After years of searching for the perfect cat toy, I’ve finally found it. It never fails to entice Lilo into a play session, and unlike with most toys, she doesn’t get distracted after two minutes, but keeps playing until she’s tired out. She loves it so much that she’ll play with it by herself if I leave it lying around.
What is it? A plastic packing strap — the kind used to bind pallets of cardboard or stacks of newspaper together. A month our so ago I ordered a replacement gasket for my refrigerator, and it came in a cardboard box wrapped with two packing strips. As soon as I cut them loose, Lilo went wild.
She took a brief break to think about her strategy …
… and then went back to work.
I gave the other packing strip to the two cats who live next door, and they gave it rave reviews. Even the mellow one went wild for it, jumping up three feet off the floor to try to catch it — something his guardian says he hasn’t done since he was a kitten.