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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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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.