She loves her scratching post

When we were preparing for Wintermuse’s arrival, we bought several things.

  1. Food (Proplan and Fancy Feast kitten food + Proplan dry kitten food).
  2. A cat carrier. It just happened to be shaped like a picnic basket.
  3. A litter box that ended up being too small, and World’s Best litter.
  4. A Da Bird feather toy on a stick, which she continues to love.
  5. Allerpet C, which we’ve never had to use.
  6. A cat brush, which we’ve never had to use.
  7. Whiskas cat temptations, which are like crack-cocaine to her.
  8. A scratching post with a ball on it.

The scratching post was completely worth the $15 we paid for it. We assembled the base, the top post, and the bottom post, and got a total 21 inches of scratching area. The bottom is carpet and the top is sisal, the straw-like stuff cats love. The top is rounded with soft fluff, and a ball is firmly attached with an elastic string. It’s filled with something jingly to make it extra awesome.

Because it’s so tall, she gets a good stretch. She claws the sisal and noms on the carpet. She also climbs the post and perches on the top, and despite rigorous playing, has not dislodged the plush ball.

Egyptian Mau kitten with scratching post

It's like a film strip

Egyptian Mau kitten batting at scratching post

It's like it's her dance partner

Check out the toe action in the left corner.

Egyptian Mau kitten batting at scratching post

Up close and personal with the scratching post

Those are some splayed paws. Usually her limbs are very narrow and delicate.

Egyptian Mau kitten batting at scratching post

Post-bat

As you can see, it really helps her with balance because she’s on her back feet, and it also lets her stretch (which just happens to show off her awesome spots).

Egyptian Mau kitten batting at scratching post

She's surprised that it came back

Her expression says ‘Oh noes!’ to me here. Again, check out those fat paws! If you watch a human run barefoot on grass, you’ll notice that their toes also widen and scrunch continuously to maintain balance through the stride. It’s one reason that running barefoot is better than doing so in shoes — they inhibit the gripping ability of the toes.

Egyptian Mau kitten with scratching post

Egyptian Mau kitten with scratching post

Aaand she’s seen something else she finds more interesting. She reminds me of Hobbes right here.

Hobbes was always leaping around

Hobbes was always leaping around

Wintermuse often has ADHD when it comes to toys. If she is playing with one but sees another, she’ll get distracted by it, bat it, and then usually but not always return to the original toy.

In fact, when we play with her with any kind of rope or dangly toy on a stick, we always switch in a small chew toy at the end. She seems to get frustrated that she can never catch the flying bird or ribbon, plus she doesn’t want play time to end, so we toss her something she can take her aggression out on. Since it’s a stationary toy, she’ll paw at it, and when it stops moving, she can assume she killed it and walk away.

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