Panic Mouse and Friends

Well, that plan to post regularly is pretty much shot at this point. C’est la vie. But enough of my self-defeating crap. After all, what could be more rude than posting about not posting when there are cat toys to be endorsed?

To wit, I hereby present you with my three best attempts to up our household’s feline fun:

1. Panic Mouse: By far the coolest cat toy I’ve ever purchased. An orange half-orb with a built-in motor that spins a small wire arm around. The key? Inside the “mouse” portion of the package is a computer chip that send the arm in a haphazard motion, with a plastic wand and pom-pom that goes all squirly, twitching this way and that. After three weeks with this brilliant device, I retrofitted it with a cat dancer (one of those long wires with cinnamon sticks at the end) and a red bullet laser. My cats have been enjoying regular epileptic fits ever since. I’ve even been known to swat at the spastic cinnamon a few times myself.

2. Feline Frollic (aka Cat Attack): Ana picked up this bad boy from Sharper Image. Though it functions on the same principle as Panic Mouse (an unpredictable plastic wand whipping around a fluffy toy), it’s not nearly as cool — mainly because it can’t support heavier objects like lasers. But it does get plenty of cool points for long battery life (can stay on for 4+ days), the ability to motor forward and back, and remote-controlled operation. I’m just wondering how long I have to wait to get the motion-activated model.

3. Cat Sitter DVD: I always thought those kooks who left their cats at home watching Animal Planet were probably in need of kitty Prozac themselves. But then my mom popped in a VHS called “Cat Sitter,” and Fuzzy and Scout went bonkers. Watching the static shots of birds and squirrels, they attempted to catch every one as it flew out the side of the screen. We ultimately upgraded to the DVD, a three-hour nature bonanza that plays on a loop, so that we could leave it running for them all day. Trust me, you gotta see this.

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