Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Better Than Catnip

We don't get catnip toys for Firestar anymore. But don't think he's being deprived. There is another "toy" which he actually has been enjoying far more than he ever did his old catnip mouse.

What's cool about this "toy" is that it's something we use on a regular basis ourselves. So not only does Firestar have a constant supply of something fun to play with, but we benefit directly from it, too. And it isn't tremendously pricey!


So, what is this new toy?

Dryer sheets.

You know. Those scented things like look like thick tissue paper you put in the dryer to remove static electricity and provide a nice, fresh smell to the laundry.

Well, Firestar goes nuts with them. He plays with them for hours. The only real problem is he doesn't let us throw them away. He hides them and we have to wait until he brings his entire stash out to play with. Then he has anywhere from two to six sheets he rolls around with. At that time we toss some, but always leave him with a stash to keep himself occupied. Having him chew on those instead of our hands and arms is much better.

Playing with dryer sheets. That's how dull it can be in an apartment.


Kea said...

I confess I never would have thought dryer sheets would be so entertaining, but it's great that he loves them! Pretty cheap cat toy. LOL.

Old Kitty said...


Maybe he just likes to smell fresh like freshly washed fresh laundry?

And maybe it's his way of getting a just blown-dry look if those things get rid of static as in static between his fur?

He's a clever boy your Firestar!


Take care

Bevie said...

That he is.

fairyhedgehog said...

He's a real character!

Bevie said...

That he is.

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