Time for a little bit of mousing! Well, something like mousing. I have a very special way of simulating the experience of chasing a mouse that is in a hole with Manna and Dexter. We call it the “Evil Straw” game. I put two or more plastic straws together end to end and wiggle the Evil Straw around underneath a piece of furniture or blanket. Our CuddleMuffs make perfect places to hide the straw. Manna and Dexter go crazy for this game!
Manna is the type of kitty that loves ground prey. She can not resist something that slithers on the ground or hides in holes. The Evil Straw game is squarely in her wheelhouse. She is super fast (sometimes too fast for the camera) and she has a great grip!
Sometimes catching the Evil Straw is not the only obstacle in the game. Manna has found out the hard way that sometimes having a little brofur can cause issues too. He doesn’t always respect her personal space. As the photograph below shows, he can clearly see that she is on an exciting hunt, but chose to just walk right over her anyway. Manna felt that he might have given her strategic position away to the Evil Straw.
When Dexter is otherwise occupied, Manna easily catches the Evil Straw. There’s no outsmarting this little girl. Just check out that smile!
If a photo is worth 1,000 words, then a funny cat picture is worth 2,000. Sometimes I capture a photo that explains what my cats are thinking exactly. Here, Manna was getting ready to pounce the Evil Straw. She had spotted it and had just crouched down to engage in a butt wiggle. However, Dexter decided to come over to say hi. Manna displayed her frustration in a way that only Manna could.