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28 January 2008 @ 06:47 pm
Esme has a new game. Well, a new variation on a well-established game.

First, you must know she loves toy mice. When we brought her home, her favorite toy was a stuffed green felt mouse. After gleefully chewing off its red felt ears and tail, she picked it up in her mouth and ran circuits of Don's office. Out of loyalty, she'll still bat that one around a bit, but her affections have been transferred to the hard, 'fur' covered variety. Esme still removes the pesky ears and tail first; kitteh is consistent. Often, she'll pick it up and toss it for herself, spinning on her hind legs and being all manner of adorable. Her preferred manner of play though, is to clamp her teeth on the poor, prematurely deaf and stub-tailed toy and bring it to me, wherever I might be. My job is to throw it for her. Her job is to race after it, usually wiping out on the hardwood floors, and bring it back to me. Lather, rinse, repeat.

So kitteh plays fetch. No big, right? Lots of cats play fetch.

Esme's new variation, however, is to wait until I'm in my office on the computer. She'll poke her head through the doorway, then run off to track down the nearest oval-shaped-fur-thing-that-used-to-be-a-mouse. Running full out, she jumps onto the edge of my chair, bounces to the window ledge, the edge of my desk and up on the 'hutch,' scattering papers and hair clips and Heroclix and pens. Once she's sure she has my attention - really; she waits for eye contact - she drops the mouse-thing and waits for me to throw it toward the other end of my office. Esme leaps off, more desktop detritus goes flying, and the game is on. She'll do this for a solid twenty minutes or so. We just finished a round. She's curled up on my lap as I'm typing this. Hold on... I'm going to pick her up and see if I can get a decent shot with PhotoBooth...

Rawr! I am fierce! Pay no attention to the woman behind the fierceness!

Current Location: my office
I feel: uncomfortablecrampy
I hear: kitty purring
La Petite Souris Scientifiquemelebeth on January 29th, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)
That is one extraordinarily limp kitten.
Kelladyjoust on January 29th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
She was just about to fall asleep. Moments later, she was all flailing paws and "DONE NOW!"
Aifacat: Remy. On. Crack.aifacat on January 29th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
HAHAHAH...I have a "fetcher" also...Remy will meow like crazy at me until I "notice" and throw the mouse for him, lol. I'm trying to train him off one little bad habit he picked up during our fetch games...as I'm picking up said mousie he bats at my hand. Which wouldn't be a problem except for The Claws. Ouch.

Does Esme like to chew on the mice so that her teeth squeak against the plastic under the fake fur? That's a pretty sound, lol...not.
Jared: Hexleycrimsontom on January 29th, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
I had to ban all hard furry mice toys. No matter how many are out, Gizmo must have them all. Sterling likes them, but Gizmo carries them around in his mouth and growls/hisses at Sterling. "MINE!!!" even when there's two, that's not good enough. It's a shame cause they seem to love playing with them so much, but I won't have either of them getting hurt because of possessiveness.
Rennierengirlie87 on January 29th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
Cocoa does the same thing (5 lb doggies is esp entertaining) since most of the dog toys are his size, he LOVEs playing "Sock," where said object is rolled into a ball and thrown in many directions.

Sometimes before bringing it back he will throw it for himself, by doing that same flip my head around thingee, then go grab it and shake the poor piece of clothing until it's good and dead. He's well over 10years old now, but Mom says he still demands to play this for a good half hour every morning.
Vampcurse: Hugsvampcurse on January 29th, 2008 01:03 pm (UTC)
Oh how I love your kitteh stories!
Kerry: Charliescreamingdolai on January 29th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
I am so happy you adopted that kitty. :)
Kat: laughevegryffindor on January 29th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
Too much precious! XD Your kitteh stories make the world a better place.
Jobs, baby, Jobs!: Pawzzahpicoland on January 29th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)