to nuke and pave a hard drive, just to get an uncluttered registry.

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kalleah
Mar. 1st, 2010 02:03 am (UTC)
I think lolling about is an excellent practice. And yes, I think Jack may just want some attention. :)
np_complete
Mar. 1st, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
The thing is, I can't figure out what kind of attention he wants! I try to pet him, he gets up, walks all the way around me, comes back, rubs against me, and flops over. I rub his tummy, and he purrs, but gets up and does the walkabout. This repeats. Eventually he wanders off to do something else.

I feel like he's try to tell me what he wants, but I'm not getting it. And I have the feeling he's bored. All his toys are in the same place as they were in the morning when I come home at night. And when I first got him, he loved his toys.
glory_jean
Mar. 1st, 2010 06:42 am (UTC)
I vote for attention. I had a tiger cat that did that, even though we lived on a busy street and the outdoor noises terrified him. He expected to be chased and caught (he was large and slow moving but he'd hide in bushes beside the door). Once or twice he snuck out without being seen and when he was finally missed and found he would be completely frightened, acting a little feral while wanting in desperately. Ah, cats.
np_complete
Mar. 1st, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
I just wish I knew what kind of attention he wants. He doesn't seem to care for traditional petting, and gets up, circumnavigates me, and then flops over again when I try to rub his tummy (the only kind of petting he really seems to like.) And he isn't playing with his toys.

I bought a "Da Bird" and we'll try that out tonight. Maybe he needs new toys.
glory_jean
Mar. 2nd, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
That should be a hit, I think. Most cats will play with toys-on-strings.

You might try non-traditional toys also. My cats only play with tennis balls, cardboard scratching pads and a little toy I made by cutting off the toe of an old sock, filling it with stuffing and sewing it shut. They used to make a catnip spray which worked well for my cats. Great for making toys more attractive and getting them to use the scratching post.
np_complete
Mar. 3rd, 2010 12:35 pm (UTC)
He liked "Da Bird", or at least was fascinated by it. He tracked it down afterwards to the umbrella stand I'd stuck it in and tried to bat at it.

I also gave him some kitty treats. Now he wants to know why his food isn't all kitty treats.
glory_jean
Mar. 3rd, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
Now he wants to know why his food isn't all kitty treats.

Hee!
starmalachite
Mar. 6th, 2010 10:33 am (UTC)
Re the PC: probably both options are true.

Re Jack: cats do love to be chased. Vir's favorite game is when I stomp on the floor & move toward him while making dog noises so he can merrily flee. He has seen a dog exactly twice in his life & only once heard one bark. Some things just seem to be hardwired.

His favorite toys are plastic-covered springs & crinkled Mylar balls.

Lots of younger cats have excess energy they don't know what to do with. Catnip is good for burning some of this off. Perhaps you could find some toys he can play with on his own while you're at work? Things that fit over a door or doorknob are good for this.

You could also try hiding some of his toys until he gets bored with the ones that are out & rotating them.

Unfortunately, the smarter they are, the more quickly they get bored. Good luck!

np_complete
Mar. 7th, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
That's a very handsome cat in your icon! Is he a silver tabby?

Those toys you linked to look quite promising. I'm going to look first in the local cat supply store (because it's run by the same people as run the shelter where I got Jack), but I'll keep that website in mind. Something that Jack can use when I'm not home sounds perfect.

Jack made another escape today while I was coming back from mailing a letter. This time he scampered towards the door opposite as if he were going to throw himself on their mercy and plead for asylum. But I gathered him up and brought him back indoors.
starmalachite
Mar. 7th, 2010 09:40 am (UTC)
Why, thank you! Vir is half-Siamese with tabby points -- yes, his eyes really are that blue. This is his 1st birthday portrait, the other was taken at about 5 months.

If you can't find what you need locally, online vendors are frequently much cheaper even with shipping if you can batch your purchases.

2 more ideas occurred to me. Can Jack watch the outside world during the day? A lot of cats love that. Also, Jack may be used to having other cats around & not know what to do with himself alone yet. But with lots of affection & playtime, he should adjust.

np_complete
Mar. 9th, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
Wow, that's an even more handsome picture! And his eyes are unbelievably blue! What a lovely color!

Jack has a big window he can watch from, and he seems to enjoy that. He comes running when he hears the blind go up (it's in my bedroom.) And he apparently did have a companion in his former home. I made inquiries about the companion, but she seems to have been adopted by someone else.

I try to give him quality time in the morning and evening, but it's mostly petting and tummy-rubbing. He's lost his interest in fur mice and plastic balls, so I'm not sure how to play with him (although Da Bird gets him running around.)
starmalachite
Mar. 9th, 2010 05:47 am (UTC)
It certainly sounds like he may be missing his friend. Perhaps down the road you could get him another one.

In the meantime, about all you can do is keep trying with different toys. Some cats are just picky -- & some don't care for toys at all. Our other cat Heidi (in pic) hardly ever plays with them.
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